Websphere Portal First Steps »
FERDY CHRISTANT - JUN 21, 2004 (04:53:08 PM)
Last March I have been to the IBM Technical Symposium in Stuttgart, covering Websphere Portal and Lotus Workplace. Since then, I haven't really given it a follow-up. I've seen the products a couple of times, but never tried to do anything with it myself. As a first step I have successfully installed a Websphere Portal server:
I was actually shocked at how trouble-free everything went. I realize it's a minimum install (no RDBMS or LDAP) but I heard some worrying sounds about Portal install issues before I tried. Guess it's not that bad (yet). I installed it on my spare box, a PIII 1Ghz with 768Meg of RAM on board. It took 6 hours for the installation to finish, and clicking around the portal isn't exactly fast, yet I consider it good enough for a playing field.
For now, I'll get myself familiar with portal by clicking around a little. After that, I'd like to be able to write and deploy a simple portlet. When I have these things figured out, the fun begins: trying to build something usefull in portal. I'll inform you every step of the way, I myself find it quite hard to get nuts-n-bolts info on portal. Another resource can't hurt, right?