Working with portlet technology is often discredited for it’s seemingly complex API and development hoops one must jump through. But if you have worked on a portlet project for a considerable amount of time, and then jump back to a servlet based project, you have a feeling that life just got easier.
This is all within the context of which servlet-based framework you might be working with, but overall things are a bit easier when dealing with one request and response.
What if you didn’t have to worry about portlet development gotchas anymore? What if you could develop portlets with the ease and hassle free life that you have with good ol’ servlets? Well, I’m here to tell you that this can be partly achieved with JSR-301 portlet bridge technology.
I encourage (actually I dare you) to those who have never even touched a portal to take the JBoss Portlet Bridge for a test drive. It takes 1 download (GateIn bundled with JBoss) and one maven archetype to get started. You can choose from any combination of plain JSF, Richfaces, and Seam with
mvn archetype:generate -DarchetypeCatalog=http://bit.ly/jbossportletbridge from the command line.
From “Mastering Portals with a Portlet Bridge” DZone Refcard:
“A portlet bridge allows you to run application frameworks like JSF in a portal environment without needing to know anything about the underlying portlet API or portlet concepts.”
And if all that wasn’t enough, I will be giving a 50 minute talk at JBoss World titled "Making Portals Cool: The Compelling Advantages of a Portlet Bridge" where you can come and personally track me down and specifically tell me about your problems, pains, or happiness with the project or the world in general JBoss World will be located in Boston from May 3–6.
I think early bird pricing ends this Friday (April 8th), so you better hurry if you want to save a little cash.