Tuesday Aug 14, 2007

Konichiwa and Ni Hao, The Portal Post readers!

In the past few months, The Portal Post has made a lot of progress. We have grown our readership and contributors by many fold. We are now increasing our reach even more with translations into other languages. Thanks to our brilliant team members, Takashi Komazaki and Leon Fan from the Portal L10N team, The Portal Post is now being translated in Japanese and Simplified Chinese.

I have added links to the Japanese and Simplified Chinese blogs on the right hand side menu bar. Hopefully this trend will continue and we'll be able to say Hola, BonJour, Buon Giorno, Zdravstvuite and many more Hellos to The Portal Post readers.

Thanks again to Koma-san and Leon for being the  first.

Tuesday Jul 31, 2007

Portal Server 7.1 Update 1 Release Available For Download

OpenPortal Portal Server 7.1 Update 1 is a maintenance release addressing major bug fixes from the previous releases along with some significant new features and enhancements. In particular, this release addresses some of the gaps specifically around community functionality. The new feature set includes the ability to create private  communities, allowing cross community search and management of communities via admin console. Other notable features include the AJAX portal container and the ability to create blogs.

For Solaris and Linux platforms, the release is available both in the form of an upgrade (via patches) and as a fresh install.

For Windows platform, we have taken a simple approach and are making this release available only in the form of a  pre-configured install, without an upgrade option. The main reason for taking this approach is that the earlier release of Portal Server 7.1 on Windows (part of Java Enterprise System 5 bundle) was somewhat difficult to install and required quite a few workarounds to configure the product.

This release simplifies the install experience and speeds up the evaluation and development  process. It is highly recommended that the Windows release should mainly be used for development and  evaluation purposes. 

The Portal Server 7.1 Update 1 release is available for download at this location.

Also note that the Java Application Platform SDK streamlines enterprise application development and improves developer productivity. A new version, Update 3 Preview 2,  is now available for download. In this release the Portlet Container has been updated from the earlier 1.0 beta version to 1.0 FCS.

Friday Jul 27, 2007

Portal Server Localization

Portal Server is now localized in the OpenPortal source repository!

Today we have checked-in the localization files for 7 languages in the OpenPortal repository. You can check out the latest Portal Server sources - the localization files are in the location - .../openportal/portal/l10n/src  

Portal Server is localized in German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Korean. 

The localized Portal Server is simpler and easier to use... To provide a seamless experience to localization users, all the l10n files are bundled in the core Portal install units (pkgs, rpms etc). There are no separate l10n install units.

To find out more, visit the OpenPortal Localization wiki

Friday Jul 20, 2007

Tips: JSF Portlet Bridge in Maven Repository

We now have the JSF Portlet Bridge jars available on the java.net maven2 repository.

If you use Maven2 to build JSF Portlet webapplications, you can reference the JSF Portlet Bridge library in your pom.xml as shown below. After the war is built, it will contain jsf-portlet.jar

So insert the following into your pom.xml --

Under <repositories>
            <name>Java.net Repository for Maven</name>

Under <dependencies>

The current versions are 1.2.1 and 1.1.5

Whenever the new version materializes in the JSF Portlet Bridge Project, it will also be made available via maven2 repository

Monday Jul 16, 2007

Portal Server 7.2 Build B5 available

 OpenPortal Mascot

Portal Server 7.2  Build 5 is now available in the OpenPortal project.

Highlights of this build are support for Sun Application Server 9.1, GlassFish V2, integration with SAW, Mirage, AES encryption for SRA,  new consolidated sampleportals and much more.

Checkout Getting started with OpenPortal and follow the Install Instructions and Release notes to try the latest B5 build.

Tuesday Jul 10, 2007

JSF Portlet Bridge 1.2.1 and 1.1.5 released

We've released JSF Portlet Bridge 1.2.1 and 1.1.5. The changelog contains issues resolved as well as any new features added.

If you find any issues or have any feedback for features, etc., please let us know!

To know more about JSF Portlet Bridge, you can read the article JavaServer Faces Technology-Based Portlet Bridge

Monday Jul 02, 2007

New Version of Eclipse Portal Pack Uploaded

Eclipse Portal PackA new version of Eclipse Portal Pack is uploaded on the Eclipse Portalpack site. I have tried to add support in this version for handling actions in portlets easier. The plugin can be downloaded from the Documents and Files sections of the Eclipse Portalpack site.

View the announcement here and try it out. You can also read more about it and how to use this new version on my personal blog.

