Portal Pack 3.0 : Makes Portlet Development Easy !!!

Portal pack 3.0The Portal Pack 3.0 is now available for download. With lots of new features and bug fixes, the Portal Pack 3.0 is out there to make portlet development easier than before. This version is compatible with NetBeans 6.5 IDE. This version of Portal Pack supports the recently released Sun GlassFish Web Space Server 10.0 which is part of the GlassFish Portfolio.
WebSpace
Sun GlassFish Web Space Server is Sun's next generation aggregation and presentaion platform.  It enables businesses large and small to pull together applications and content from a variety of Web-based and internal sources and present them as a unified, customizable portal on Web browsers, kiosks, and mobile devices. For more info you can check this blog written by James.

Some of the Key Features in Portal Pack 3.0

  • Support for New JSR 286 specification

  • Eventing Storyboard for JSR 286 Eventing

  • Visual Portlet Builder plug-in to build JSF portlet using WYSIWYG editor.

  • Portlets with Spring MVC framework

  • Write Portlets with different languages like Ruby/PHP/Groovy which can be deployed on Sun GlassFish Web Space Server and Liferay Portal Server.

  • Use Web Space/Liferay's service builder framework inside your portlet. A new advanced Service XML editor is introduced to help you define and generate services.

  • Use Web Space/Liferay's service apis directly to write advanced portlets.

  • Use Taglibs provided by Web Space/Liferay directly inside your Portlet. For example : You can use rich ui taglibs provided by Liferay/Web Space inside your Portlet, so that your portlet will look similar to other UI in the portal page.

  • Directory deployment : Using new directory deployment feature, you can quickly develop and test your application without redeploying your portlet application again and again. So no need to deploy your portlet when you are changing JSPs, HTML, javascripts etc etc... Also if you are developing portlets using PHP/Ruby/Groovy languages then you need to deploy the portlet only once during development cycle. During development, just change the PHP/Ruby/Groovy script and refesh the browser to see the output.

The deployment support in this release has been extended to support the following servers

Here's the link to the  quick start guide for Portal Pack 3.0 . So try out this new Portal Pack 3.0  !!!


We have already started working on the next update for Portal Pack. Your feedback for the existing features and suggestions for any new features are most welcome. So you may see your suggested feature in the next update release of Portal Pack.

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