Monday Oct 14, 2013

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Tuesday Jan 25, 2011

WebCenter PS3 - Navigation Models and Pure CSS3 Menus

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Officially Official - WebCenter PS3 is here!

The long awaited release of WebCenter PS3 is finally here! WebCenter PS3 represents the rationalization of many of Oracle's acquired technologies in the Enterprise 2.0 space, into a single, enterprise portal platform. Whether portals are being developed from an IDE or configured within a browser by business users, WebCenter offers a platform with a comprehensive range of functionality to allow an enterprise rapid deployment of online solutions. For a rundown on some of the exciting new features, check out the link below[Read More]

Tuesday Nov 02, 2010

WebCenter - Exposing Twitter Data in an ADF WSRP2 Portlet

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Saturday Sep 25, 2010

Your Enterprise Web - Content, Portal or Both?

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Monday Aug 30, 2010

Social BPM - Benefits & Getting Started

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Monday Aug 23, 2010

Getting Started with Site Studio for External Applications (SSXA)

The majority of IT organizations realized long ago that managing content was not a business that they wanted to be in. To address this, these organizations implemented some form of a content management system to allow business users direct management of content within their web sites. Interestingly, this evolution has only partially fulfilled the promise of liberating content management from the depths of error prone, manual management, as content management systems often do not extend beyond their own walls - leaving a significant amount of web applications and additional web properties without well rounded content management capabilities. Enter Oracle WCM 11G Site Studio for External Applications (SSXA). Using a single, mature, enterprise-class platform, Oracle's WCM 11G offers comprehensive capabilities for content management within applications, web sites and or other channels requiring content managed by business users. Read on for a complete list of benefits from SSXA. [Read More]

Monday May 31, 2010

Site Studio Mobile Example - WCM Reuse

Mobile internet usage is growing by leaps and bounds and it is theorized that in the not-to-distant future it will eclipse traditional access via desktop browsers. Mary Meeker, a managing director at Morgan Stanley and head of their global technology research team, recently predicted that mobile usage will eclipse desktop usage within the next 5 years in an Events@Google series presentation. In order for organizations to reach their prospects, customers and business partners, they will need to make their content readily available on mobile devices. A few years ago it was fairly challenging to provide a special, separate, site to cater to mobile users using technologies like WML (Wireless Markup Language). Modern mobile browsers have rendered the need for this as irrelevant and now the focus has moved toward providing a browsing experience that works well on small screen sizes and is highly performant.
What does all of this mean for Oracle UCM? Taking site content from an existing Site Studio site and targeting it for consumption for mobile devices is a very straightforward process that is aided by a number of native capabilities in the product. The example highlighted in this post takes advantage of dynamic conversion capabilities in Oracle UCM to enable site content to be created and updated via MS Office documents. These documents are then converted to a simple, clean HTML format for consumption in the desktop and mobile browsing experiences. To help better understand how this is possible the example below shows a fictional .COM and its mobile site counterpart that both leverage the same underlying content. The scenario is not complete or production ready, but highlights that a mobile experience may be best delivered by omitting portions of a site that would be present within the version served to desktop clients.
If you have browsed CNet ( on a mobile device it becomes quickly apparent that they are serving an optimized version for your mobile device. An iPhone style version can be accessed at In order to do that they leveraged some work done for the iPhone iUi project developed by Joe Hewitt that provides mobile browsers an experience that is similar to what users may find in a native iPhone application. For our example parts of this framework are used (the CSS) and this approach provides a page that will degrade nicely over a wide range of mobile browsers, since it is comprised of lightweight HTML markup and CSS. The iPhone iUi framework also provides some nice JavaScript to enable animated transitions between pages, but for the widest range of mobile browser compatibility we will only incorporate the CSS and HTML DIV / UL based page markup in our example.[Read More]

Tuesday May 11, 2010

WebCenter .NET Accelerator - Microsoft SharePoint Data via WSRP

Platforms in the enterprise will never be homogeneous. As much as any vendor would enjoy having their single development or application technology be exclusively adopted by customers, too much legacy, time, education, innovation and vertical business needs exist to make using a single platform practical. JAVA and .NET are the two industry application platform heavyweights and more often than not, business users are leveraging various systems in their day to day activities that incorporate applications developed on top of both platforms. BEA Systems acquired Plumtree Software to complete their "liquid" view of data, stressing that regardless of a particular source system heterogeneous data could interoperate at not only through layers that allowed for data aggregation, but also at the "glass" or UI layer. The technical components that allowed the integration at the glass thrive today at Oracle, helping WebCenter to provide a rich composite application framework. Oracle Ensemble and the Oracle .NET Application Accelerator allow WebCenter to consume and interact with the UI layers provided by .NET applications and a series of other technologies. The beauty of the .NET accelerator is that it can consume any .NET application and act as a Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) producer.
I recently had a chance to leverage the .NET accelerator to expose a ASP .NET 2.0 (C#) application in the WebCenter UI (pictured above) and wanted to share a few tips to help others get started with similar integrations. I was using two virtual machines for the exercise - one with Windows Server 2003, running SharePoint and the other running WebCenter Spaces 11g. For my sample application data I ended up using SharePoint 2007 lists and calendars (MOSS 2007) to supply results using a .NET API for SharePoint. [Read More]

Friday Apr 23, 2010

WebCenter 11g UI Examples

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Enterprise 2.0 and Content Management


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