What's New in Oracle Portal?

This chapter provides a brief description of features introduced with the latest and previous releases of Oracle Portal and provides pointers to additional information, this chapter includes the following section:

New Features in Oracle Portal 11g Release 1 (11.1.1)

The new features of Oracle Portal 11g Release 1 (11.1.1) include:

Oracle Portal Runs on Oracle WebLogic Server

Oracle Portal, originally shipped as part of Oracle Application Server in previous releases, now runs on Oracle WebLogic Server 11gR1 (10.3.3).

Support for WS-Security

With this enhancement, an administrator can secure a WSRP producer with WS-Security (For example: SAML, UserTaken, and so on.), and select an appropriate token type to use for identity propagation.

Support for New HTML Document Type Declarations (Doctypes)

A new portal configuration setting allows you to specify the HTML output type generated by Oracle Portal. In addition to HTML 4.01 Transitional, three new doctypes are supported: HTML 4.01 Strict, XHTML 1.0 Transitional, and XHTML 1.0 Strict.

Optimization of Oracle Internet Directory Integration

These security enhancements let you adjust for login performance, and specify how soon the effects of provisioning changes in groups affect user authorizations.

Identity Management Integration

This enhancement lets you define a dynamic group in Oracle Internet Directory, add a user as a member, and secure a page by assigning appropriate access rights to the dynamic group. Whatever changes to the group's rights or the user's membership in the group are then reflected in the user's ability to access the page.

Integration with Oracle Secure Enterprise Search

Secure Enterprise Search (SES) provides the ability to search public and private portal content as well as external repositories (and replaces UltraSearch).

Oracle Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control

Oracle Portal 11g Release 1 (11.1.1) includes integration with Oracle Enterprise Manger Fusion Middleware Control 11g, which introduces many important new features for monitoring and configuring Portal components, viewing performance metrics for portal pages, portlets, and providers in real time using the Oracle Enterprise Manager interface.

Improved Export/Import Utilities

The Export/Import utilities include several key improvements for Oracle Portal 11g Release 1 (11.1.1), including:

Integration with Oracle Fusion Middleware

Oracle Portal 11g Release 1 (11.1.1) has new portlets that integrate Oracle Secure Enterprise Search (search submission and search results), Oracle BPEL (notifications, task analysis, reporting), Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (Siebel BI Tools), and Hyperion System BPM (Business Performance Management), this provides improved, out-of-the-box integration with Oracle Portal.

Support for Content Approvals Using BPEL

Oracle Portal 11g Release 1 (11.1.1) enables you to use Oracle BPEL to define approval processes for page groups and pages in your Portal. Oracle BPEL brings added functionality beyond that provided by the Oracle Portal built-in workflow, and it is now a simple job to leverage that functionality in your Portal.

Improved Integration with Oracle Applications

Oracle Portal 11g Release 1 (11.1.1) provides improved integration with the following:

Capability to integrate Oracle WebCenter Services into Oracle Portal

In this release, you can integrate Oracle WebCenter Services, which is a separate license, into Oracle Portal. For information about setting up the services producer application, see Chapter 27, Creating Portlets with the Oracle JSF Portlet Bridge in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Developer's Guide for Oracle WebCenter.

Use of Oracle JSF Portlet Bridge to portletize JSF applications and integrate them into Oracle Portal

You can portletize JSF applications by using Oracle JSF Portlet Bridge, which is packaged with Oracle WebCenter Services. You can integrate these portlets into Oracle Portal. For more information about Oracle JSF Portlet Bridge, see Creating Portlets with the Oracle JSF Portlet Bridge in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Developer's Guide for Oracle WebCenter.

Content Integration

The Oracle Portal portlets help to expose content from third-party document management systems. The portlets are built in Oracle JDeveloper, and JCR 1.0 adapters are used to connect to content management systems.

Improved Access to Oracle Portal Management Content

Oracle Portal 11g Release 1 (11.1.1) has a new JCR-based (JSR-170) adapter, that will allow you to integrate content stored and managed within the Portal Repository in a custom J2EE application.

OmniPortlet Enhancements

This enhancement will provide an advanced parameter form that allows you to populate a list of values dynamically based on a data source, such as a SQL query or database column. In addition, the Web service data source of OmniPortlet has been improved greatly, allowing you to consume complex Web services, including BPEL and PL/SQL-based Web services.

Support for New Industry Standards

Oracle Portal 11g Release 1 (11.1.1) supports the following new standards:

New Features in OracleAS Portal 10g Release 2 (10.1.4)

The new features of OracleAS Portal 10g Release 2 (10.1.4) include:

New Caching Architecture

In 10g Release 2 (10.1.4), OracleAS Portal introduces a major improvement in scaleability. In this release, OracleAS Web Cache which uses Edge Side Includes (ESI) processing, is the entry point for page request processing rather than the Parallel Page Engine (PPE). This simplifies the page metadata (PMD) and it allows different types of metadata to be cached in OracleAS Web Cache at a more granular level, increasing the cache hit ratio and enabling a more granular invalidation of portal content. This new approach also provides support for secure full page caching in OracleAS Web Cache.

Query Path URL Supports SSL

OracleAS Portal maintains the URL prefix of OracleAS Single Sign-On, which accesses certain information through calls from the database using the UTL_HTTP package. These calls can now also be made using HTTPS. In previous releases, these calls were made using HTTP. As a result, even if OracleAS Portal and OracleAS Single Sign-On were configured to use HTTPS, you had to still use an HTTP port on OracleAS Single Sign-On to support these interfaces. If you are using HTTPS, then after configuring OracleAS Single Sign-On to use SSL, you must update the OracleAS Single Sign-On query path URL.

New URL Format

The URL format in OracleAS Portal 10g Release 2 (10.1.4) has changed from http://<host>:<port>/pls/<dad> to http://<host>:<port>/portal/pls/<dad>. This change is to accommodate the availability of all necessary Portal Services running within OC4J_PORTAL. If URLs of the older format are accessed, then OracleAS Portal either automatically rewrites the URL to use the new format, or alerts you to change the bookmarked URL to the new format.

WSRP Support

Organizations engaged in enterprise portal projects have found application integration to be a major issue. Until now, users developed portlets using proprietary APIs for a single portal platform and often faced a shortage of available portlets from a particular portal vendor. All this changes with the introduction of Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP). WSRP is a Web services standard that allows the plug-and-play of visual, user-facing Web services with portals or other intermediary Web applications. Being a standard, WSRP enables interoperability between a standards-enabled container and any WSRP portal.

Search and Oracle Text Indexing Enhancements

Notable improvements to the search facilities in OracleAS Portal include:

Support for Enhanced Provider Message Authentication

In 10g Release 2 (10.1.4), OracleAS Portal introduces the support for Enhanced Provider Message Authentication. Enhanced message authentication secures the integrity of the headers that are used to propagate the user's authenticated identity to the Web provider. This enables you to leverage J2EE security in your provider code.

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