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WebSphere Portal 8: New Modular Theme Framework
Mark Polly    

IBM has been reworking WebSphere Portal themes for a long time now.  The feedback I get on themes in Portal 7 is they are too complicated, too slow, and not well documented.  With WebSphere Portal 8, IBM is addressing these concerns with a new theme architecture.  IBM is touting the new theme as very modular, which should lead to a flexible framework that improves download times and minimizes the number of requests going from the browser to the server.

In my last post about Managed Pages, I said that I had received some errors when creating a page.  I had built a blog page and wanted to include a tag cloud on that page.  When I dragged the Tag Cloud portlet to the page and saved my changes, I received the following messages:

Profile Errors

Apparently, I was missing some Dojo files that were needed for the tag cloud.  After looking into this, I figured out the default  theme must not have been quite right.  I looked at the page properties and noticed a theme profile select box.  When I clicked on that entry, I found that I had a choice of several profiles:

Theme Profile    Theme profile

I changed the profile to Full and saved the page again.  This time, I was able to save my page with the Tag Cloud portlet.  So why would the profile matter?

A theme profile is one mechanism IBM implemented to improve load time.  A profile loads modules that the theme designer designates from the list of available modules.  Modules are part of the new module theme framework.  So a theme profile can load all modules (i.e. Full), or the profile can load selected modules based on the needs of the page.

If you don’t need the entire Dojo library, for example, you can create a theme profile that loads only those modules you do need.  The Portal documentation contains a list of modules supplied by IBM and you can create your own modules. By choosing only the modules your page absolutely needs, you can skinny down the overall theme, improving load times.

You can learn more about the module framework here.  While its too early to tell if IBM finally has a workable, modern theme, this new module framework certainly looks very promising.



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Consumer Engagement at Florida Blue with IBM Digital Experience
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 5:13p   Mark Polly
Glenn Kline of Perficient and Phani Kanakala from Florida Blue presented a case study of how Florida Blue, Florida’s largest healthcare payer, uses IBM Digital Experience to engage consumers.  Florida Blue’s mission is “To improve the health and well-being of Floridians and their communities”.  This really is a good reason to engage customers. Florida Blue has been using IBM Digital Experience platforms since 2008.  Every year Florida Blue added new features and new si [read] Keywords: agent ibm application applications mobile properties server websphere websphere portal
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IBM Digital Experience in the Cloud: New Options and Capabilities
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 4:12p   Mark Polly
Tony Higham and Paul Kelsey spoke about deploying IBM Digital Experience on both an on-premise and public cloud.  There are 5 properties of the cloud generally recognized in the market.  IBM is fully supporting each of theses properties: On-demand & Self Service – its there when you need it Broad Network Access – a global network with fast access from any device Resource Pooling – customers share computing resources at some level.  IBM is not really embracing shared har [read] Keywords: ibm application database network properties security websphere websphere portal
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Integrating IBM Digital Experience and Microsoft SharePoint
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 12:12p   Mark Polly
Jason Cornell spoke at the IBM Digital Experience Conference about how well IBM Digital Experience software integrates with SharePoint. When IBM talks about integration with SharePoint, its usually how to display SharePoint content or apps within WebSphere Portal. There are a bunch of ways that IBM has enabled out-of-the-box integration with SharePoint: IBM has Web Application Bridge to pull in SharePoint sites, libraries, lists, wikis, blogs, announcements and so on.  The Bridge displays cont [read] Keywords: calendaring ibm ldd lotus application applications exchange exchange integration microsoft portlet sharepoint sql websphere websphere portal wiki
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IBM Digital Experience Conf: Developing Portlets Using JQuery
Tue, Jul 22nd 2014 10:12a   Glenn Kline
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IBM Digital Experience Conf: Marketing Integration
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 5:12p   Mark Polly
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IBM Digital Experience Conf: IBM Web Content Manager Patterns
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 1:13p   Mark Polly
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IBM XGX – What’s New in WebSphere Portal and IBM WCM 8.5
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 1:13p   Glenn Kline
Rob Will, chief architect for WebSphere Portal, once again gave a great presentation at IBM’s Digital Experience Conference 2014.  The focus was on the new capabilities delivered in the last year. The focus of the digital experience suite has been to provide a framework with tools and services to be able to deliver a great digital experience.  The focus has shifted from IT building the solutions to the line of business being able to own and deliver content and services themselves.  The [read] Keywords: connections ibm ajax application applications css development dojo mac mobile portlet profile security server websphere websphere portal
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IBM Digital Experience Conf 2014: Stephen Power’s View
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 11:12a   Mark Polly
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IBM Digital Experience 2014: Opening Session with Doug Geiger
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 10:13a   Mark Polly
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IBM Digital Experience Conference 2014: Opening with Gary Dolsen
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 10:13a   Mark Polly
IBM’s Digital Experience Conference got underway today in Anaheim.  For those that have followed IBM WebSphere Portal in the past, Digital Experience is a really set of individual point products that include WebSphere Portal, Web Content Manager, Forms, etc. If you have really, really followed IBM’s portal you will probably know Larry Bowden as the long-time leader and builder of the IBM WebSphere Portal brand.  Larry has recently retired from IBM and Gary Dolsen has taken over th [read] Keywords: ibm mobile websphere websphere portal




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