Wiki, Blog, and Discussion Sample Portlets for Oracle Portal

We have new sample wiki, blog, and discussion portlets available for download. The samples use the wiki, blog, and discussion server APIs, giving you examples of the types of functionality you can integrate into your environment.

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!


Fusion Middleware Virtualization Platforms

OTN has a nicely compiled list of supported virtualization and partitioning technologies for the Fusion Middleware components.

The bottom of the page contains a link to what most of us are interested in: a Metalink note describing Oracle’s support policy on Oracle products running on VMware: Metalink note number 249212.1.

5 Best Practices for Modernizing your Enterprise Portal

Ann Fellman and Ajay Gandhi from Oracle share tips in this live web cast on how to increase the productivity of your enterprise portal and answer your questions during the live Q&A.

Here is the overview from the session:

Modern enterprise portals offer superior user experience, greater individual and team productivity along with reduced development and support costs. Learn how to get more business value out of your existing enterprise portal using 5 proven best practices. This webcast will show how you can modernize your portal through optimized security & personalization, improved application integration, enterprise content management, Web 2.0 and support of the most important industry standards.

Oracle Portal Product Strategy & Roadmap Web Casts

We have a series of web casts in November discussing our overall portal strategy and roadmap going forward. The webcasts will address feature updates, integrations, and certifications – as well as other news relevant to WebLogic Portal, WebCenter Interaction, and Oracle Portal customers.

Oracle Portal Products Strategy & Roadmap Update: WebLogic Portal
November 13, 2008
10:00 a.m. PT/1:00 p.m. ET

Oracle Portal Products Strategy & Roadmap Update: WebCenter Interaction (formerly AquaLogic User Interaction)
November 19, 2008
10:00 a.m. PT/1:00 p.m. ET

Oracle Portal Products Strategy & Roadmap Update: Oracle Portal
November 20, 2008
10:00 a.m. PT/1:00 p.m. ET

Go to the announcement on to register for these web casts.

Oracle OpenWorld Presentations Available Online

If you missed any of the OpenWorld presentations or simply want to take another look at them, you can do so now: all our presentations are available for download in PDF.


Portal Related Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2008 in San Francisco

I created a simple Google Calendar containing the sessions from this year’s Oracle OpenWorld that are related to the Portal, Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0 technology space. You can use your own RSS reader, iCal, or simply the native HTML calendar of google.

Use the Content Catalog to find other sessions that are of interest to you.

Sunday, September 21
11:45am S299324: Sanjay: Transform Your Siebel Data with Web 2.0: Use Oracle WebCenter to Create a True Next-Generation Interface
11:45am S299504: Jim, Maiko, Brian: Build the Next Generation of Composite Applications with Oracle WebCenter, SOA, and Enterprise 2.0
2:30pm S299712: Hands-on Lab: Oracle WebCenter Suite–Enterprise 2.0 at Your Fingertips
2:30pm S300200: Eric: Oracle Fusion Middleware: A Set of Tools for Your Enterprise
4:00pm S301162: Eric: Building Very Rich Portals with Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g
Monday, September 22
11:30am S299317: Rahul: Oracle WebCenter and Beyond: Oracle’s Vision, Strategy, and Road Map for User Interaction
11:30am S301790: Eric: Oracle Portal Products (Oracle Portal, Oracle WebCenter Suite, and Products from Stellent and BEA): Which One Should You Use?
1:00pm S298738: Lynn, Jennifer: The Oracle Fusion Development Platform
2:30pm S299492: George, Christina: A Web 2.0 Developer’s Dream Realized: Ultimate Component Reusability
4:00pm S298501: Josh: Guide to the Oracle Portal Road Map for Oracle WebLogic Portal Customers
5:30pm S298423: Terry Olkin: Introducing Oracle Beehive
5:30pm S298498: Ajay: Road Map and Future Directions for BEA AquaLogic User Interaction Customers
Tuesday, September 23
9:00am S298499: Skip, Peter Laird: Deploying a Web-Oriented Architecture with Oracle WebCenter, Oracle WebLogic Portal, and Oracle WebCenter Interaction
11:30am S298497: Bob Fraser: No REST for the Weary: REST APIs and the Activity Stream
11:30am S299712: Hands-on Lab: Oracle WebCenter Suite–Enterprise 2.0 at Your Fingertips
1:00pm S298495: The Art of the Mash: Oracle Ensemble and New Integration Patterns
5:30pm S299712: Hands-on Lab: Oracle WebCenter Suite–Enterprise 2.0 at Your Fingertips
Wednesday, September 24
9:00am ADF methodology unconference
9:00am S299480: George, Maiko: Build Composite Applications Your End Users Will Actually Use
11:30am S299325: Manish: Web 2.0 in the Enterprise: Balancing Participation and Security
1:00pm S297844: Vince, Billy Cripe: Reshaping Your Business with Web 2.0
1:00pm S298495: Tom Quigley: The Art of the Mash: Oracle Ensemble and New Integration Patterns
1:00pm S299323: Manish: Oracle Applications Unlimited and Web 2.0: You Can Have It Now
1:00pm S300017: Eric: Building Very Rich Portals with Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g (IOUG)
5:00pm S299506: Revathy, Kundan: Oracle Composer Puts Your Users in the Driver’s Seat with Multilayered Customizations
Thursday, September 25
9:00am S299489: Christian: Build an Enterprise 2.0 Social Network with Oracle WebCenter
9:00am S299563: Rashmi: Integrating Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Plus with Your Applications
9:00am S300478: Duncan, Sten Vesterli: Choose Your Weapon: An Overview of Oracle Development Tools
10:30am S298639: Ann Fellman: Enterprise 2.0: Best Practices for Winning Management Acceptance and Driving User Adoption
12:00pm S299510: Skip: Increase Business Agility: Give Your Users the Web 2.0 Services They Need Now
1:30pm S298403: Padmaprabodh Ambale: Opening Up Oracle Application Framework Applications Through Web Services and Portlets
1:30pm S298496: Steve Hamrick: Do-It-Yourself IT: Oracle WebCenter Powers the User-Driven Workplace
1:30pm S298500: Marcus: Oracle Weblogic Portal: Using the WSRP Standard to Interoperate and Federate Content and User Interfaces
3:00pm S298502: Eddie: Give Users What They Want: Web-Based Data Access and Rich Internet Applications

