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This series of articles focuses on demystifying the frameworks embedded in the BEA WebLogic Portal. The first framework that will be discussed in-depth is the Advisor Framework, followed in future articles by the Event Framework and the Portal Framework. The Advisor Framework is designed to be an adaptable engine with plug-in points for extending WebLogic Portal's personalization functionality. The main components in the Advisor Framework are the Advisor, AdvisletRegistry, and Advislet classes; the JSP tags; and the Advislet XML Registry. This article will discuss each component, take you through the framework execution scenario, and explain how to implement and configure a custom Advislet. Advisor Framework The key Java components in the Advisor Framework are the Advisor stateless session EJB, the AdvisletRegistry static class, and the different types of Advislet o... (more)

Understanding the Portal Framework

This is the third and final article in a series aimed at demystifying the frameworks that compose the BEA WebLogic Portal. Although this month I focus on the portal framework, you should realize that the value of WebLogic Portal is in the combination of frameworks, components, and wizards that enable the creation of Web-based applications that provide value to the end customer and the hosting business. The customer benefits by being presented with a solution that is easy to use, personalizes content and services, and provides a much better user experience. The business saves mon... (more)

Understanding the Event Framework

In last month's article, I provided an in-depth description of the Advisor Framework that is embedded in WebLogic Portal. This month, I'll focus on describing the components, capabilities, and extensions of the Event Framework. Next month I'll look at the Portal Framework The Event Framework is the run-time engine and framework in WebLogic Portal that provides the capability to enable Web sites to react intelligently to user interaction, to capture business relevant interaction information, and to add customized business event agents. Incorporated into the framework are the Even... (more)

Building Adaptive Applications With Reusable Components

Building Adaptive Applications With Reusable Components Two daunting tasks face application architects and project managers alike.The first is to architect a solution that will reduce the risks involved with implementing new and changing business requirements during the application development and post-application deployment stages of a project. The second is to architect a solution that will reduce the development time and increase the corporation's Return on Investment (ROI) in past projects by reusing prebuilt visual and business components BEA WebLogic Portal 4.0 contains fram... (more)