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WebCenter Portal: Services
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What Are WebCenter Portal: Services?

Oracle WebCenter Portal exposes Web 2.0 and personal productivity features through a comprehensive set of services. The services are integrated so that you can use them together (for example, you can add an Instant Messaging and Presence link to a discussion forum to chat with a product expert directly from a forum topic), manage them effectively, and model relationships between users and information to discover experts and new ways to improve your business performance.

All WebCenter Portal services use task flows, components, and portlets to speed their adoption, making developers and end users quickly productive. For example, the Documents service is exposed through the Documents task flow, the Document List Viewer task flow, and the Recent Documents task flow. Then the Content Presenter task flow allows for presentation of the content to be paired with templates to shape the information in the best presentable way. You can add any of these task flows to a portal when you are building it, and users can add these service task flows to a deployed portal with Composer in WebCenter Portal.

If the pre-built task flows do not meet the requirements, developers have two additional choices:
  1. Customize the pre-built task flows to match the requirements directly. These customizations are created inside JDeveloper and provide developers with an extremely productive and fast way of delivering their required functionality.

  2. Use the pre-built data controls and bind their own user interface to meet the requirements, without having to build the back-end integration.

WebCenter Portal services are built to industry standards, such as IMAP (mail), JSR 116 (presence), JCR 1.0 and CMIS (content integration), JSR 168, JSR 286, WSRP 1.0 and 2.0, JSR 329, and many others.

WebCenter Portal services fall into two broad categories: social networking services and personal productivity services.