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IBM Websphere Portal 8: Web Experience Factory and the Cloud

Chelis Camargo, Helmar Martens

Build a comprehensive web portal for your company with a complete coverage of all the project lifecycle stages with this book and ebook.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849684040
Paperback474 pages

About This Book

  • The only book that explains the various phases in a complete portal project life cycle
  • Full of illustrations, diagrams, and tips with clear step-by-step instructions and real time examples
  • Take a deep dive into Portal architectural analysis, design and deployment
  • Understand how profiling can be used to provide variability for customization, personalization and configuration of portlets and environments
  • Master the main approaches for classifying, isolating and resolving portal problems via troubleshooting
  • Instructions valid for Portal versions 7 and 8.

Who This Book Is For

This book is written for any professional involved with a portal project.  Professionals performing roles ranging from project and product management, program director, and architects to any lead role, will benefit from the project related segment of this book.

The segment related to Portlet Development will benefit mostly portal developers and architects. Only this section requires some basic knowledge of IBM WebSphere Portal.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Portal Assessment
IBM WebSphere Portal (WP), IBM Web Experience Factory (WEF), and the cloud
SaaS/IaaS/PaaS cloud engagement models
Getting started—case study
Cloud use cases applied
Portal and Cloudonomics sense
Chapter 2: Portal Governance: Adopting the Mantra of Business Performance through IT Execution
Social and technical evolution
Five steps to governance
Portal governance — best practices
Value interests
Chapter 3: Portal Requirements Engineering
The discipline of requirements and requirements as a discipline
Chapter 4: Portal Architecture: Analysis and Design
Cloud architectural model
Portal architectural decisions
Information architecture — wireframes and storyboards
Enterprise reference architecture — simplifying complexity with DataPower and all handlers
A2Z banking reference and portal application architecture
A2Z call center reference and portal application architecture
Cloud as the fabric for resilient architecture
Architecting for nonfunctional requirements
Chapter 5: Portal Golden and Cloud Architecture
Reusable architecture assets and IBM Portal Accelerators
Cloud execution environment and architectural model for cloud computing — IBM cloud reference architecture
Highly available portal golden and SOA reference architecture
Virtual portals, realms, and cluster partitioning
Portal collaboration, pervasive, and voice runtime architectures
Portal security architecture
Portal architecture and performance modeling — cloud and traditional paradigms
Portal operational model and workload analysis
IBM lab tools — mainframe and distributed
Commercial solutions and tools — mainframe and distributed
Cloud capacity planning — IBM SmartCloud Monthly Cost Estimator
Cloud capacity planning — Amazon Monthly Calculator
Test architecture and test data governance
Chapter 6: Portal Build, Deployment, and Release Management
Portal build, deployment, and release management
Best practices and Jazz-enabled staging
Portal tools
WEF and WP environment — high-level release steps
Portlet deployment
Portal resources management via policies
Publishing to a remote AMI instance on the Amazon Cloud
Cloud-enabled environment provisioning, deployment, and release management with IBM Workload Deployer
Chapter 7: Introduction to Web Experience Factory
What is Web Experience Factory?
Key benefits of using Web Experience Factory for portlet development
The development environment
Key components of WEF — builders, models, and profiles
Regeneration engine
Creating a WEF project
Creating your first Portlet
Executing your portlet from the designer
Deploying your portlet
Chapter 8: Service Layers
The Service Consumer and Service Provider patterns in WEF
Service builders
Creating a service model
Testing the Service Provider models
Revisiting the Logical Operations
Invoking the Service Provider model from the Service Consumer model
Chapter 9: Invoking Web Services
Portal projects leveraging web services
The Web Service Call builder
Web service inputs from other builders
Sample model
Data transformation and manipulation of service response
The transform builders
IXml Java interface
Chapter 10: Building the Application User Interface
Choosing the right builders to create the UI
Understanding how WEF builds UI
High-level and low-level builders
Data Service User Interface builder
Modifying the generated application
HTML Templates in WEF
Chapter 11: The Dojo Builders and Ajax
What is Dojo and Ajax
The benefits of using Dojo and Ajax in portal development
The Dojo and Ajax related builders
Dojo Rich Text Editor sample
Dojo Tree builder sample
Chapter 12: WEF Profiling
Profile set editor
Profiling sample
Sample portlet — exposing profiles through the portal's Configure option
Role-based profiling
Chapter 13: Types of Models
One portlet, many models
Model types demystified
Chapter 14: WEF and Mobile Web Applications
Mobile devices
Desktop applications versus mobile web applications
WEF handling of mobile web applications
Chapter 15: How to Implement a Successful Portal Project with WEF
Planning for success
Required skills for developing a portlet with WEF
Development environment
XMLAccess scripts
Roles, permissions, access level
Development of POCs or prototypes
WEF project folder structure
Chapter 16: Portlet and Portal Testing
Test strategy and plan
Functional/nonfunctional test tools and automation
Test environment and test data
Overall test metrics
Portal testing
Portlet testing — time to walk the walk
WEF testing
Security testing
Performance anti-patterns
Chapter 17: Portal and Portlet Performance Monitoring
Business and technology monitoring
APM as a discipline — choose your weapons
Portal server monitoring with ITCAM for WebSphere
PMI is your best friend
Web analytics
Cloud monitoring
Green Data Center monitoring
Chapter 18: Portal Troubleshooting
Problem determination and troubleshooting
Divide and conquer
IBM Support Assistant—general tools
ISA for WebSphere Portal
Troubleshooting in WebSphere Application Server v8
Splunk engine
Chapter 19: Portal, WEF, and Portlet Tuning
Tuning — strategy and knowledge
Tuning lifecycle
Tuning candidates and test cases
Performance tuning — a deep dive into WEF
Performance-related log files
Chapter 20: Portal Post-production
A2Z Bank business and technical monitoring
Measuring portal and cloud success
Training users and support

