APIs to Link Portals With Apps
Backed by heavy hitters IBM and Sun Microsystems Inc., industry efforts to form portal interoperability standards are gaining momentum.Backed by heavy hitters IBM and Sun Microsystems Inc., industry efforts to form portal interoperability standards are gaining momentum. IBM and Sun will announce this week at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco that they are leading an initiative to define a single API that ensures applications work with any portal without having to create specific portlets. The API, known as JSR (Java Specification Request) 168, would allow portals from different vendors to interoperate. The specification, an extension of the servlet API in J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition), addresses how different content sources and applications are aggregated and presented within the portal. It also addresses how security and personalization of the content and applications are handled. JSR 168 should be completed by the end of the year, with the first products that use the API available next year, said IBM officials in Armonk, N.Y.
A companion standard from the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, dubbed WSRP, or Web Services for Remote Portals, is also in the works. A technical committee from OASIS met for the first time last week to create an XML and Web services standard that allows portlets to be deployed and accessed by portals as Web services.