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A standard from OASIS called Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) is used to allow portlets to be decoupled from a portal. It allows portlets, which are deployed to remote portal servers, to be aggregated at runtime into a unified portal page by a local portal server. The remote portal server's portlets are wrapped as Web Services. The output of a Web Service operation is an HTML fragment used by the portal to render the portlet. Interestingly enough, the portal server software used to manage remote portlets and the portal can differ, provided they both conform to the WSRP specification. In this two-part article, we'll examine this capability and show how two competing portal server products, namely WebSphere Portal and WebLogic Portal, can integrate with one another. Using WSRP is one step forward to building a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). In this first... (more)

WSRP Really Works! - Part 2

A standard from OASIS called Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) is used so portlets can be decoupled from a portal. In part one (JDJ, Volume. 13, issue 3) of this article, we introduced the relevant standards and specifications and then demonstrated WSRP’s capabilities by consuming a WebSphere Portal portlet in WebLogic Portal. In this second article, we’ll explore the reverse scenario by illustrating WebSphere Portal acting as the portlet consumer and WebLogic operating as the portlet producer. For WebSphere Portal to consume a WebLogic Portal portlet, several things have... (more)