When looking for portlets, the platform they run on is important. For instance, JSR-168 portlets work on all portlet platforms, but there are proprietary hooks which are created because the spec does not yet have certain features. An important one is inter-portlet communication, which allows portlets to talk to each other and exchange data. Vendors like IBM and BEA have solutions for that built in their platform and the new portlet spec (which is not finished yet [...]) has a standard solution for it. As I previously noted, there are not that many portlet vendors selling portlets that are actually worth using. There are a few that do though and they actually sell tools and portlets that can cut your development time and time to market big-time. Before diving into the portlets on the market, I want to comment on the most difficult part of modern portal development: changing the layout to the wishes of the client. None of the portal platforms I used make it particularly easy to do something like that. And when working on projects with the big integrators of this world, this is actually an acute problem.The overview is missing some key players, though: perhaps they'd like to step up and make themselves known?
Cimples.com has posted "An overview of the enterprise portlet market," an article presenting an overview of the current portlet niche market and the players. It's an interesting view of the portal landscape: one interesting quote is "there are not that many portlet vendors selling portlets that are actually worth using."
- Posted by: Joseph Ottinger
- Posted on: July 11 2007 09:16 EDT
- Re: An overview of the enterprise portlet market by Diego Visentin on July 11 2007 16:19 EDT
- Re: An overview of the enterprise portlet market by Ian Hlavats on July 12 2007 16:55 EDT
- Virgil = Standard portlets + Ajax + Comet by Floris van Tol on July 16 2007 08:06 EDT
- calendar portlet by Peter Michaels on July 17 2007 00:14 EDT
there are not that many portlet vendors selling portlets that are actually worth using. There are a few that do though and they actually sell tools and portlets that can cut your development time and time to market big-time.Something like IBM Portlet catalog?
The commercial vendors do not have any demos onlineIt's not last version based but you can try this: http://docs.dfw.ibm.com/wps51/?DDSPageRequest=/
None of the portal platforms I used make it particularly easy to do something like that.A possibile approach is a theme builder portlet.
the client wants, usually, something like this. The mismatch is obvious and this is not because it is a demo only: it is a lot of work to create portals like this, allowing to drag & drop portlets, still creating a very solid corporate imageIBM gives "jump-start" sites: http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=1041&uid=swg21257978&S_TACT=105AGX10&S_CMP=LP PS: I'm not an IBM employee but only a portlet addicted guy :-)
I'm not an IBM employee but only a portlet addicted guy :-)How could that happen?
Cimples.com has postedUI design flexibility, i.e. look and feel customization, is one of the key features missing from Java portal (JSR-168) implementations today. I ran into the same issue with many Java CMS (JSR-170) products and basically gave up on the idea of a portal/CMS as an enterprise development platform. The solution came to me, finally, when I discovered JavaServer Faces. The JSF framework gives UI designers all the control they need, and makes developers' jobs easier by handling much of the heavy lifting. I wrote about my experience evaluating portal and CMS systems over at JSFCentral.com. Ian Hlavats JavaServer Faces for Dreamweaver
I want to comment on the most difficult part of modern portal development: changing the layout to the wishes of the client. None of the portal platforms I used make it particularly easy to do something like that. And when working on projects with the big integrators of this world, this is actually an acute problem.
I wrote about my experience evaluating portal and CMS systems over at JSFCentral.com.Only found there an article about JSFToolbox!?
Here is a key player software vendor that that delivers out-of-the-box portlets and does have a demo portal. Virgil (http://www.virgil.nl) believes in Component Based Modeling and SOA. We therefor developed a productline for the financial services industry that consists of a full range of standard portlets and a connectors to datavendors. The portlets are based on IBM Websphere Portal as this is the leading portal application in this industry. Take a look at our demo portal http://one.virgil.nl. We have technology available to push streaming data into portal or any other web environment without any installation of software on the client, including Java Applets / Plug Ins.
For some time I have been working on a calendar portlet that makes extensive use of AJAX. It builds on top of the Liferay calendar portlet, but features a drag-and-drop interface, import/export of iCalendar, event privacy, public view, task list, printing to PDF + more. In the past little while I haven't had any time to work on it and I don't foresee being able to in the near future. If any individual or company is interested in taking over then please contact me. A few screen shots, plus more information can be seen at datnik.com, (a fledgling business site based around the portlet). Contact me for more details at peter[dot]michaels[at]gmail[dot]com.
Simply google for Portlet Marketplace, plenty of those available for Lifery portal. You can also check probably one of the world's largest eForms configured using open-source Liferay's SmartForm portlet at http://www.myoffice24x7.com.au/web/guest/products/smartforms/demo/sole-trader . It has 51 pages and 1049 input fields.
SmartForms portlet that works off cloud utilising Pay-Per-Use model has been released in July 2012, http://www.myoffice24x7.com/web/smartforms . Initial target platform is Liferay.