WebSphere Portal v6.x Programming

Course:  WSPP
Duration:  4 Days
Level:  II
Course Summary

WebSphere Portal server is a way to host many web based applications in a central location. Users need to login only once and use all applications in a consistent manner. Customers and business partners can access the portal site and make use of all applications running in the portal. This courses teaches students WebSphere Portal development based on the JSR 168 API. It also covers Struts and JavaServer Faces based portal site development. All labs are done using Rational Application Developer (RAD) v7.

Using AJAX technology with a portal site is increasingly becoming an option for developers. This class provides an overview of AJAX and how it may be used in a WebSphere Portal web site.

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Topics Covered In This Course

Introduction to the WebSphere Portal Server

  • What is a Portal
  • An Example of A WebSphere Portal Site
  • Benefits of Portal Sites
  • General Portal Architecture
  • The Major Components of Horizontal Portals
  • WebSphere Portal Goals
  • WebSphere Portal Components
  • WebSphere Portal Accessibility
  • WebSphere Portal Packaging
  • WebSphere Portal Requirements
  • A Typical Network Architecture for WebSphere Portal
  • WebSphere Portal Server
  • WebSphere Portal Server Architecture
  • Portal Container
  • Portal Engine Architecture
  • Page Aggregation Modules
  • Portlet
  • WebSphere Portal Built-in Portlets
  • Portlet Application
  • Portlet Mode and State
  • WebSphere Portlet Content Publishing (WPCP)
  • Portal Document Manager (PDM)
  • Search Engine
  • WebSphere Portal Information
  • Summary

Introduction to JSR 168 Based Portal Programming

  • What is JSR 168
  • Other API Alternatives
  • Relationship With J2EE
  • Relationship With Servlets
  • A Portal Site
  • The Portlet
  • Portlet Application
  • The portlet.xml File
  • Portlet Container
  • Summary

Portlet Development Using RAD v7

  • The WebSphere Family
  • Eclipse Platform
  • The WebSphere Studio Product Family
  • Rational Web Developer
  • Rational Application Developer
  • Key Features in RAD v7.0
  • Views, Perspective and Editor Areas
  • Basic Operations with RAD Views and Perspectives
  • The Java Perspective
  • The Debug Perspective
  • Navigator View
  • Package Explorer
  • Outline View
  • Task View
  • Build and Validation
  • Import and Export Project
  • Templates and Code Completion
  • Searching
  • Setup Compiler Class Path
  • JRE Switching
  • Portal Development Support
  • RAD 7 Installation
  • Portal Server v6 Installation
  • Configure Portal Server Runtime
  • Basic Steps in Development
  • Project Structure
  • Portlet Project
  • Create a Project Structure
  • Working With the Project portlet.xml Editor
  • Creating a Test Server
  • Managing the Server
  • Unit Testing
  • Export Portlet Application

Basic Portal Programming

  • Design Pattern of Portlet Applications Model-View-Controller
  • More on MVC
  • The Portlet Interface
  • The Hello World Portlet
  • Portlet Lifecycle - Initialization
  • Portlet Lifecycle Request Handling
  • Two Phase Request Processing
  • The render Method
  • The PortletRequest Interface
  • The PortletResponse Interface
  • The RenderResponse Interface
  • PortletURL
  • Example
  • The processAction Method
  • The ActionRequest Interface
  • The ActionResponse Interface
  • Example
  • More on Render Parameter
  • The GenericPortlet Class
  • User Session Management
  • Example
  • End of Portlet Life
  • Portlet Configuration
  • Portlet Initialization Parameter
  • Portlet Context
  • Interacting With JSP
  • State Management
  • Better View State Management
  • Portlet Preferences
  • Example: Reading Preferences
  • Updating Portlet Preferences
  • Example: Updating Preference
  • Validating Preference Update
  • Example Validation

Display Generation

  • Techniques in View Development
  • JSP Custom Tags
  • Available Portal Custom Tags
  • JSR 168 Tags
  • The defineObjects Tag
  • More on defineObjects
  • The actionURL Tag
  • The param Tag
  • The namespace Tag
  • National Language Support
  • Dynamic Translation
  • Resource Bundle File
  • Displaying Translated Text
  • More on JSTL Internationalization Tags
  • Example of Using Resource Bundles
  • Static Translation
  • Portlet Resource Bundle
  • Providing Locale Specific Preference Defaults

Advanced Programming

  • Portlet Caching
  • Programmatically Control Cache
  • Accessing User Information
  • Steps to Access User Information
  • Access User Information From Portlet
  • Portlet Services
  • Writing a Portlet Service
  • Defining the Portlet Service Interface
  • Example - AccountService
  • Writing the Portlet Service Implementation java.util.prefs.Preferences
  • Example - AccountServiceImpl
  • Registering Portlet Services
  • WAS Admin Console PortletServiceRegistryService
  • Using a Service from a Portlet
  • Example
  • Content Access Service

