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From "Guy Katz" <>
Subject RE: integrating roller user management with a portal user management
Date Thu, 23 Aug 2007 14:36:54 GMT
Small note:
It would be great to add the ability to state the theme for the weblog
through the AAPP.
There is a hard coded default in the RollerWeblogHandler class(private
static final String DEFAULT_THEME = "basic";) but my roller installation
does not have the basic theme....
Also, this could be useful as a server wide configuration...

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave [] 
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2007 4:10 PM
Subject: Re: integrating roller user management with a portal user

On 8/23/07, Guy Katz <> wrote:
> RAP was exactly what I needed.
> Took me a while to get the hang of dealing with it but once I got it,
> was easy (With the help of the self-marshaling objects in the SDK).
> The documentation states that it is not to be used in production. Is
> this only for security reasons?

Originally, we marked it as experimental because it was loosely based
on Atom protocol and Atom protocol was not final.

Personally, I would like to see RAP rewritten so that it conforms to
Atom protocol.

> I can add a filter to roller to allow only the local machine to send
> XML as my roller and my portal will reside on the same tomcat. Do you
> think its sufficient?

That sounds like a good idea. If you are going to run RAP on separate
machine, I'd recommend using HTTPS so that passwords are not sent in
the clear.

- Dave

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dave []
> Sent: Monday, August 20, 2007 5:22 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: integrating roller user management with a portal user
> management
> On 8/20/07, Guy Katz <> wrote:
> > I want to integrate roller inside a portal where user management is
> done by the portal.
> >
> > The user registration code resides in the portal such that when a
> > decides to register for the portal, a new user is created for it
> in
> > the user DB in the portal and then in roller as well.
> >
> > Is there a nice way to integrate with roller to achieve this? I can
> > always just do SQL to the DB but I'd rather use some kind of a
> > mechanism or classes. I can probably have access to Roller's servlet
> > context from my portal application (deployed on the same tomcat) by
> > configuring roller 'crossContext=true' in tomcat.
> >
> > Are there any objects (such as user manager) in the roller servlet
> > context that I can retrieve and use in order to trigger a 'new user'
> > command?
> >
> > What are the integration methods that are available as an option in
> such
> > a situation?
> Let's see. You could:
> - Use the Roller Admin Protocol (RAP) to provision a new Roller user
> everytime one is added to the Portal.
> - Write a new JSP page for Roller that will respond to (authenticated)
> requests to create new users in Roller. The JSP page would call the
> UserManager.addUser() method. Then call that page from your Portal
> server.
> - Wait for Roller 4.1's new extensible user management, then plugin
> your own user manager.
> Hope that helps.
> - Dave

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