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Programming Portlets

Ron Lynn, Joey Bernal, Peter Blinstrubas, Usman Memon, Cayce Marston, Tim Hanis, Varadarajan (Varad) Ramamoorthy, and Stefan Hepper


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  • Portals have evolved from simple Web applications with multiple links to an enterprise application delivery platform that serves composite applications. In a world where organizations are gearing up with service-oriented architecture (SOA) strategies and reworking existing apps to fit the Web 2.0 programming model, portals are strategic infrastructure components on every CIO's radar. As companies move toward SOA, portlets become an even hotter topic. Portlets provide the user interface for these services. IBM's unwavering commitment to open standards such as Java Specification Request (JSR 168) and strong presence in the application server market (IBM WebSphere Application Server) have helped establish WebSphere Portal as a leader among available portal solutions in the market.

    Programming Portlets, Second Edition takes developers down a path of understanding all the latest concepts, including SOA, AJAX, and best practices to consider when building a J2EE-based portal. The book offers the reader the tools and information necessary to develop portlets and portal applications in two ways. Part 1 focuses on building portlets that will adhere to the JSR 168 API standard. This allows developers who want to use any JSR 168-compliant portlet container to quickly build quality portlets. Part 2 extends the focus to building JSR 168-compliant portlets for the IBM WebSphere Portal Server and includes information on portlet extensions and WebSphere Portal capabilities that can be leveraged in a portal development effort.

    Among the many things you will find inside Programming Portlets, Second Edition:

    • Addition of extensive JSR 168 material
    • Updates for WebSphere Portal (V6)
    • Coverage of new technologies such as IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory and Lotus Workplace Forms
    • Ways to use AJAX in portlets
    • Explanation of how portals and portlets fit into SOA
    • Method for creating JSR 168-compliant portlets using IBM WebSphere
    • IBM WebSphere Portlet Factory
    • Workplace Forms
    • and creation of portal services
    • Instructions for building complex portlets quickly using Rational Application Developer or WebSphere Portlet Factory
    • Use of JavaServer Faces in portlets
    • Proper use of JSTL with regard to portlets
    • Effective integration of Struts in the portal framework
    • Ways of inter-portlet communication
    • Method to build a portlet from the ground up quickly and effectively
    • Best practices of portlet development
    • Valuable information resources including examples of various types of portlets
  • Ron Lynn is a software engineer for IBM. He has worked with WebSphere Portal in various capacities, from evangelist to portal developer, ever since Portal became generally available. He has led the design and development of Portal applications for IBM and is a frequent lecturer and writer on portal and portlet development topics.

    Joey Bernal is a portal architect/specialist with IBM Software Services for WebSphere Portal. He has an extensive background in the design and development of portal and Web applications and has led the design and development of Web and client/server applications for some of the largest corporations in the world.

    Peter Blinstrubas is a Portal Consultant on the World Wide Technical Sales Team of IBM. He has worked with WebSphere Portal Server since the initial 1.1 release and has a rich background in application development for systems based on CORBA and J2EE technologies.

    Usman Memon is an IT Architect and Services Lead with IBM's Software Services for Lotus WebSphere Portal Technology Group. He has led the architecture and design of several enterprise-level portal engagements.

    Cayce Marston is a Senior I/T Specialist within the IBM Worldwide Technical Sales team. He has worked as a consultant and software architect in the telecom and financial services industries, with expertise in Workplace Forms, XForms, systems integration and SOA.

    Tim Hanis has extensive experience in development and consulting services using WebSphere Portal. He is a senior software engineer at the IBM Research Triangle Park lab in North Carolina.

    Varadarajan (Varad) Ramamoorthy is a portal consultant with IBM Software Services for Lotus as part of the Portal Technology Team. He has worked with Portal since the initial release and has led several successful portal projects by helping clients with architecture, design, development and deployment.

    Stefan Hepper is the responsible architect for the WebSphere Portal, Workplace Client and Server programming model and public APIs. He co-led the Java Portlet Specification V 1.0 (JSR 168) and is now leading the V 2.0 (JSR 286). He is co-author of the book Pervasive Computing (Addison-Wesley 2001).
  • Item Number: 5232
    Author Name: Ron Lynn, Joey Bernal, Peter Blinstrubas, Usman Memon, Cayce Marston, Tim Hanis, Varadarajan (Varad) Ramamoorthy and Stefan Hepper
    Publication Date: May 1, 2007
    Edition: Second
    Pages: 524
    ISBN-10: 1931182280
    ISBN-13: 9781931182287
    Format: Paperback
    Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 9 inches
    Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
    Language: English

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