Wednesday Nov 14, 2007

Glassfish Day @ Beijing

Participants flocked together to attend the Glassfish Day . I had the opportunity to talk about OpenPortal  at the Glassfish day held in Beijing. It was a wonderful bunch of participants. Do also check out Arun Gupta's blog and Carla King's blog on the same.

I talked about OpenPortal, its decoupled features, Web2.0 features, There were many questions asked about OpenPortal at the end of the talk and here is the excerpt about some of them:

  1. CMS Story
    • Check out Project Mirage. CMS  is available in the form of infrastructure APIs, Netbeans tooling and out of the box portlets(Article Management, Document Management and Custom Content Definition Portlets). CMS is being integrated with JSR170 repository e.g. Apache JackRabbit via the OCM mapping.
    • The project deliverables will be in terms of several individual smaller sub projects some of which may come in under some different projects. The deliverables from this project will be consumed by the OpenPortal project to provide CMS functionality to the portal product. The current plan is to provide in terms of deliverables :
      • CMS Infrastructure and Generic API based on the Apache Jackrabbit implementation of the JSR-170
      • CMS Tag Libraries which developers can use to create web applications/portlets that can leverage the features offerred by the content repositories.
      • Sample portlets which will be a part of the Portlet Repository. The sample portlets will showcase how to use CMS Infrastructure/API's to store/retrieve/update structured and unstructured content to the JCR.
      • Tooling Plugins for developer IDE's which empower the developer to use the Mirage API and Tag Libraries with the greatest of ease. These will be available under the Portal Pack Project.
  2. Comparison with other portals
    • Powerful CMS Story(independent of a JSR 170 compliant Repository)
    • Identity Based Content Delivery is also one of the powerful features of OpenPortal
    • Decoupled features viz. SAW, CMS , DesignView, Delegated Admin are some of the contrasting features
    • Secure Remote Access
  3. Difference between OpenPortal and OpenSource Portlet Container
    • OpenPortal and Open Source Portlet Container(OSPC) are two different projects and different consumables. OpenPortal consumes OSPC to cater to the lifecycle of a portlet(JSR 168 or JSR 286). OpenPortal is the entire Portal itself. A Portal in its entirety offers variety of different value added features viz. Security, Identity Based Content Delivery, CMS, Workflow, Collaboration, Communities etc. An OpenSource Portlet Container is a portlet container helping to render the life cycle of a portlet(JSR 168/JSR 286).
  4. Can OpenPortal work with different applications for enabling SSO
    • Yes, there is an SSOAdapter available which can be extended to enable SSO for different applications
  5. How can we contribute to OpenPortal.
    • Go to OpenPortal
    • Check out Community Wiki
    • To get involved check out GetInvolved Section
    • To subscribe to mailing lists, see the mailing lists or subscribe to the mailing list
  6. What are the various URLs specially portlet-repository
  7. Want to pitch for OpenPortal, but unable to download
    • Send Request to with exact problems faced
  8. Only available for Glassfish?? Not for Apache Geronimo
    • Currently only Glassfish
  9. How is OpenSource Portlet Container available?
  10. How to develop a simple login portlet.

And as time passed by , we came to the end of a wonderfully hosted Sun Tech Days(thanks to the organizers)



Saturday Nov 03, 2007

Sun Tech Days

Sun Tech Days, one of the most coveted events by Sun was held this month.
And guess the venue. It was none other than the very place where 2008 Olympic Games going to be held. Yes, you guessed it right. It was none other than Beijing, China. You can spot the Bird's nest in the picture, peeping behind the balloons over the Sun Tech Days venue the Beijing International Convention Center. This was the 10th anniversary of Sun Tech Days and we celebrated it by cutting a cake.

The first day began with welcome speeches and key notes(Jim Hughes) from Sun and Oracle in a very warm and spirited manner.

Then followed some very cool demos, one was about Sun SPOTs, jMaki and JavaFX, small devices which can communicate helping the dream of  controlling your Home AC from your office, hopefully, a reality. Then ofcourse was JavaFX, which seems to be catching up quite a bit. Some cool features of Netbeans followed.

OpenSolaris, Glassfish, OpenPortal, Oracle BPM,Workflow, OpenESB, Metro- Web Services, JavaFX, JRuby were other technical sessions apart from the various hands on labs that were being carried out. Time passes  and Glassfish day arrived promising lots of interest. Not disappointing there was a quite a turnout for Glassfish Day.

The participants seem to be very enthusiastic and keen to participate. As was reflected by the one of the most interesting events of the Sun Tech Days, Beijing, the talent show.
The participants who were aged group between 15-25 were in high spirits and ready to go. Ofcourse one was the winner and she won the cool Java Leather Jacket for dancing.
In a nutshell loads of fun, loads of energy and loads of participation and some very powerpacked sessions.

Watch out my next blog on  The Glassfish Day





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