WebLogic Portal: WSRP Interoperability with the WebCenter Framework Using the JSF Portlet Bridge

Federated Portals Guide – WSRP Interoperability with the WebCenter Framework: This is a very useful part of the WLP documentation discussing the steps you need to take to consume WSRP 2.0 portlets, including the WebCenter Social Computing Services exposed as portlets.

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New White Paper: Exposing WebCenter Services Task Flows as WSRP Portlets and Ensemble Pagelets

We have a new technical white paper published on OTN, written by one of our senior developers, Ken Young, that covers what it takes to expose the WebCenter Social Computing Services (discussions, email documents, etc.) through WSRP 2.0 for consumption in third party portal products. The white paper, titled Exposing WebCenter Services Task Flows as WSRP Portlets and Ensemble Pagelets comes with a sample project that makes it easy for you to follow the steps.

The screenshot below shows consuming the mail and document library task flows in Oracle Portal.

Oracle Portal, WebLogic Portal, WebCenter Interaction (ALUI) customers – this white paper is for you all!

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WebLogic Portal 10.3 Available for Download

The first version of WebLogic Portal since the Oracle-BEA merger has been released. WLP 10.3 is basically a re-branded version of WebLogic Portal 10.2.

For more information visit the WebLogic Portal page on OTN.

Product Roadmap For Enterprise 2.0 After BEA Acquisition

On July 1, 2008 Charles Phillips, President, and Thomas Kurian, SVP for Fusion Middleware, gave an online briefing about Oracle’s Middleware Strategy. Here are some highlights relevant to the Enterprise 2.0 and Portal space.

The level of future support is divided into three categories:

  • Strategic Products: Oracle Universal Content Management, Oracle WebCenter Framework, Oracle WebCenter Spaces, BEA Ensemble and Pathways
    • BEA Products being adopted immediately with limited re-design into Oracle Fusion Middleware
    • No corresponding Oracle Products exist in majority of cases
    • Corresponding Oracle Products converge with BEA Products with rapid integration over 12-18 months
  • Continue & Converge Products: Oracle Portal, BEA WebLogic Portal (aka: Oracle WebLogic Portal), BEA AquaLogic User Interaction (aka: Oracle WebCenter Interaction)
    • BEA Products being incrementally re-designed to integrate with Oracle Fusion Middleware
    • Gradual integration with existing Oracle Fusion Middleware Technology to broaden features with automated upgrades
    • Continued development & maintenance for at least 9 years
  • Maintenance Products: Commerce Services and Collabra
    • BEA had EOL’d due to limited adoption prior to Oracle M&A
    • Continued Maintenance with appropriate fixes for 5 years

One of the key areas our product teams are working on is to ensure the interoperability across these products. The key interoperability vehicle being WSRP 1.0 and 2.0, thus enabling WLP and Interaction to consume WebCenter services, such as the Document Library, Discussions, and Email task flows. On the flip side, it will allow WebCenter applications to consume portlets from WLP and Interaction as well.

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