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Erwin Bredford
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hi , i am building a small portlet with spring portlet MVC
and i would like to know on which portal i can test it on
and wheather one can plug it into any portal (if cross platform)

and if any one has deployed a portlet on webshpere portal framework.

i heard of exoportal,jetspeed ,gridsphere but can anyone with enough experience please advise me thanks

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Stefan Zoerner
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I don't know Spring Portlet MVC in detail, but the examples provided as download work on Pluto 1.0.1. So you should be able to deploy and test your portlets (if comparable to the examples) on this portlet container. Just use the Pluto Portal Driver, it is sufficient for testing.

I am not sure what "webshpere portal framework" is. If you mean WebSphere Portal Server -- yes I have deployed some portlet applications on this platform. Even JSR 168. Successfully ;-)

Greetings, Stefan
[ January 05, 2006: Message edited by: Stefan Zoerner ]

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Masoud Kalali
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You can deploy your portlet on any jsr-168 compliance portal.
I prefer StringBeans portal , which imho , has a good future
right now it is in version 3.0.1 and soon they will release version 3.1
I tried jsf portlet , Struts portlet on it sofar.
you can find it at
there is also another project named Exo which will reace version 1.1 soon . it looks promissing.


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Kishore Dandu
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I heard Vignette portal is good(as long as you are ok with spending some mulla)

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Reid M. Pinchback
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I second the recommendation of StringBeans. A few months ago I went through a review of every open-source Java portal that I could find. The result was that with the exception of StringBeans the products fell into one or the other of two groups:

- a good portal (emphasis port*AL*) that lacked JSR-168
or its JSR-168 implementation was in rough shape

- a good portlet (emphasis port*LET*) container that
mostly lacked real portal (user management, content
management) features

StringBeans was the only Java portal I found that seemed to be both a really good portlet container and a tolerable portal in its own right. I suspect that by the end of this year the situation will be greatly improved, but at the moment the hype of some products isn't quite in step with what you'll encounter when you download them and attempt portlet development. Many of the options out there are ok if you just want something to learn Portlet development with, but aren't good enough to base a commercial project on. StringBeans was the only open-source solution I found that I thought I could recommend without regretting it.

Something you might find particularly interesting is that they have examples of using MVC frameworks for portlet development.
[ January 11, 2006: Message edited by: Reid M. Pinchback ]

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Erwin Bredford
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men thanks a lot of all ur input
Khopkar Amarish

Joined: Dec 29, 2005
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I would highly recommend Liferay Portal:

It's got the JSR-168 compliance as well as great look and feel, pluggability, customizablity, administration, portal.

In addition the license is extremely business friendly.
Alexey Gor

Joined: Jul 13, 2004
Posts: 27

You list "Content management" as a real portal feature... Can you comment on that?

I have been evaluating different CMS systems for our company (specific project and in the future) separately from Portals. I noticed that some portals had a CMS piece, but figured that CMS functionality would be better addressed by a CMS-specific framework.

There are also different types of CMS:
- CMS to hold web content (such as Wiki)
- CMS to hold documents (workflow, permissions, metadata, etc)

Portals seem to focus on #1... But if #2 is on the horison I suppose whatever CMS a Portal can offer will fall short. Plus having a clean separation between presentation (Portal) and business (CMS) is nice. Your thoughts?
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