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Portlets and GET (URL Bookmarking)

 
Chaitanya Kommidi
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I am not sure if this is a drawback for portlets (and portals) in general , but I am wondering if there is a workaround for this.

In the field of Bioinformatics (where I currently work) there is a heavy use of GET method where ID's are passed around in the URL .Is there a way in Portals where we can mimic this functionality ...so as to jump to a specific
"session" directly bypassing the "usual stuff".

Thanks
Chaitanya
 
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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My answer would be no.

But I think the real question is "what are you doing with this id". Even in normal JSP/Servlet programming, jumping from one users session to the other is a pretty whack idea.

The portal provides an application scope for the PortletSession, which might be of use. There's also the PortletContext where data can be stored and shared amongst all users.

I think you've got a problem that has a solution, but in the portal, addressing that problem will be a little different than in a typical Servlet/JSP application.
 
Chaitanya Kommidi
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Probably "session" was a wrong word to use ..I think I got the discussion off track here ...

Let me try with an Example ...

This web page has a general URL (GET) where the last part of the URL is an everchanging ID
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/viewer.fcgi?db=nucleotide&val=AI847983

For our purposes I am assuming that I would want to make the above web application a portlet

Say a user (external user not from www.ncbi.nih.gov) wants to get the information about a gene(from his web application) he would dynamically change the ID that would lead him to this web site.

If my purpose is to make a portlet out of this(www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) where the external users can link by the changing the ID ..how would I do this ?
 
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