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want basic info and get start?

 
Santana Iyer
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Hi,

I am completely new to portals and portlets.

So please suggest me how to get basic intro, from where???

I want basic information,
features,
prerequisite,
technologies required etc.

I am also looking for information on SAP Netweaver portal.

Please suggest me something at least how to get started.
 
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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You want to get started with Portal?

Well, here's what you need:

Get a used computer, like a Dell GX150 or better. In Canada, I can get one for about $175. But a gig of RAM in it.

Then, install JetSpeed2. It's a free portal server available through Apache.

JetSpeed-2 Portal Server

Then you need a development tool. For a free tool, you can use Lomboz, which has a variety of editors and wizards that will help you get started. I use IBM's Rational Application Developer, but you may not have a lisence for that.

From there, start learning about how to develop portlets, and how to deploy them. I have a number of tutorials on my website that will show you how to develop using the JSR168 standard. I start off installing JetSpeed-2, and using Notepad and the javac compiler to create a war file for deployment, but then move on to a development tool. The tutorials will show you all the ins and outs of JSR168 portlet development:

Free Tutorials on JSR168 Portlet Development

You should probably get a good book on JSR168 portlet development. Here's the one you need:

A Good Book On Learning JSR168 Portlet Development

As far as plugging into SAP and stuff, those vendors usually provide their own portlets that just need to be installed and configured. Otherwise, you often just create a portlet as a presentation tier component, and connect to a web service, or some service oriented component, to access the SAP service.

Good luck, and happy portal!

-Cameron McKenzie
 
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You can always go through Cameron's tutorial. They are very good.

Just to make your life easy in layman's terminology,
Think portlet is a small independent application, which has internally JSF, Spring or hibernate framework.

The integration of those small applications makes a big application, that is what your portal.
 
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Thanks a lot to both of you.

I have to gather information about SAP netweaver portal and give it to my seniors.

I hope you suggestions will help me.
 
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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Yeah, I kinda fluffed over your request for SAP stuff. Sorry.

Saw a book on amazon. That's about as much as I can suggest. Probably have the most luck poking around their website.

All the best,

-Cameron McKenzie
 
Santana Iyer
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Thanks Cameron, Jignesh.
 
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