I'm looking for real world experience of Oracle Portal, particularly the 9i version. Has anyone developed using it and is it any good?
It's the most cumbersome thing in the world. It's a web based development environment that is supposed to make creating web applications easier but developing in it is so slow it's not worth it. If you are coming from a programming background where you actually write code in an editor then Oracle Portal will be a nightmare. HTML is streaming from PLSQL that you create in the web development environment. You never really see the big picture or the code, just pieces of sh*t. There is a developer kit available where you can write the portlets in java, perl, etc but if you are going to do that then why use Oracle Portal in the first place.
I have to second that Portal has a rather high suckage factor. It is designed around portlets which is reusable. Thing is that you have to write your portlets against the portal engine APIs, which gives you limited control over what can be done.
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