Given their heavy investment in Eclipse-based tools that help accelerate the development of portal- and portlet-based applications, it wasn't surprising to see a strong Liferay presence at EclipseCon 2014. However, given the timing of the event, James Falkner, the Liferay Community Manager, was more anxious to talk about the Liferay Marketplace announcement that just happened to occur at the same time as the conference.
"Marketplace is our enterprise app store, most often compared to the Apple App Store or Google Play," said Falkner. It's a project that Liferay has been working on for a while, although it is by no means a new idea.
The idea of providing a single place for software developers to both share and sell pluggable and modular components has often been talked about, but outside of the mobile space, these types of projects have never really gotten off the ground. Liferay is changing all that. Marketplace has been around for a few years now, but only lately has it become possible for developers to earn revenue. "We just recently announced the availability of paid apps, so you can now make money on your investment in Liferay and on our platform."
One of the interesting challenges Liferay had to deal with was figuring out how to allow server-side applications developed by third parties to be trusted on the production server of the organization that purchased them. Take a listen to the accompanying video to hear Falkner discuss how Liferay successfully dealt with this serious challenge.
What types of portal applications would you like to see available on Liferay's Marketplace? Let us know.