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uPortal Roadmap. Patches, evolution, and revolution Andrew Petro, Yale University Eric Dalquist, Unicon. uPortal Releases. uPortal 2.4.3. Patch. Minor. Major. Types of releases. 2.4. 3 2.5. 1. Patch releases Bug fixes, backwards-compatible Every 1-2 months Easy to upgrade

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Uportal roadmap

uPortal Roadmap

Patches, evolution, and revolution

Andrew Petro, Yale University

Eric Dalquist, Unicon


Uportal releases

uPortal Releases

uPortal 2.4.3

Patch

Minor

Major


Types of releases

Types of releases

2.4.3

2.5.1

  • Patch releases

    • Bug fixes, backwards-compatible

    • Every 1-2 months

    • Easy to upgrade

  • Minor releases

    • New features and possible database changes

    • Every 6-12 months

    • May take work to upgrade

  • Major releases

    • Extensive changes

    • Every 2-4 years

    • (May be) Difficult to upgrade

2.5.0

2.6.0

3.0.0


Marching towards a particular release

Marching towards a particular release

  • Nightly build

  • “Milestone”

  • Alpha

  • Beta

  • Release Candidate

  • General Audience Release


This presentation

This Presentation

  • uPortal 2.x Roadmap

  • uPortal 3.x Roadmap

  • Questions and Answers


Uportal 2 x roadmap

uPortal 2.x Roadmap

2-4-patches

2-5-patches

Towards 2.6 and beyond


What s a roadmap

What’s a Roadmap?

  • 2.5.0 Happened. What’s in it?

  • 2.4.3 Plans

  • 2.5.1 Plans

  • 2.6.0 Opportunities

  • 3.0.0 Revolution


Uportal 2 5 0

uPortal 2.5.0

Evolutionary improvement

Incremental new features,

Takes some work to upgrade

Released 26 May 2005

2.5.0


2 5 0 features

2.5.0 features

  • DLM

  • Better JSR-168 support

  • Require / embrace JDK 1.4

    • Chaining throwables

  • Support JDK 1.5

  • Spring

  • DOM3 / JAXP 1.3

  • Threading / Concurrency library

2.5.0


Uportal roadmap

DLM

  • Alternative to ALM

  • Pushed fragments managed as layouts of “fragment owners”

2.5.0


What is dlm

What is DLM?

Personal

Preferences

Fragment Owners

Declarative Configuration

User’s Layout


Library tab

Library Tab

2.5.0


Library tab plus

Library Tab Plus

2.5.0


Simple user layout management

Simple User Layout Management

PersonDirectory

Template Assignment

Template

Personal Layout

2.5.0


Simple user layout management1

Simple User Layout Management

PersonDirectory

Template Assignment

Template

Personal Layout

2.5.0


Distributed user layout management

“Distributed” User Layout Management

PersonDirectory

“Template” Assignment

Dynamic “Template”

Personal Layout

2.5.0


Distributed user layout management1

“Distributed” User Layout Management

Person Directory

Template Assignment

Dynamic Template

Personal Layout

2.5.0


Slm alm dlm

SLM? ALM? DLM?

Currently:

SLM

ALM

DLM

Where we’re going:

SLM

CLM


Jsr 168 support improvements

JSR-168 support improvements

  • Expiration caching

  • Redirects

  • Window state changing in processAction

2.5.0


Jdk 1 4 chaining throwables

JDK 1.4 / Chaining Throwables

PortalException

PortalException

ChannelRenderingException

NullPointerException

2.5.0


Jdk 1 5 support

JDK 1.5 support

  • Compiles and runs under JDK / JRE 1.5

2.5.0


Spring

Spring

  • Declarative configuration

  • That’s about Java Objects, rather than about Strings

  • The sun is setting on static factories that read class names from portal.properties.

  • PersonDirectory as the first Springified component

2.5.0


Uportal 2 4 3

uPortal 2.4.3

The next 2-4-patches deliverable

Backwards compatible conservative fixes, enhancement

Sharing of fixes for released code.

2.4.3


Adoption of threading library

Adoption of threading library

  • Backport-util-concurrent

2.4.3


Minor bugfixes

Minor bugfixes

2.4.3


2 5 1

2.5.1

Backwards-compatible improvement.

Bugfixes.

2.5.1


Uportal 2 6

uPortal 2.6

And beyond

2.6.0


Uportal cvs head

uPortal CVS head

Head

2-5-patches

2.5.1

2.5.0

2-4-patches

2.4.3

2.4.0

2.4.1

portal


Will there be a up 2 6

Will there be a uP 2.6?

  • Are there incremental improvements that could be made beyond uP 2.5 that would make you want to deploy 2.6?

  • So much so that there are developers, resources interested in working to make this happen?

  • Then it makes sense to produce uP 2.6.

2.6.0


Some up 2 6 ideas

Some uP 2.6 ideas

  • Continue to improve Layout Management

  • Stability, Stability, Stability

  • Have we stopped leaking memory yet?