Oracle Portal 11g New Features

We’re about to post the updated Oracle Portal Statement of Direction on the Oracle Portal page on OTN. Oracle Portal 11g is part of Fusion Middleware 11g, and will be released at the same time, currently scheduled for the first half of calendar year 2009. Here is the summary of the planned new features in the 11g version:

  • Oracle Portal 11g will be integrated with WebLogic Server.
  • Extend support for open industry standards:
    • WSRP 2.0 (Web Services for Remote Portlets)
    • JSR 301 (Portlet Bridge for JavaServer Faces)
      • Build new portlets with JSF
      • Turn JSF pages and oracle ADF task flows into standards-based portlets
      • Bring existing JSF applications into Oracle Portal 11g
      • Available with Oracle WebCenter Suite
  • Oracle Portal will be able to consume the Enterprise 2.0 services offered by Oracle WebCenter. These services include: Discussions, Wikis, Search, Presence, Instant Messaging, Email, and Document Library.
  • Content integration
    • Expose content from 3rd party document management systems in Oracle Portal via portlets (using WSRP 2.0 and JSR 301).
    • Build portlets in JDeveloper that utilize JCR 1.0 (JSR 170) adapters to connect to content management systems.
    • Available adapters (with Oracle WebCenter Suite): Oracle Universal Content Management, Oracle Content DB, Oracle Portal, and file system. Additional adapters (Documentum, SharePoint, Lotus Domino) are available from our partners.
  • Extend Core Portal Functionality
    • Omniportlet enhancements, including enhanced support for complex Web Services.
    • BPEL-based process content routing & approval
    • Support for new Document Type Declarations: HTML 4.01 Strict, XHTML 1.0 Transitional, and XHTML 1.0 Strict
  • Streamline management and administration
    • Performance metrics available in Enterprise Manager interface
    • Improved Lifecycle Support — Export/Import
  • Simplify and extend security
  • Deeper integration with Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g

I Have Oracle Portal – What Can I Do with It?

The simple answer is: enjoy it!

The all new, upcoming release of Oracle Portal will be part of Fusion Middleware 11g. One of our key focus areas in the WebCenter development team is making sure that the investment you made into Oracle Portal (and other portal products in the offering) is safe and can be leveraged by WebCenter, if/when you decide to give WebCenter a try.

So what are the interoperability corner stones:

  • Portlets: WebCenter can consume all your remote portlets deployed to Oracle Portal. This includes standards-based portlets (JSR 168/WSRP), as well as PDK-Java portlets, including OmniPortlet and WebClipping. On top of this, you can also consume local PL/SQL portlets that are remoted through the Federated Portal Adapter (FPA).
  • Content: WebCenter supports a wide variety of back-end content management systems, one of them being Oracle Portal. The WebCenter Developer’s Guide provides detailed information about how you can expose content in your WebCenter applications from Oracle Portal’s lightweight content managemet system.
  • Pages: You can also expose Oracle Portal pages in your WebCenter applications. The key is that you have to turn the pages into portlets (page portlets), and use the aforementioned Federated Portal Adapter (see Portlets).
  • JSF Portlet Bridge: We’ve seen many customers using the above techniques successfully in environments where Oracle Portal and Oracle WebCenter live side-by-side. For those of you interested in enhancing the Oracle Portal environment  and inject some new technology into your pages, you can use the JSF Portlet Bridge to build JSF/ADF portlets or “portletize” JSF/ADF applications. The ultimate promise of the JSF Portlet Bridge is to leverage the WebCenter Enterprise 2.0 services, such as Discussion or Document Library task flows (coming in R11) in Oracle Portal.

Oracle Portal is unique in the market place by giving a lot of power in the hands of techy and not that techy business users. Have fun with it with or without WebCenter!


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