Hi guys I used to work with Oracle tools bc4J as the Business Components Oc4J as the application server Jsp/ servlets Struts as the application framework implementing MVC
Recently due to business changes, we need to build a replacement for the previous application using IBM technologies, and if the pilot will work, we will convert the application. The technologies we are going to use are: WebSphere portal as the web server, Portlets as the web interface.
I�m overwhelmed of the new technologies out there (Hibernate,Spring Ejb3) and I will be glad if you can explain what should we use for framework and Business Components.
First of all, IBM provides a Struts wrapper for the portal, so you can port your existing Struts to have a portlet interface with just a little bit of work.
With IBM, the focus going forward really seems to be JSF in the portal world, so, I always go with JSF for new, complex portlet interfaces.
Remember, not every portlet is a framework portlet. Using the JSR168 API alone to deliver content is just fine. On that topic, here are a few other JSR168 portlet developement best practices for WebSphere, and any other portal server such as liferay or JetSpeed2 for that matter:
The delivery of content to portlets should be services out as much as possible, whether that is leveraging the actual IBM PortletService capabilities, or having the portlets interact with a web service to access data. The web service can then be implemented just about any way you like, as it is hidden from the portlet. Hibernate/Spring/EJB2.x, it doesn't matter if the portlet/client only interacts with an interface.
Those are just some ideas. Let me know what you think.
-Cameron McKenzie [ April 22, 2007: Message edited by: Cameron W. McKenzie ]