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Related Links: Understanding Portals and Portlets: Part One In the November issue of JDJ (Vol. 9, issue 11) I explained the theory behind the JSR 168 (Portlet Specification) from an academic perspective. The specification provides the infrastructure, classes, interfaces, and JSP tags for building applications that can be pieced together from a handful of off-the-shelf or custom portlets. This time around, I provide you with a real-world implementation that utilizes the knowledge you picked up from Part 1 of this series. Along the way, you'll learn how to properly install Pluto (the Portlet Reference Implementation you can use to test your portlets) and learn about some pretty cool tools as well. A Quick Refresher Last month, we learned that portlets are similar to servlets, except they aren't allowed to use several HTML control tags such as the tag. This is ... (more)

Understanding Portals and Portlets: Part One

Related Links: Understanding Portals and Portlets: Part Two It used to be difficult if you wanted to create a Web-based site that offered users the ability to access various systems from a single page. Systems were too severely disjointed and required a huge investment of time and work in order to bring them together in a single Web page. Although there are many efforts taking place in the Java arena to provide systems integration, none have made the same impact as portals. Understanding the JSR 168 Specification The current breed of portals either already support the JSR 168 speci... (more)