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From Nick Goupinets <>
Subject Re: How start?
Date Sun, 14 Nov 2004 15:49:31 GMT
Hi Ilario,

I hope I am not mistaken and the thing under consideration is whether to
use portal engine or portal framework.

I guess the answer will be: it depends.

Portal framework is a "vertical portal". At any point in time there is 
only one page (that you can customize) with coplets. It is true that 
there is a nice interface for adding and removing coplets and as well as 
for user management. But it lacks a lot of very useful features: support 
for multiple tabs, skins, extensible authentication mechanism.

Portal engine is a fully functional portal, not limited to just a single 
vertical layout. If in your project you will ever need multiple pages 
with different coplets presented, it would be reasonable to employ the 
portal engine.

Of course, there are some limitations of portal engine. As you said, it 
lacks the user management and coplet customization support, but these 
functions can be implemented with a bit of work (user management is 
easier to implement, coplet customization is slightly harder).


javascript wrote:
> Hello list,
> I am starting to work to a e-learning platform for a test plan.
> The structure will use the coplets and I am trying to use the two 
> examples included in the documentation (portale and portale-portal-fw).
> The second example it is more complete but it seems to be slow, the 
> first one seems better, but it is incomplete (there is not a management 
> console).
> The plan is much simple (Portal+CMS+SCORM) and not there are members of 
> JSP (JSR168 is not important).
> Can someone suggest to me if it is better to begin with portal or with 
> portal-fw?
> Thanks
> Ilario
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