I am absolutely new to portlets. I have a few questions.
1. What is special about a portal server. How is it different from a web-server or app-server. 2. What is needed for a portlet container run. I mean is it required that it run inside some web-server, app-server or portal server. 3. Does Tomcat have a portlet container plugin?
Why do I feel like I'm doing a student's homework?
1. What is special about a portal server. How is it different from a web-server or app-server.
A portal factors out the look and feel into skins and themes, and allows a portlet developer focus on delivering highly targeted content, through a portlet. The portal also provides facilities for personalization and customization beyond what you see in a typical J2EE/web application.
And just to confirm, you didn't do a students homework. Actually, its my first day with portlets. And all the bombardments at java.sun.com really dazed me. So, I decided to come to the experts who realize that the whole world is not equally expert.