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Joe Pluta
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Is anybody working with these today? Is there a place where portlet discussions ought to go? I'm about to embark on a mission of discovery, and I'd love to share my findings.
It's more than a little weird that the proposed name for the reference implementation of the portlet specification is "Pluto".
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I am looking into portlets as well.
Perhaps "other java products"?
 
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What are portlets?
 
Joe Pluta
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The closest I've been able to come up with as a short definition is that portlets are sort of the MDI interface for a web page. Basically, you can define multiple portlets and then "lay them out" on the web page. Each portlet is supposed to have a common "tab", with controls that allow you to minimize, maximize or restore it. Each portlet communicates with a servlet-like class that is able to render itself on request.
The idea is to have independent entities on the page, like those pages where there's a little stock ticker, and you can hit the "update" button on the ticker and it updates itself.
The mechanics are a little hazy to me yet, but I got Tomcat and JetSpeed up and running in about 10 minutes, so I'll know more soon (I hope).
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So are they kind of like UserControls like ASP.NET has? Maybe Tom can better answer that?
 
Thomas Paul
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Take a look at this page:
http://e-docs.bea.com/wlp/docs81/overview/overview_wlp.html#998879
 
Gregg Bolinger
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Now that just looks cool!
 
Frank Carver
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Out of interest, I wrote a "portal" system a year or so ago. It's a little dusty and a bit clumsy to configure, but it works and its available for free over at sourceforge.
 
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Here's a JavaWorld article
on portlets
 
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