  • Skinning improvements, CSS/Divs as default example

  • Groups and Permissions

  • More Spring

2.6.0


Serializable sessions

Serializable Sessions

  • And sessions worth serializing

  • Beyond load balancing and clustering

    • State-retaining failover *

  • (For channels written to take advantage)


Jira for project planning

JIRA for project planning

  • Identify desired improvements

  • Schedule for 2.6

  • “Assign” resources

  • Track to completion

2.6.0


Lather rinse repeat

Lather, Rinse, Repeat

  • Continue to incrementally improve uPortal 2.x so long as there’s interest and resources.

2.6.0


Many deployers of up 2 x

Many deployers of uP 2.x


Work to do

Work to do

Head

2-5-patches

2.5.1

2.5.0

2-4-patches

2.4.3

2.4.0

2.4.1

portal


At some point

At some point

  • Interest in continuing to develop uP 2.x wanes

  • Because there’s something better to work on

  • Move what we need into uP 3

  • And now, for uPortal 3 roadmap…

2.6.0


Uportal 3 0 0

uPortal 3.0.0

What’s next in portal technology

3.0.0


Uportal 3 0 overview

uPortal 3.0: Overview

  • Terminology and paradigm change: Channels replaced by Portlets

  • Componentization of framework

  • Modular rendering pipeline

  • Clean separation of business logic and persistence layer

  • Full support for uPortal 2 Channels

  • Upgrade tools

3.0.0


Portlet domain objects

Portlet Domain Objects

  • Portlet Application & Portlet Deployment

    • Information from portlet.xml

    • Generated from deployed applications

  • Portlet Application & Portlet Definition

    • Deployment + Configuration

    • Maps application idioms to uPortal idioms

3.0.0


Portlet domain objects1

Portlet Domain Objects

  • Portlet Application & Portlet Entity

    • Definition + Configuration

    • Synonymous with channel publishing

  • Portlet Window

    • Portlet Entities painted on the screen

    • Tracks the state of the portlet

    • Referenced by portal layout

3.0.0


Domain object architecture

Domain Object Architecture

uPortal Framework

Domain objects

Registries

Domain objects

Transfer objects

DomainObjectFactories

Caching

DAO’s

DAO Implementations e.g. Spring JDBC

Database

3.0.0


Wsrp consumer and producer

WSRP Consumer and Producer

  • Consumer

    • WSRP4J consumer proxy portlet

  • Producer

    • Implementation of WSRP4J producer

    • Currently using Java Data Objects (JDO)

    • Missing DAO layer consistent with uPortal 3

3.0.0


Rendering architecture

Context Resolver

Context A

Context X

Default Context

Parameterprocessing

Rendering pipeline

Layoutgenerator

Transformer

Filter

Transformer

Serializer

Rendering Architecture

Selects context to process incoming request

Parses request URL andinitiates actions on portlets

Generates abstract user layout

Chain of transformers and

filters compiles presentation

markup.

Produces final markup, i.e. HTML, WML

3.0.0


Security

Security

  • Acegi features

    • Has analog to uPortal 2 security providers

    • Designed with Spring Framework in mind

    • URL protection

    • Bean method-level protection

    • Support for Yale CAS

    • HTTP BASIC Authentication

3.0.0


Groups and permissions

Groups and Permissions

  • Port of groups and permissions from uPortal 2

  • Separate module within uPortal 3.0

  • Configured using Spring

  • Build process to produce separate jar files

    • Allows groups/permissions to be used in applications outside of uPortal

3.0.0


Person directory

Person Directory

  • Person Directory has already been refactored in uPortal 2

  • Separate module within uPortal 3

  • Build process to produce separate jar files

    • Allows person directory to be used in applications outside of uPortal

3.0.0


Portlet publishing

Portlet Publishing

  • First publish the portlet application

    • Map custom PortletModes and WindowStates

    • Map user attributes from uPortal to the portlet

  • Second publish portlets from the app

    • Description

    • Configuration

    • Groups and Permissions

3.0.0


Utilities

Utilities

  • Design to be configured as beans

  • Command line interface is a wrapper around the bean

  • Allows utilities to be run from portal code

  • DbLoader

    • Now supports constraints

  • Portlet Deployer

3.0.0


Milestones and beta

Milestones and Beta

  • Milestone builds

    • Render a layout based on an XML layout file

    • Render a layout based on data from database and ability to interact with portlets

    • Remaining features minus upgrade tools and instructions

  • Beta release

    • uPortal 2 feature set complete

    • Channels and CAR files work

    • Upgrade tools and instructions available

3.0.0


Uportal 3 0 help needed

uPortal 3.0: Help Needed

  • Testing

  • Move uPortal 2 Concurrency changes to 3.0

  • Move uPortal 2 XML API changes to 3.0

  • Move Person Directory into a stand-alone JAR

  • Create WSRP DAOs and provide Spring JDBC implementation

3.0.0


The future of uportal

The Future of uPortal

  • uPortal 2.5

    • Testing and minor fixes

  • uPortal 2.6

    • Incremental development along with uPortal 3

  • uPortal 3

    • Incorporating current uPortal 2 development with the complete re-architecture


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