Monday Sep 01, 2008

Portal Pack 3.0 M1 - Features Highlights

Portal Pack 3.0 Milestone 1 has been released recently. This version of Portal Pack plug-ins are supported on NetBeans 6.5 Beta. In this blog, I will explains about the new features supported by Portal Pack 3.0 Milestone 1.

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Wednesday May 14, 2008

Tutorial: JSR 286 portlet Eventing using Eventing Story Board

The recently released Portal Pack 2.0 has a new feature called Eventing StoryBoard.The Eventing StoryBoard feature in Portal Pack 2.0 simplifies the task of creating portlet application that uses JSR-286 eventing. It provides a simple drag drop feature to link the portlets involved in eventing. Automatic code generation functionality in the storyboard adds the necessary interfaces, methods and xml elements needed during eventing.

Here's a tutorial  contributed by Sriram K,  which explains about JSR 286 eventing using Eventing StoryBoard

 http://portalpack.netbeans.org/tutorials/eventing/EventingStoryBoardTutorial.html

There is also a screencast available for the same. Thanks to Hemadri, Anjana, Sriram for their help for this screencast

http://portalpack.netbeans.org/demos/evtstoryboard/eventing-story-board.htm 


Thursday May 08, 2008

Portal Pack and WebSynergy

There is a preview version of the WebSynergy plug-in available at Portal Pack project site. This plug-in supports portlet development and deployment on the new WebSynergy and also works with Liferay.


Prerequisites:
You need to install other Portal Pack 2.0 plug-ins before installing this plug-in. 

 
Using this plug-in :

  • You can write portlets which can be deployed on the WebSynergy and Liferay.
  •  By selecting the target runtime server as "WebSynergy", it automatically creates all liferay specific xml/properties file to the project.
  • Liferay specific files get updated whenever a new portlet is added to the project
  • Single click portlet deployment on WebSynergy and Liferay.
  • You can see a list of the deployed portlets in the Services tab under WebSynergy node inside your NetBeans IDE
  • Undeploy a portlet directly from the NetBeans IDE
  • Create PHP/Ruby Portlet which can be deployed on the WebSynergy. Ruby portlet development support is not currently available for download. But it will be available soon. 
  • Develop cross-platform inter-widget communication code using Eventing StoryBoard with simple drag and drop. To use this feature you need to download the latest nightly build of Generic Portlet Builder which is linked from the WebSynergy plug-in download location. Check these blog and screencast for more details.

Portal Pack 2.0 is now available

The Portal Pack 2.0 final version for NetBeans 6.1 is now available for download. It supports the new JSR 286 portlet specification.There are many new features which will help developers to write portlets quickly using JSR 286(Portlet 2.0) features. These plug-ins are also available at NetBeans 6.1 Auto-Update Center and
with Java Tools Bundle Update 5 .

 

 
Some highlights of this release are :

To know how to develop portlet using Portal Pack 2.0 read this article.

In the next few days, I will be blogging about some specific features in Portal Pack 2.0 . So keep watching this space :)

Thursday Sep 27, 2007

Portal Pack 2.0 Beta is now available

Portal Pack 2.0 Beta  for NetBeans 6.0 Beta 1 is now available. This version of  the Portal Pack supports portlet application deployment on both OpenPortal Portlet Container 1.0 and OpenPortal Portlet Container 2.0 Beta bundled with Java Application Platform SDK Update 3 Beta.

 (Check out Deepak's blog for more on Portlet Container 2.0 Beta in Java Application Platform SDK U3 Beta)

 

Some of the New Features in this release are 

  • Support for both Portlet 1.0(JSR 168) and 2.0 (JSR 286 Public Draft 1)
  • A new wizard to create portlet filters
  • Option for adding a new Public Render Parameter through UI
  • Drag and drop support to map Public Render Parameters/Filters to portlets

Useful resources :

Portal Pack 2.0 Beta Plug-ins can be downloaded as a zip archive from here.

These plugins are also available on NetBeans 6.0 Beta 1 auto update center.

Monday Aug 13, 2007

New Feature: Resource Serving in JSR 286


Recently the JSR 286 draft was available for public review which can be downloaded from this link. It includes some of the major features which were missed in the JSR 168 spec. You can visit Deepak's blog  to  get a list  of  all those major changes.  One of the major feature introduced  in this  new Portlet  specification is "Resource Serving"  .  In this blog I will  explain  this  feature in detail.

In one line "The resource serving feature provides the ability for a portlet to serve a resource".

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