IBM WebSphere Portal Primer
||Author: Ashok K. Iyengar, Venkata V. Gadepalli|
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Publisher: MC Press, LLC (01 September, 2003)
Sales Rank: 19,151
Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 4 out of 5
Useful reference for Portal Administration
I found this book to be a helpful reference. For example, the explanations of some of the portlets helped me understand how to use them better than any other information I searched for.
Rating: 5 out of 5
An excellent guide to WebSphere Portal
This book covers the 4.x versions of WebSphere Portal.
I bought this book after spending many a sleepless night reading Redbooks for WebSphere Portal, hoping to find something that stuck to the basics, instead of trying to teach me every single feature or function of the product. This book excels in that regard.
The authors take a very practical approach to the product, first introducing it at a high level, then describing the process of installing the software on various platforms (Windows, Solaris, Linux, etc.), and moving on to a brief introduction to the portal interface and organization. Just as you find yourself beginning to question what portlets are all about, there is a chapter devoted exclusively to the portlet architecture and the portlet API which, while obviously targeted at developers, covers just enough information to paint a clear mental picture of all the "moving parts" that make up a portlet.
The latter chapters are devoted to user personalization, security and single sign on, site analytics, the WebSphere Content Publisher, search functionality, portlets that are bundled with the WPS product, and a brief discussion of federated portals (multiple portal instances that share portal content with each other).
As is the case throughout, the authors start every chapter at a high level and carefully expose you to the details so that you aren't overwhelmed. This was my experience with virtually all of the Redbooks published-- even their introductory material seems more like a reference than a guide. It's obvious that these guys made a conscious effort to present the material in a way that is easy to digest, and I believe they have succeeded. I'm already eagering anticipating the second edition, which I hope will help me get up to speed with all the new features of WPS 5.0.
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