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Using WebSphere Portlet Factory to develop Portal Applications

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IBM has recently release a RedBook Draft titled “Portal Application Development using WebSphere Portlet Factory” .  We at Peningo Systems strongly recommend this RedBook for any WebSphere Consultant / WebSphere Developer developing portlets.

The WebSphere Portlet Factory is a tool for rapid building of portlets on top of a service-oriented architecture (SOA). Developers are able to quickly and easily leverage their company's core assets, automatically assembling them into custom, high-value portlets.

Within this Redbook, IBM shows specific techniques and a best practices approach for developing portlets using WebSphere Portlet Factory. Using a fictitious company scenario, IBM demonstrates how to build a Customer Self Service and Customer Representative application.


Within this context, IBM covers the following topics:

  • Installing and configuring the Portlet Factory development Environment,
  • How to create and consume data services from SQL, Domino and a Web Service,
  • Step by step guidance for creating the portlets and enabling inter-portlet communication,
  • Advanced UI design techniques, including the use of AJAX for type ahead functionality and working with the DoJo Builders,
  • Enabling the use of Profiling
  • Deployment Production Considerations, and
  • Troubleshooting and Debugging techniques

The following is a Table of Contents for this RedBook Draft:

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Scenario Introduction
Chapter 3. Creating Projects
Chapter 4. Data Services: overview and interface definition
Chapter 5. Creating Data Services: access to back-end systems
Chapter 6. Creating Portlets - Making it work
Chapter 7. Creating Portlets - Designing the UI
Chapter 8. Enabling Portlet Communication
Chapter 9. Customizing the application using profiling
Chapter 10. Creating the Go Shopping Portlet
Chapter 11. Production Deployment
Chapter 12. Troubleshooting, Debugging & Error Handling
Appendix A. Setting up the Environment
Appendix B. Creating a web service using WebSphere Portlet Factory
Appendix C. Remote Deployment
Appendix D. Configuring the RAD Unified Test Environment
Appendix E. Considerations for WAS CE
Appendix F. Execution Processing
Appendix G. Source Control and Team Development
Appendix H. Additional material

To view and download the RedBook Draft in PDF, please go to the link below:


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