Wednesday Aug 08, 2007

Consumables from the OpenPortal Community

OpenPortal Community Some time back we had decided to open source some on the key components of the Sun Java Portal Server product in a piece-meal fashion. The idea was to enable those components to be consumed by other communities or software products (refer this article for the goals).

Since then we have open sourced the Portlet Container (based on the JSR168 standard) implementation, the WSRP implementation, the JSFPortlet bridge, and also created some new innovative projects such as Portal Pack (NetBeans and Eclipse), SAW and Mirage. And to further walk the talk, I am happy let you know that some of these components have already been consumed back by the enterprise class open source Portal Server implementation in the OpenPortal community.

A successful open source community is about adopting other communities and getting adopted by other communities, I would like to welcome other communities and software products who believe in open source to come and look at what we have to offer as part of the components mentioned above.

To go back to the article that states the goals of the OpenPortal community --

The objectives for the Portal Server open-source initiative are threefold:

- Expose Portal Server's mature and proven enterprise-class capabilities to the community and evolve it there through active participation from the community of developers, users, partners, and like-minded individuals.

- Build composable, decoupled, and lightweight components that can be used by the developer community and other projects, for example, components that serve as development or test runtimes in tools.

- Collaborate with other portal, middleware, or similar open-source efforts in the software universe for the benefit of the community.

Note: Please stay tuned for news on JSR286 and WSRP 2.0.

Friday Jul 20, 2007

Tips: JSF Portlet Bridge in Maven Repository

We now have the JSF Portlet Bridge jars available on the 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> 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

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

Sunday Jul 01, 2007

New Contributor to JSF Portlet Bridge Project

The JSF Portlet Bridge Project is making steady progress. Late last year the project released JSF Portlet Bridge 1.2 which enables running JSF 1.2 applications as portlets in the OpenPortal Portlet Container. The project team is currently improving on that implementation.

   I would also like to welcome a new member to the project -- A. Alonso Dominguez, from Social Labs NetSolutions.  He is actively contributing to the implementation of JSR 301 in the project. JSR 301 is the Portlet Bridge Specification for JavaServer Faces Technology. It standardizes the behaviour of bridge implementations to ensure true interoperability for JSF artifacts. See the JSF Portlet Bridge Project for more details.

Wednesday Jun 27, 2007

New SDN Article: OpenPortal JSF Portlet Bridge Project

JSFPortletBridge ProjectThe fifth article of the running series "Open-Source Portal Initiative at Sun" is out on Sun Developer Network -- 

JavaServer Faces Technology-Based Portlet Bridge

In the article, Deepak and Marina describe various aspects about the OpenPortal JSF Portlet Bridge Project which develops the integration library that enables JSF technology-based applications to be run and deployed as JSR168-compliant portlets, including it's design philosophy, the procedure for modifying JSF applications to comply with the JSR168 specification (illustrated via a sample application), and the Portlet Bridge's tag library.

Tuesday Feb 27, 2007

Portal Project binaries now available

The binaries for some of the sub-projects comprising the Portal Project (the ones that were missing binaries) are now available for download. This addresses some of the concerns that users have had, especially having to deal with development tools like subversion, maven, etc when the objective was to get the project artifacts up and running for evaluation and so on.

Here are links to the list of binaries that are currently available for download. Please refer to the respective sub-project pages for install instructions.

1. Portlet Container


3. Portlet Repository

4. JSF Portlet Bridge

Sunday Aug 13, 2006

New JSF-Portlet Bridge Project on

Enterprise-class Portal Open Source project on (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 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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