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A Web portal is an application that aggregates multiple Web applications on a single Web page. Popular examples of portals are My Yahoo (my.yahoo.com) and My MSN (my.msn.com). These portals allow users to aggregate multiple Web applications (like Stock Quote, News, and Weather). In addition these portals allow users to personalize and customize the presentation and content of the individual Web application. This means users may do both: change the color, style, and layout of the page, and specify the content - list of stocks in a Stock Quote application and categories of news in a News application. The Java community has created a standard for developing portal applications; it's called the Portlet API. The individual Web applications described above are called portlets. In August 2003, Portlet API specification, JSR 168 (http://jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=168), complet... (more)

Evolving Functionality

C++ brought into vogue the concept of interfaces, abstractness, and implementations. Java went a step further and formalized them with proper keywords for each of the concepts. There are a substantial number of patterns in which interfaces, abstract classes, and classes can be combined for various purposes. You only have to look at the book Design Patterns, by Erich Gamma et al (Addison-Wesley), to realize the importance of recognizing these constructs. Constructing a software program that you expect to have a long life is an attempt to evolve its functionality over time, withou... (more)

Applying Java/XML/XSL Technology

XML/XSL are widely used for publishing and EDI. This article shows how XML/XSL can be used effectively for IT Web development by overcoming the disparities between relational data and XML. What's the best way to develop Web applications driven by relational databases (the backbone of current IT)? Would the answer lead us down the road to XML/XSL? If so, how can we convert relational data to XML? In Part 1, I describe the appeal of XSLT as a presentation engine, why we should retrieve relational data as XML, and briefly review how XSQL, a promising tool from Oracle, converts relat... (more)

Applying Java/XML/XSL Technology

In Part 1 of this article (XML-J, Vol. 2, issue 4) I discussed the motivation and desire to adapt XSL and JSP to transform the pervasive relational data to HTML. In Part 2 I discuss a Java-centric design approach to converting relational data to an XML DOM and how Xalan can transform the XML DOM to HTML. In addition, I provide sample code for both Xerces and Xalan. I also demonstrate practical ways to use XSL to transform XML to HTML, and supply appropriate references. Obtaining Relational Data as XML on the Fly The design goals for converting relational data to XML in an HTML d... (more)