Monday Jul 09, 2007

Post-Installation Troubleshooting For SRA

Information is now available on BigAdmin on post-installation configuration issues and solutions for the Secure Remote Access (SRA). This documentation has a list of common issues that occur after installation of the SRA and tips to solve them.

Click here to read the troubleshooting guide.

Friday Jul 06, 2007

Screencast: Syndication of Portlets and iGoogle Gadgets

Here's a new screencast that demonstrates the syndication of Google gadgets from iGoogle to the Sun Portal Server, and also syndication of portlets/channels from the Sun Portal Server to iGoogle. The gadgets are syndicated with the help of the open source Google gadgets wrapper portlet from PALAB. The content from Sun Portal Server is syndicated to iGoogle using a Javascript/AJAX script as discussed in a previous post

Blog maintenance: New section for Portal documentation

I added a new section for Portal Documentation in the blog's right sidebar. This section has links to documentation for some of the past releases of the Portal Server. You can use this section to directly access documentation for a particular release instead of having to search through the maze at I also added a few more links under the Useful Resources section. Let us know if there are any other links that will be useful to share from the blog.

Thursday Jul 05, 2007

Sun Portal in 2007 SYS-CON SOA World Reader's Choice Awards

SYS-CON SOA World Reader's Choice Awards

Sun Java System Portal Server has been recognized in the "Best Portal Platform" category in the recently announced SYS-CON SOA World Reader's Choice Awards for 2007. Read the full announcement here.

Overall, Sun has won several top awards, including for the Best Application Server (read more commentary on The Aquarium).

Getting Started with OpenPortal


To get started, request the observer or contributor role in the OpenPortal project. This gives the details ...

You can grab the source from the project's subversion repo:

The build instructions are here:

And the install instructions:

Windows is still flaky it is best to start with Linux or Solaris at this point.

And finally, subscribe to the users and dev aliases:

The OpenPortal developers are happy to start answering your questions and help you get involved in the project.

Tuesday Jul 03, 2007

Building Blocks: Document provides technical overview


For those who want to take a closer look at the building blocks of Portal Server and the technology that powers this wonderful product, there is a very handy document in the Portal Server 7.1 document collection.

This will give a fair idea to someone who wants to evaluate Portal Server prior to installing and testing the product. The Sun Java System Portal Server 7.1 Technical Overview explains quickly the major features Portal Server.

Monday Jul 02, 2007

New Portlet Action support in Eclipse Portal Pack

Eclipse Portal PackA new version of Eclipse Portal Pack is uploaded on the Eclipse Portalpack site.

To learn how to use this new version to easily add portlet action support to your portlet visit my blog.

Sun Portal now supports EMC Documentum Portlets

Back in January 07, we started a project to support EMC Documentum Enterprise Content Management Portlets in Sun Java System Portal Server 7.1. The portlets in Content Management and Web Publisher categories are pre-packaged Web Development Kit (WDK) components that include Java server pages,  Java classes, and XML files. These portlets  provide core content management and content services for creating, viewing, submitting and publishing various types of content.

eRoom portlets provide a dashboard view into EMC Documentum eRoom and offer the ability to manage multiple project eRooms. 

ECI Services portlet is built using ECI Services framework with adapters to search various repositories, databases and and web sites.

All these portlets are  JSR 168 standard based and customizable. For further details, please visit this link Sun Java System Portal Server Documentum Portlets 

Tuesday Jun 26, 2007

Mirage - Open Source CMS Based on JSR-170 Standards

Mirage project

The Mirage Project site got launched today on 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.

Saturday Jun 09, 2007

Portal Server at Sun TechDays in Mexico

Sun Tech Days 2006-2007I had the pleasure of giving a talk on Portal Performance and our AJAX desktop at the Sun Tech Days event in Mexico last month.  You can download the presentation from the Mexico event site, it was part of Track 1.

All of the Tech Days events are very highly recommended for all developers and cover quite a wide spectrum of technologies.  But it just so happens that the portal talk fit in perfectly.  Because after talking about NetBeans and WebServices and features of the Java language I had a chance to say, this is how it all comes together. And, by the way, everything that I talked about you can download, install and start developing your portlets.  And, yes, we have this all integrated with NetBeans. 

I usually don't have too much trouble speaking in front of an audience, but speaking in front of developers is always a challenge.  That is even more so when 300 to 400 people show up.  But, fortunately the talk was well received and I was still answering questions half hour after I finished. I had the greatest time and my thanks go out to the Sun Tech Days event organizers in Mexico and to all the attendees.

It truly is wonderful to have a chance to show off your work and my experience shows that when we show Portal Server to developers, we all win.

Tuesday Jun 05, 2007

Portlet Coordination made easy via NetBeans Portal Pack

Coordination remains one of the most talked about topics with respect to portlets. And one of the popular means of enabling portlet coordination is via the event model.

CoordinationThe Eventing (also referred to as Inter-Portlet Communication) feature in the Sun Java System Portal Server as well as the decoupled Portlet Container component built out of the OpenPortal community now has tools support in the form of an IPC Story Board feature in the NetBeans Portal Pack.

Check out Satya's blog entry introducing this feature, and especially the screencast that illustrates usage via a sample Shopping Cart application.  

Also note that the upcoming new versions of the Portal Standards, Portlet 2.0 (JSR286) and WSRP 2.0, will provide support for  portlet coordination through more than one mechanism including events. Support for those will also similarly make it's way into the Portal Pack.

Thursday May 31, 2007

Portal Desktop Design Tool Screencast

design As indicated in an earlier posting, one of the main features of the future Portal Server 7.2 release will be the Desktop Design Tool. 

The Desktop Design Tool will be an easy to use tool for portal administrators to design and customize a portal page's layout and theme.

To give a preview of this upcoming feature, I have recorded a screencast that shows how this tool can be used for adding new content, changing the layout of the page by rearranging  tabs and channels, and finally, changing the theme of the page.

Check out the screencast here -- Portal Desktop Design Tool Screencast

Thursday Feb 01, 2007

Portal Community Wiki

The enterprise-class Portal open source project is a community of Users, Developers, Partners, and Evangelists creating an industry leading enterprise-class Portal. This community is part of a collection of Open Source Middleware Communities.

The Portal Wiki is a valuable informational resource addressing the requirements of this broad Portal Community. The wiki is open for reading to all. Contributors to existing or new wiki topics need to have a registered user id.

The Portal Wiki is hosted in the following URL
Here are the links to Wiki of each Portal Component



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