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prerequisite for weblogic portal development

rajat mani

Joined: Jul 09, 2006
Posts: 21
what is the prerequisite for weblogic portal development jobs?
I mean i dont know anything and i want to start and take project!!
How much time do i need for it?
can i do it in 1 month?

I have 4 years of experience and i am scjp,scwcd and i know java,jsp,servlets,ejb and struts.

I saw some help on the forum main page but they are all tutorials i want to know what tools do i need to know in hand like servers or other things to start with it.
Please help me regarding this as i have very much short time to master it as i have to start a project in it as soon as possible.
any tutorial that guides with step by step information and a demo application will help a lot.
[ November 11, 2006: Message edited by: rajat mani ]
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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So, you want to know portal, and you want to work with WebLogic.

As far as development goes, there are 27 classes and interfaces in the Portlet API, including objects such as PortletRequest, PortletResponse, Portlet, PortletExcetpion, PortletConfig, PortletContext, PortletSession, etc. You say you know servlets? If you know Servlet and JSP development, learning these classes is about as hard as learning to how to spell the world Portlet.

There is a bit of a mindshift moving to portal. You have to think about your apps in a slightly different way, but it is a more service oriented way, and that's been a trend for years, so it's a good thing, not a bad thing.

As far as administration goes, that ususally takes a bit of time. I come from a WebSphere background, and WebSphere Portal Administration is fairly complicated, if only because you have so many extra features, like document managers, web clipping, search, and other such things. You'd probably need a bit of time with weblogic to master their portal. But as you know, there's a huge difference between being a J2EE developer, and administering a J2EE application server.

I have a bunch of tutorials on my website that demonstrate how to develop a HelloWorld portlet using WSAD, and how to do some basic portal administration tasks. They're multimedia, so you can just sit back and watch:

Portal Development and Administration Tutorials

There aren't alot of great books on Portal. This is one of the latest, and deals with JSR-168. JSR-168 is the standard spec:

Building Portals with the Java Portlet API

Happy Portal!

-Cameron McKenzie
rajat mani

Joined: Jul 09, 2006
Posts: 21
Thanks Cameron McKenzie they are pretty useful and have an innovated approach.
I saw your links but they are related to websphere

What software do i need to download to start working with portal development? and where can i find them?
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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I'm actually putting a book together on JSR-168 development with open source tools. Right now, I'm coding with the JDK and notepad, and deploying to jetspeed.

Jetspeed is the open source portal. It's easy to install and use, and very easy to deploy apps to.

Give it a try. I'm sure you can find a better portlet development tool than notepad, though.

-Cameron McKenzie
rajat mani

Joined: Jul 09, 2006
Posts: 21
notepad as a development tool thats great

can anybody tell me which one is better if allowed to decide first out of weblogic portal development and websphere portal development.

I want to install both of them and getting confused as from where should i download or which version to start with
i saw some latest versoins the recommended memory requirement is 2GB for weblogic portal development.

Also one query if i download weblogic portal do i need to install anything else??
can anybody tell me that also..
andy tech

Joined: Nov 16, 2006
Posts: 1
HI Rajat,

I was going through your post and replies.
I have a situation which is similar to your's.

I have exp in core java, j2ee and now from monday Dec 18th i will be moving on to an application which is on Portlets. ( On Websphere )

Can you suggest me based on your learning exp with Portal/Portlets, book(s) best for learning Portal/Portlets ( On Websphere )

Thanks for your time,
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rajat mani

Joined: Jul 09, 2006
Posts: 21

Cameron W. McKenzie the post above my post has some good links tutorial and help on websphere thing.
i downloaded apache pluto and started working with it.

There are two things to do,
learn the API from portlet specification and second thing download the websphere software and experience the look and feel and the drag and drop things provided in it..

also download some old version free versoin ebook.
although id ont have any regarding websphere
Have you checked out Aspose?
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