Sunday Jul 01, 2007



SAW an abbreviation for Simple API for Workflow, is LIVE! Check it out here.
SAW is an open source effort towards making a generic workflow API scalable across multiple workflow engines. The default implementation will be supported with the Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite.

For details, read my blog here. Stay tuned on announce@saw.dev.java.net for further announcements.

Tuesday Jun 26, 2007

Mirage - Open Source CMS Based on JSR-170 Standards

Mirage project

The Mirage Project site got launched today on java.net. Check it out here

Mirage is an open source project which aims to deliver a professional open source content management system based on the content repository Java Content Repository (JCR) viz. JSR-170.

You can read more about it at my blog here.

Friday Jun 08, 2007

Portal Pack For Eclipse

Eclipse logo Portalpack for Eclipse has been out on Java.Net for a while now. We have about 10 contributors to this project, a lot of them from outside Sun. There are a few things I would like seen implemented in the Eclipse Portalpack project and I have just added a new announcement here which talks about a few of those. In due course I will be adding more details on each of those, so visit the Eclipse Portalpack site for more information in the near future!

Tuesday May 01, 2007

Sun Java System Portal Server 7.1 Source Available in the OpenPortal Community

OpenPortal  Sun announces the creation of the OpenPortal community which will focus on the development of standards-based enterprise-class portal technologies. You can access the OpenPortal community on java.net.

Sun recently contributed the Sun Java System Portal Server 7.1 source into the OpenPortal community.  The source code is a read-only, non-buildable version that you can download from the OpenPortal Downloads page.  A buildable version of the source code will be available later this month, the Roadmap page has more details.

The Sun Java System Portal Server 7.1 includes features such as

  • identity-based content delivery,
  • community framework (including wiki and blog),
  • plugins for portlet development in Eclipse and NetBeans,
  • and much more. 
Developers can now use, reproduce, modify, sublicense and redistribute the portal source code under the terms of the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL).  You will also find several Developer Resources available on the OpenPortal Downloads page.

Moving forward, all Sun Java System Portal Server development, including buildable source and binaries, will be available in the OpenPortal community.

Monday Apr 30, 2007

Portlet Container and WSRP stable binaries now available

The latest stable nightly binaries of the Portlet Container and WSRP projects are now available, These binaries are tested against each other for any integration issues.

This Portlet Container stable binary fixes integration issues over the milestone 1 release to support WSRP.  So if your intent  is to use WSRP functionality over the Portlet Container, it is recommended you download this binary rather than the milestone 1 binary.

For more information please refer to the download page. This page also has links to the install and user guides for the respective projects.

Wednesday Mar 14, 2007

Portlet Container 1.0 and Portal Pack 1.1 now available

Portlet Container 1.0 FCS is now available as part of the Java Application Platform SDK Update 3 Preview release. You can download the same from here.  Here are some links to related resources

The Netbeans Portlet Plug-ins help developers to develop, deploy and test portlets on to the Portlet Container 1.0.  There are new versions of the Portlet Plug-ins that are now available that work with the above Portlet Container version. The Netbeans Portlet Plug-ins are available as the part of  Java EE 5 Tools Bundle Update 3 Preview.

Checkout Deepak's  and Satya's blog for more details.

Sunday Aug 13, 2006

New JSF-Portlet Bridge Project on java.net

Enterprise-class Portal Open Source project on java.net (see related news) has just added to it's collection a new sub-project --
the JSF-Portlet Bridge / Integration Library.

The version of the bridge that has just been made available incorporates several enhancements over the one that was previously setup as a sub-module of the JSF project on java.net. Moving forward, this new project will be the home for future evolution of the bridge and will play a key role in the ever expanding usage of JSF based Portlets.

For more information, check out Deepak's blog.

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Friday Aug 04, 2006

Open Skies, Open Source and Open Portals..

Back at the JavaOne 2006 Conference, Sun announced that it was furthering it's commitment to Open Source by stating that the Sun Java System Portal Server will be among the next set of products that will transition from Closed Source to Open Source. This is part of the overall plan to do so for all of Sun's Software products portfolio, including middleware.

So today is a big step that shows commitment to delivering on that promise; the first core infrastructure component of the Sun Portal is now out there on java.net --
The Enterprise-class Portlet Container Open Source Project

Check out Deepak's blog articulating exactly what is available today, what are the future plans for the project, and how folks can join and participate in the community.

This is an incremental first step in opening up the entire Sun Portal Platform and moving it to a truly "open development" model. Please stay tuned as the team diligently works on getting the other components out there. We look forward to your participation. And to the sharing and learning..

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