The HAL salesperson has lunch with my boss last week, pushing their Web Sphere portal/portlets product. Of course, it is THE hot new way to define your portal. Anyone know it? Use it? Willing to comment on it?
I'm afraid I can't comment on this product, but I'd be very interested in any discussion that shows how this could be justified.
Looks like yet another buzzword to describe old technology. Web Services? Yea, Microsoft's hot technologies! Except Web Services and Portlets are nothing but Remote Procedure Calls, been around for decades.
Portlet sounds like slang for "portable toilet" to me.
Portlets are the small boxes that make up a portal. At least they are in Oracle Portal (http://www.oracle.com/solutions/enterprise_portals/). Its nothing that simple templates in your favorite web programming language couldn't handle. What they give you is an easy way to create the list of items in there.
I should add, the reason I didn't use the Oracle Portal stuff (part of 9iAS) is because of the HUGE amount of infrastructure required to get it running. For example, for an Oracle Forms Server install: Oracle 9iAS SingleSign-On, Oracle 9iAS Application Server, and the actual Oracle 9i RDBMS to house the data. 3 2BG+ installs? No thanks.
What's a portal, anyways?
Portlets have been around for a while. In WebSphere, they are defined as extensions of servlets. Like a previous poster said, they allow you to put individual "mini-pages" inside a single page. Kind of like having frames except much more powerful.
"Web Services and Portlets are nothing but Remote Procedure Calls"
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Yep, it sounds like a regular old portal with customizable content. If you already have a portal, then I can't see the point of replacing it for that. If you don't have a portal, then you need a business case for setting one up. (i.e. "What problem do we have that this would solve?")
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