Portlets being one if not the most important reusable web components in the enterprise portal world, gadgets, widgets, mashlets, and alike rule the consumer web. In this screen cast I give a quick demonstration how you can integrate the two worlds.
The example takes a classic example, a google map gadget, shows how to add it to your page with the help of OmniPortlet. More importantly, it demonstrates how to parameterize the gadget, that is how to make the gadget display a map, defined by the parameter (zip code, city name, etc.) that is passed to it.
Combining this capability with inter-component communication techniques, you can build very powerful, compelling mash-ups.