Custom-Built Java vs. Open-Source Portal (like Liferay) – What Should I Do?

You are not alone. Many organizations are going through the same analysis and process. There are many possible options/variables to consider, but “should I roll-my-own custom site vs. leverage [open-source] products?” is one of the most common questions to answer today when considering a new web project. Following is a quick list of reasons you might want to consider choosing one over the other. Custom-Built Solution Complete Flexibility: Build a relevant solution without any, or many, compromises — whatever compromises you do make will likely be based on time and money as opposed to wrestling the wisdom of someone else’s … Read More

Liferay Intranet Portal with Google Charts Dashboard

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, and finally got around to adding Google Charts into an enterprise intranet portal. We had five unique data points to display as key performance indicators (KPIs) for how the organization is performing. We have delivered a number of whizbang charting and dashboard capabilities and had a lot of fun with them over the years, but this time, we wanted a lightweight capability that generated images (no Flash and no JavaScript) so any old browser on any platform would render this area properly. We also didn’t want to introduce any extra file … Read More

Liferay – Transparency Equals Comfort

The open source movement has been amazing in the enterprise. We have been working with Liferay for a while now, and find it to be getting better each day. The nice thing is, we can literally see it get better each day with direct access to the source over the web along with detailed commits and much more than ever anticipated we would ever know about our enterprise solutions. I believe that this is an example of transparency that makes the open source environment even more compelling. Not only are these capabilities helping move along the open source environment and … Read More

Liferay IDE Installation and Development on Windows

My experience is that Liferay 6.x is excellent. It is even better with the addition of Liferay IDE. This guide walks through the following topics related to setting up your local Windows environment for Liferay development using Liferay IDE: Installing Liferay IDE Liferay Plugins SDK Installation and Configuration in Liferay IDE Liferay Portal Configuration in Liferay IDE Developing and Deploying HelloWorld Portlet in Liferay IDE [message_box title=”Free Download” color=”green”] Please complete the following for access to the download. [/message_box] Software and versions used for the screenshots in this tutorial are: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Eclipse Helios 3.6.x Liferay IDE 1.1.x … Read More