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Portal 6.0 test environment

 
Sunil Tandon
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I have successfully installed RAD 7.0 and would like to install the portal 6.0 test environment but there doesn't seem to be a portal 6.0 test environment to install. Even though in the LaunchPad there is a link to intall portal 6.0 test environment however this link does not install the test environment it installs the full Portal 6.0 server along with WAS 6.0.

Running the whole Portal server on my development machine as well as RAD takes up a lot of resource and I would not like to develop like this. Has anyone else found a reasonable working situation around this? I would appreciate your comments.
 
Chirag Rana
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Hi Sunil,
I am also using RAD7.0 on my machine but the test environment I have installed in 5.1 so it works fine and dont slow down my machine. By the way I am using 1GB RAM in machine. What about your machine's configuration?
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Chirag
 
Sunil Tandon
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Hi,

Thanks for the update. But the project that I am working on is already deployed in Portal 6.0 and the compiler compliance level has been set to 1.4 (J2EE 1.4). The 5.1 test Environment only works for J2EE 1.2 and 1.3. So I could not deploy the web app in 5.1 test env.
 
Jimmy Ho
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As a former WebSphere Portal Developer at IBM, who has worked on projects using Rational Application Developer 6.0 with Portal 6.0, I can say with authority that there is no 'embedded' test environment for Portal 6.0 when I was working with RAD 6.0.

The "Portal 6.0" test environment you see in the Launchpad probably only installs a 'stand-alone' installation of Portal 6.0 on your computer, with the usual defaults.

In other words, unlike Portal 5.1, Portal 6.0 does not have test environment, and when I last checked, RAD 7.0 was not planning have an embedded test environment either. You basically have to install a 'stand-alone' Portal 6.0 stack on your laptop (which is pretty easy using all the defaults, installing on Windows), and just run RAD and Portal separately.

People in my group have mentioned the words "Remote Server Attach" when it came to 'hooking up' RAD to Portal 6.0. Maybe better tooling is there in RAD 7.0 to deal with this, I don't know. I do know that there are ways of remote-deploying a portlet from RAD to Portal; I've just never tried them.

Another resource to try is the IBM developerWorks forums for Portal. Sometimes the IBM Portal Software Group will be on there, and certainly, you'll get more WebSphere Portal-specific information. I don't remember the exact URL, but if you Google 'IBM' and 'developerWorks', you should find it. Then do a search in both the Forum and in the Tech Articles.

The other alternative is to use Portal 5.1 as the previous poster suggested. If it's a JSR 168 portlet, and you're not using a lot of the IBM-specific extensions and functionality, a lot of the stuff will be the same.
[ August 01, 2007: Message edited by: Jimmy Ho ]
 
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