Flexible layout options

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2005-10-31 Print this article Print

A new portlet aggregator feature provides a lot of flexibility when it comes to building page layouts, letting us create portlet pages that looked pretty much any way we wanted them to and then save these looks as templates .

For users who want to use Liferay more as a content management platform, Version Portal 3.6.1 gains capabilities that make this much easier. A new Journal Content portlet makes it simple for any user to add content directly to the site.

On the developer side, Liferay provides a wide array of options beyond standard JSP. Like some other Java-based portals, Liferay Portal 3.6.1 supports JavaServer Faces, which is well-suited to portlet development. Liferay also supports The Apache Software Foundations Velocity engine, a template approach to development that helps separate Web design from Java development.

Liferay comes with a wide variety of prebuilt portlets. Some of these portlets are business-friendly tools for calendaring, blogging and content creation, while others are probably more suited to personal or nonbusiness portals.

Labs Director Jim Rapoza can be contacted at jim_rapoza@ziffdavis.com.

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Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr RapozaÔÇÖs current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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