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From Tim Holloway <>
Subject RE: portal frameworks vs. struts
Date Wed, 07 Jan 2004 21:51:48 GMT

Here's some of the attributes of a portal:

1. It shows be able to serve as a sort of "digital dashboard", placing
the most important aspects of your job under immediate view and serving
as a launchpad for the rest.

2. The portal page may contain one or more complete self-contained

3. Because portal pages can pull data from many sources (especially if
they display RSS newsfeeds), a good portal implementation will have support
for caching. The page can't fully display until the slowest contributor
has finished - even if the user's not interested in that item, since HTML
doesn't have support for partial page updates.

4. Portals encourage Single Sign-on (SSO) support. Consider: what happens if
have 12 applications pulling content from 12 places displaying data on
your portal page - and every last one of them requires a userid/password to
be supplied before they can run?



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joerg Heinicke []
> Sent: Monday, January 05, 2004 9:07 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: portal frameworks vs. struts
> I would not call Cocoon a portal framework, it's indeed an 
> XML framework 
> and so much more widespreaded. But Cocoon 2.1 offers as an additional 
> block the portal framework.
> What's a portal? Hmm, I'm not an expert, but I would say it is one 
> common user interface for different sources of information. This user 
> interface should be highly customizable.
> I guess you will find more information at the JetSpeed homgepage 
> (, otherwise at google.
> Struts is only a "poor" formular handling framework. This 
> functionality 
> is also covered by Cocoon by the woody block.
> Joerg
> On 05.01.2004 19:02, Naresh Agarwal wrote:
> > Hi
> > 
> > I'm new to the world of portals/web apps.
> > 
> > What is a portal framework? What is the difference between 
> a portal framework like jetspeed/cocoon and struts?
> > 
> > I'm looking for a tool/framework, which can help in 
> development of a category of websites, which has basic 
> features as follows:
> > 
> > 1) Allows user/partner login and user/partner profiles
> > 2) Uploading and downloading of data along with access control
> > 3) Other features of a typical web site, like browsing with 
> in a web site etc, fast loading of pages etc. 
> > 
> > What will be right choice for developing such web sites - a 
> portal framework like jetspeed/cocoon or struts web 
> application framework?
> > 
> > Any leads/pointers will be greatly appreciated.
> > 
> > thanks,
> > Naresh
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