Portlets - To Request or Not to Request

The Building a GoogleSearch Web Service Portlet tutorial has been published for a week now. Here is an interesting tidbit from the tutorial:

While developing portlet applications is similar to developing regular web applications, there are some important differences. For example, in a regular web application, you can use a Request Bean to pass information from one web page to the next. However, because of differences in the portlet lifecycle, you must create a Session Bean or Application Bean property and use that property to pass information to another portlet web page.

We've had several requests for a tutorial on Creating a Theme. We are currently working on this tutorial and plan to publish it in January. If there is something specific you would like us to address in this tutorial, please send us email at CreatorDocsFeedback@sun.com. A companion to this tutorial is Adding Style to Components, which will also be available in January. If you would like to be an early reviewer of either the style or theme tutorial, please send us email.

A reader asked us when Creator 2 is coming out. Vaughn answered a similar question in a post in the EA forum. He said that it will probably be released in mid-January, with an emphasis on probably. Creator 2 is undergoing a final customer acceptance program, and the planned release date could slip if the customer acceptance program reveals any serious issues. For more details, check out his post.

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