Credential Vault

  • Credential
  • Components of Credential Vault
  • Structure of the Credential Vault
  • Slot
  • Slot Scope
  • Credential Access Level
  • Single Sign-on Scenario
  • CredentialSlotConfig
  • Methods of CredentialSlotConfig
  • CredentialVaultService
  • CredentialVaultService Interface Methods
  • Example - Looking Up CredentialVaultService
  • Example Create a Slot
  • Saving Credential in a Slot
  • Credential Class
  • Classes that Implement the Credential Interface
  • Example Retrieve the Credential
  • PassiveCredential
  • UserPasswordPassiveCredential
  • ActiveCredential
  • HttpFormBasedAuthCredential
  • Example - Using HttpFormBasedAuthCredential

Themes and Skins

  • Elements of a Portal Site
  • Page and Label
  • Page/Label Hierarchy
  • Portal Site Navigation
  • URL
  • Theme
  • Screen
  • The Home Screen
  • Skin
  • Container
  • How is a Page Rendered?
  • Directory Structure of Themes & Skins
  • Creating a New Theme
  • Creating a New Skin
  • Custom JSP Tags portal-core Tags for Rendering Portal Page Components portal-logic:if tag for Checking Conditions if tag for Checking Conditions
  • Navigating Page Hierarchy
  • Tags for Locating Portal Resources
  • Tags for Generating a Portal URL wps Tags for Rendering portlet control icons
  • The Default.jsp
  • The Control.jsp
  • A Typical Layout of HTML Skins
  • Summary

Cooperative Portlets

  • Example Use Case
  • Distinguishing an Action
  • Data Source and Destination Location
  • Steps to Setup Cooperation
  • Understanding the WSDL
  • A Simple Source WSDL
  • A Simple Source JSP
  • A Simple Target WSDL
  • Processing the Message in the Target
  • Wiring the Source and Target
  • Publishing Data from a Target
  • Creating Cooperative Portlets in RAD

Struts and JSF Portlet Development

  • Introduction to Struts
  • Why Use Struts to Write Portlets
  • Struts and Portlet API Mismatch
  • Customizing Struts
  • Portal Struts Processor Class
  • The Struts Portlet
  • Struts Portlet Framework
  • Struts Portlet Framework Details
  • Generating Portlet URL
  • The Response Object
  • Action Processing
  • Display Rendering
  • Getting the Portlet Objects
  • Struts Logging
  • Creating a Struts Portlet Project
  • JavaServer Faces (JSF) Basics
  • Defining the Screen Layout
  • Managed Bean
  • Assigning the Model
  • HTTP Request Handling
  • Navigation
  • Advantage of JSF
  • Creating a JSF Portlet
  • Creating a JSF Portlet
  • Navigation State Management
  • Advanced: Obtaining Core Objects


  • What is Personalization
  • Personalization
  • Recommendation Engine
  • LikeMinds Recommendation Engine
  • Rules Engine
  • Personalization Interface in Portal Server

Composite Applications

  • What Is A Composite Application?
  • What Is A Component?
  • Components and Applications
  • Benefits Of Composite Applications
  • Template
  • Composite Application Design and Use
  • Creating A Template
  • Configuring A Template
  • Edit The Template Layout
  • Creating The Application
  • Configuring The Application
  • Using The Application
  • Protecting Applications and Templates
  • Defining Roles
  • Roles Portlet
  • Assign Application Members

Using AJAX in a Portlet

  • What is AJAX?
  • A Simple Example
  • The Old Way
  • The AJAX Way
  • Two Key Aspects of AJAX
  • What are the Advantages of the AJAX Approach?
  • AJAX Technologies
  • The Basic AJAX API
  • Creating the XMLHttpRequest Object
  • The XMLHttpRequest Object Basics
  • Complete Example
  • The Timeline
  • Using AJAX from a Portlet
  • Handling AJAX Requests
  • Making an AJAX Request
  • Where to Go From Here?

Portlet Build and Deployment Process

  • Introduction
  • Overview of The Build Process
  • The Build Process
  • Installing a Portlet Web Module
  • How is a Portlet Web Module Installed?
  • Managing Applications
  • Managing Portlets
  • Adding A Portlet To A Page
  • Configuring A Portlet
  • Copying A Portlet Application
  • Copy A Portlet
  • Removing A Portlet From A Page
  • Uninstalling A Portlet Application

Portal Development Best Practices

  • Architecture Best Practices
  • Controller (Portlet) Guidelines
  • View (JSP) Guidelines
  • Configuration Management
  • Session Management
  • Inter Portlet Communication
  • Security Guidelines
  • Performance Tips
  • Performance Testing Guidelines
  • Summary

Web Services for Remote Portlets

  • Remote Portlets
  • WSRP
  • WSRP Benefits
  • Information Artifacts
  • Security Issues
  • WSRP Producer: Steps
  • WSRP Consumer: Steps
What You Can Expect

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Install and use the latest Portal Toolkit
  • Understand the motivation behind portals.
  • Understand the JSR 168 programming model.
  • Use the Rational Application Developer (RAD) v7 based Portal ToolKit to build portal applications.
  • Develop portlets using Struts and JavaServer Faces (JSF).
  • Use AJAX in a portlet.
Who Should Take This Course

This course is for programmers who will be developing applications for WebSphere Portal Server.

Recommended Prerequisites

Students should have intermediate knowledge of Java development using WebSphere Studio Application Developer. Knowledge of Servlet and JSP is strongly recommended.

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