Integrating Flex into portals has always been an interesting topic for enterprise developers. Other than a blog I did a while back there hasn’t been much information out there about how to get Flex apps into portals. But I just read a great article on IBM developerWorks about Integrating Adobe Flex with IBM WebSphere Portal. It’s a great read for enterprise developers looking to combine Flex and WebSphere Portal.
Last week while many of us were gallivanting around Vegas at MAX, Oracle was holding their OpenWorld conference in San Francicso. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to be in two places at once, so I didn’t attend OpenWorld. But I did have the opportunity of building a Flex demo for one of the Oracle keynotes. I really just took a few of our sample applications and portalized them. You can see the end result on Oracle’s Portlet Testing Site. One cool thing to point out is that the portlets are actually remote portlets being served via Oracle’s JPDK. In case you want to play around with these portlets in your own portal, the provider url is: http://www.jamesward.org:8888/flexportlets/providers/flex_portlets
Also be sure to read the Oracle Press Release:
Oracle and Adobe Collaborate to Enable Enterprise Rich Client Development
And an article I helped write: Providing Rich Portlets with Adobe Flex
In the past 2 months Flex was used in a keynote at Intel’s developer conference, a Flex application took second place at SAP TechED’s Demo Jam, and most recently Oracle did the keynote Flex demo at OpenWorld! Enterprise software continues to be transformed by Flex!