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advantages and disadvantages of using Portal/Portlet

Daniel Jabonete
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Greetings!

I would like to kind ask what are the advantages and disadvantages of using Portal/Portlet in the development of Web Application.

Thanks in advance for your time, really appreciate it.

Cheers!

Daniel
Nick Potter
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Comparing to what? Is there any other alternative to portlets?
Daniel Jabonete
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Hi Nick,

Most likely to non-portlet ones, like a web application that are not using portlets.

Thanks.
Nick Potter
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First of all, i'm no expert in this. If you need to develop for portal, use portlets. If you don't, then use servlets/jsps. I don't think you can compare them this way since they are, at least in my understanding, two different things.
Marco Ehrentreich
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Hi,

I'm not a portal expert, too. Unfortunately :

But I think using portals or "normal" web application depends a lot on personal taste and the kind of application you want to provide. I'm sure that both, portlets and JSP/servlets, technically have advantages and disadvantages like most technologies, so I'd say you can't simply tell which one is better for general usage.

My personal experience is that it depends on the content of a website which one I personally would prefer. For example in iGoogle it's nice that you can easily combine and move all kinds of gadgets ranching from a weather forecast to a calculator. In contrast on a website with more informative content like a technical article for example I find it more disturbing to have lots of gadgets and windows with bells and whistles all over the page. This is of course only my personal opinion.

Marco
Nick Potter
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It's about the requirements. Portlets and servlets are different technologies for achieveing different things.
Daniel Jabonete
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Hi Guyz,

I understand that it’s a matter of personal taste or requirements, but as I see the web applications nowadays of how you do things or maintain applications, pages, and other cool stuffs, development wise, developers were extending other components beyond the “normal” web applications.

Now, one technology I am sitting is JSR 286, rather than comparing it w/ other technology, maybe we can talk about its advantages, challenges or experiences using it in your development.

Thanks again, and really appreciate your time.

Cheers!

Daniel
Marco Ehrentreich
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Now we have a problem because we would most probably need a portal expert for this discussion

My understanding of the basics of portal technology is that it's easy to combine basic building blocks to more complex web applications. This seams like a very component oriented approach which is usually a good thing to make applications or parts of more reusable and maintainable by focusing on this modular application design.

Unfortunately I don't know very much details what's exactly going on behind the scenes or what advantages it may give you during development, so I guess I can't give you a more reasonable answert. But I'm user others here can...

Marco
 
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