OpenPortal, Glassfish and Netbeans...

Wow what an experience. Coming off of JavaOne I know have this renewed energy around Java. So I tried out some open source technologies that Sun has jumpstarted in one way or another.

So I started with installing Glassfish. What an easy application server to instal and configure. The administrative interface is very similar to the Sun Java Enterprise Application Server. Wow Glassfish rolls off the tongue easier than SJEAS.

So next I tried installing the OpenPortal that the Sun Portal team has come up with. OpenPortal is an open source offshot of the Sun Java Enterprise System Portal Server. Hmmm. It would seem the Sun marketing team will have a new challenge with all these names circulating. But I digress. The OpenPortal was great. It does not have the complex functionality of its big brother but as far a developer or small portal it is great. No roles or personalization. You either got portlets or not. One thing, the login is integrated with the security (admin-role) in the Glassfish server. You can change that in one of the dot xml files though.

Topping off the experience was installing the OpenPortal plugins into Netbeans. Now, I am embarrassed to say this. But in my life, I have deployed but never developed portlets. This was another great experience in writing portlets. No stress at all.

I would say that the next generation off open source applications are great. Now off to OpenESB.
Comments:

Hi Leroy - Happy you liked the trio. Re: GlassFish & OpenPortal - let me know if you need help/have questions. We would like to start collecting people in different Geos that are knowledgeable about these technologies. - eduard/o

Posted by eduardo pelegri-llopart on May 13, 2007 at 03:00 AM EDT #

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