Are portal architectures still relevant to Enterprise Java, or even more importantly, were they ever that relevant to begin with ? In a post entitled 'JSR-286: The Edge of Irrelevance', Eric Spiegelberg describes the merits both past, present and future of the portal architecture, including its now primary specification JSR-286. Additionally, you can also see a follow up post to this discussion by Andy Pemberton. Read Eric Spiegelberg's post 'JSR-286: The Edge of Irrelevance': http://today.java.net/pub/a/today/2009/01/20/jsr-286-portlet-irrelevance.html Read Andy Pemberton's post 'In response to JSR-286: The Edge of Irrelevance': http://www.andypemberton.com/portal/in-response-to-jsr-286-the-edge-of-irrelevance/