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AJAX and Portals

 
Geoff Ruscoe
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After using several different Java Portal platforms, I learned about AJAX at the NFJS conference (2005, Cin. OH). I immediately realized that AJAX is a much better way to do Portals than any of the traditional "reload the page" methodologies. So I replaced several JSR 168 portlets with simple pages and custom javascript. This seemed to be the best decision for the Portlets.

My questions are:

1) Has anyone else had the same experience and what did you implement to do the AJAX.

2) Doesn't AJAX make JSR 168 actually a detriment to a Portal, and shouldn't all portlets be built using AJAX and not some Standard Portlet specification.
 
ankur rathi
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I think, it's a very good question.

The main benefit of portlet is, it fragment the page into different-different parts and gives us flexibility to update one part without refreshing or updating other...

But now Ajax can do the same things faster and easier way...

Is there any chance to replace portlet by Ajax or there have no relation at all???

Thanks.
 
Eric Pascarello
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Have you not seen live.com and all of the 100's of other portal sites that have hit the market in the past year? Using Ajax to add new content is great, you just have to keep the development easy and make the user interface easy for the user's to understand.

Eric
 
Geoff Ruscoe
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I think my concern is actually more along the lines of when, due to employment restrictions, you have to use a particular Portal Server. Say for instance you are using Sun's Portal Server or whatever. In that case what is the best way to integrate AJAX portlets? For instance I created some Javascript objects to handle the integration between the DIV for the Portlet and the AJAX calls they needed to make. It worked well, but I can't help but think some of the tool kits can be easily applied to an already built Portal on top of any Portal container -- although I haven't read this exactly.

Thanks again,
Geoff
 
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