WebCenter PS3 Launch Demo Preview

If you have visited oracle.com lately, you may have noticed the banner ad about our web cast, officially launching WebCenter 11g Patch Set 3. To whet your appetite, here is a screen shot of the portal we built for the launch. The demo walks you through some of the key aspects of this portal, including personalization, analytics, social services, content integration, business user editing experience, as well as the developer’s view.

If you want to find out how you can get a hold of this sample, tune in on Wednesday, February 2nd, at 10:00am pst.

WebCenter Avitek Sample Portal

The Avitek Sample Portal is a custom portal built using Oracle WebCenter 11g Release 1 and WebCenter Web 2.0 Services. In addition to the source of the sample, it also comes with a Developer’s Guide.
Avitek is intended for customers and partners who want to start building custom WebCenter portals quickly. If you have JDeveloper and the WebCenter 11g extension, you’ll have Avitek running in less than 10 minutes. If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll have it running in less than an hour.
Avitek focuses primarily on site management, content driven templates, and customizable pages. It leverages WebCenter Services for page creation, page customization, and content integration. It showcases different approaches to building site navigation and publishing content.

Important Note: If you are using WebCenter 11gR1 Patch Set 1, due to a bug (to be fixed in the next release) you have to do the following work-around:

1. Shutdown JDeveloper
2. Copy Avitek/SiteModel/deploy/avitek-site-model.jar to
$ORACLE_HOME/jdeveloper/jdev/lib/patches directory
3. Restart JDeveloper

WebCenter Demo Pod – Rock OnLine

One of the demo applications we show at the WebCenter demo pod at this year’s OpenWorld is a Web 2.0 rock band site. It features reviews, album information, tagging, search, runtime editing of pages, etc.

Come to demo pod A15 and see how it was built.

Packed WebCenter Hands-On Session

Quick update: the first WebCenter Hands-On session that I mentioned earlier this week was full today. We have 2 more sessions on Tuesday, if you missed it on Sunday.

Tuesday, September 23, 11:30am-12:30pm, Marriott, Golden Gate C1
Tuesday, September 23, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Marriott, Golden Gate C1

Hope to see you there!

Portal Demo Pods at Oracle OpenWorld

Another unique opportunity at OOW is visiting the demo pods and talking directly to Oracle product managers and developers. This year we have 300(!) demo pods: if you spend 1 minute reading just the demo pod signs, it would take almost a day to visit each of them.

2% of the 300 stations cover portal products:

  • A12 – Sharepoint and .NET integration
  • A15 – WebCenter custom application development (this is where I’ll spend most of my time)
  • A17 – WebLogic Portal
  • A18 – Enterprise 2.0; WebCenter Spaces
  • A19 – Oracle Portal
  • A20 – WebCenter Interaction (fka: Aqualogic User Interaction)

And a “bonus” pod that our development team owns as well:

  • A51 – Oracle Reports

Come and find us…

JSR 301: The JSF Portlet Bridge

When we decided that JSF is going to be the development platform at Oracle going forward, it became clear that we need a way to expose JSF applications as portlets. We looked at the open and not that open source JSF portlet bridges out there. While many of them looked promising, all of them failed when WSRP came into the picture; and we definitely needed one that can be deployed and consumed through WSRP.

To address this issue, Oracle initiated a new expert group: JSR 301, the Portlet Bridge Specification for JavaServer Faces.

I put together a screen cast to demonstrate where we are with the implementation. For this demonstration I used the Technology Preview version of JDeveloper/WebCenter 11g.

The demo walks you through the following steps:

  • 0:00-11:45 Creating an ADF task flow, a reusable ADF component (very much like a local portlet). Everything shown in this section is core ADF functionality, you don’t need WebCenter to do this.
  • 11:45-15:00 Turning the application into a portlet (sometimes referred to as: “portletize” or “portletizing”), and deploying the application.
  • 15:00-18:00 Consuming the portlet in a WebCenter application through WSRP 2.0.

While the actual steps show how to expose an ADF task flow as a portlet, it works very similarly for plain JSF and ADF pages as well.

Lean back, and watch…

Recent Oracle Executive Demos of WebCenter

Oracle executives have been demonstrating WebCenter very actively in the last couple of weeks and months. Here are a few of those demonstrations you may want to check out.

Collaborate 08

Hear Oracle President Charles Phillips’ April 14 keynote from COLLABORATE08 as he reviews the path Oracle has taken and previews the road to come in the Applications Unlimited journey, with an update on Oracle’s strategy to enable business transformation with complete, open, and integrated enterprise software. Hear details on today’s available integrations, SOA integration, advances in Enteprise Performance Management, what’s new in Business Intelligence, Enterprise 2.0, and Oracle WebCenter.

You’ll also hear Phillips announce that Oracle is extending Premier Support for Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10 until November 2010. And you’ll see demos on integrating applications and data, business intelligence, and the user interface.

The demo lasts 52 min and the WebCenter demo starts at 42 min.

JavaOne 08

Emerging trends for Rich Internet Applications (RIA), Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), Complex Event Processing (CEP), and Grid Computing are redefining how Java applications are developed and deployed for the enterprise. Today’s business conditions demand applications to be light weight, flexible, and scalable. In addition, users are demanding faster access to relevant information across the enterprise. This session presents Oracle’s vision of an enterprise application platform that enables developers to build user friendly, agile, and scalable business applications to support extreme transaction volumes and real-time information access.

video 1 (Enterprise 2.0/WebCenter Demo starts at 16 min) | video 2