What You Will Learn

  • Master best practices in building portal environments for high availability
  • Explore Cloud topics as another paradigm for hosting, developing and publishing portal applications
  • Develop Portlets and multichannel applications utilizing WEF
  • Understand the performance benefits of using Dojo and Ajax in WebSphere Portal 7.0 and 8.0
  • Master how profiling can be used to provide variability for customization, personalization and configuration of portlets and environments
  • Understand the different model types available to WEF developers and learn how to choose the right ones for your portlets
  • Learn how to create web applications to run on iPhone and other mobile devices

In Detail

IBM WebSphere® Portal is a cost- effective, scalable, and proven solution for the portal enterprise space. Given the depth and the breadth of WebSphere Portal and the challenges of developing a portal project, you need a book that covers all the nuances of the entire portal project lifecycle. This book accomplishes just that.

In this book, we cover topics that range from portal assessment, governance, and architecture, to design and development. These topics are covered not only within these traditional areas, but also within the cloud environment context. Keeping both contexts in mind, several chapters are dedicated to portal and portlet testing, troubleshooting, performance monitoring, best practices, and tuning. The cloud option is also analyzed and discussed for hosting, developing, and publishing portal applications.

We also cover Web Experience Factory (WEF) as the tool of choice for portlet development. We take you from the introduction to the development of advanced portlets in an intuitive and efficient manner. We cover not only common topics, such as builders, models, and user interface development, but also advanced topics, such as Dojo builders, Ajax techniques, and WEF performance.

Within the WEF space, we cover other topics, which have never been covered before by any other competing book. You will learn how to develop multichannel applications, including web mobile applications and you will learn about the model types available for portlet development, including when and how to utilize them. We also present and discuss numerous aspects and facets of implementing a WEF project and what it takes to successfully deliver them.

The richness and the profundity of the topics combined with an intuitive and well-structured presentation of the chapters will provide you with all the information you need to master your skills with the IBM WebSphere Portal project lifecycle and Web Experience Factory.


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