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About the Author

Ashok Iyengar is a member of the WebSphere enablement team and the coauthor of WebSphere V3.5 Handbook and IBM WebSphere V4.0 Advanced Edition Handbook. He lives in Encinitas, California. Venkata Gadepalli is a member of the WebSphere enablement team. His current focus is enabling and consulting for WebSphere products with primary emphasis in the areas of WebSphere Application Server, portals, and personalization. He lives in Cary, North Carolina. Bruce Olson is a member of the WebSphere enablement team and has helped design and implement the IBM C++ User Interface Class Library. He is the coauthor of Power GUI Programming. He lives in Cary, North Carolina.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 550 pages
  • Publisher: Mc Press; 2nd edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193118223X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931182232
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,357,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Glover Jr. on January 25, 2006
I'm reading the 2nd edition, which says on the cover, "Fully updated for V5.1". I think some of the reviews appearing here may be referring to the 1st edition when they complain that it only covers V4. Furthermore, there is confusion among reviewers between the versioning of WPS (Web Portal Server) versus the versioning of WAS (Web Application Server). The latest version of WPS is 5.1 while the latest version of WAS (now renamed to "Rational") is 6.0. The book covers WPS 5.1 as well as both WAS 5.1.x and WAS 6.0. So, it is completely up to date as far as I can tell. In my opinion the complaints that the book only covers v4 or v5 are based on a misunderstanding of versioning and should not be considered.

Chapters 1 and 2 were at a high level and very well written, considering the enormous complexity involved in putting so many different products under the same umbrella and making them appear unified. It makes one a little sympathetic for the IBM architects who have to make a logical, consistent set of diagrams out of all the disparate products IBM offers including Lotus and Domino.

Chapter however 3 was not pleasant to read. It gives instructions for installing Websphere Portal on Windows, Unix, and Linux with all sorts of variations. Many concepts that it would have been nice to have had explained, weren't. For example, why is the author all of a sudden saying an [...] server is required and that the IBM [...] server will be used in the examples? Isn't there an [...] server embedded somewhere already in the Websphere Applications Server? A paragraph of explanation would have helped to clear that up. And the expertise in LDAP servers that chapter three presupposes is not necessarily true of all readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vijaya Dasari on August 9, 2006
It's neither useful for developers or architects or managers. Most of the pages are filled with screenshots/images(WebSphere portal administration interfaces).

I found better information in the IBM Redbooks on WebSphere Portal Server.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 24, 2005
[A review of the 2nd EDITION 2005.]
The first edition described version 4 of the Portal, but the actual released version was 5. Now in 2005, here is the second edition. It covers version 5.1. However, the Portal is now at version 6. Still one step behind. Rather unfortunate. You should keep in mind that this probably arose due to the sheer complexity of the total WebSphere development effort, and the unavoidable lag time in publishing a text.

The text does give an impressive roundup of the WebSphere Portal effort. The Portal has extensive personalisation and customisation. (IBM maintains a distinction between these, which the text explains.) The end user and the sysadmin can access these to present a nice UI. One chapter goes into a good level of detail as to how much tweaking you can do to this. A lot of effort has clearly gone into building out this ability.

None of this is actually programming. Whereas to the programmers amongst you, later chapters of the book are more germane. One chapter describes the IBM Java Portlet class, and how it extends the standard HttpServlet. The Portlet API is explained at a level suitable for programming. To good approximation, you can think of the Portlet coding as a variant on JSP and servlet coding, which perhaps you might already have done.

Continuing this, another chapter shows how authentication and authorisation can use JAAS.

Overall in the book, you can clearly see that IBM has committed to producing code compatible with J2EE standards. Which means that if you already have a background in J2EE, it will help your assimilation of the book.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Uffer on August 1, 2005
This books is updated. Amazon is highlighting the copy for the second edition as the first edition. See below for accurate description.

Completely updated for V5.1.x, the authors systematically guide you through IBM's WebSphere Portal product, which includes the Portal server, the Personalization server, WebSphere Content Management, Document Manager, versatile search engines, and the collaboration component.
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