This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
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". Joe
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). Joe