Well, one more obstacle has been removed with the recent release of WebSphere Portlet Factory 6.1.
It's worth noting that IBM does not formally support WebSphere Portlet Factory on Ubuntu - the two supported Linux platforms are: -
- SUSE Linux Enterprise SLED 10
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux release 5.1
In my particular case, I'm using WebSphere Dashboard Framework (WDF), which extends WebSphere Portlet Factory (WPF) with a set of dashboarding capabilities, including my favourite - the Summary and Drilldown builder.
I went to the software catalogue, and searched for WebSphere Dashboard Framework. This returned: -
IBM WebSphere Dashboard Framework 6.1 Multiplatform Multilingual eAssembly (CR5PMML)
which contained: -
IBM WebSphere Dashboard Framework 6.1 Multiplatform Multilingual (C13T6ML)
Date posted 30-Jun-2008
IBM WebSphere Dashboard Framework 6.1 Linux Installer Multilingual (C1J1FML)
Date posted 03-Jul-2008
and downloaded the latter as C1J1FML.zip.
It's worth noting that the Linux version is way smaller than its Windows counterpart, because IBM does not package Eclipse or WebSphere Application Server Community Edition with the Linux download.
Therefore, I needed to download and install Eclipse 3.3.2 before proceeding.
I made a few mistakes here; I used Synaptic Package Manager which installed a slimmed down version of Eclipse, which didn't include the necessary Java development tools.
In the end, I downloaded: -
from here: -
I then extracted Eclipse into /opt/eclipse: -
tar -xvzf eclipse-jee-europa-winter-linux-gtk.tar.gz
Once this was done, I extracted the WDF ZIP file into /tmp to find two files: -
The .bin file should be an executable file - in my case, ls -al WDF.bin returns: -
-rw-r--r-- 1 hayd hayd 219263608 2008-06-22 22:59 WDF.bin
which meant that I had to change the file attributes to make it so: -
chmod +x WDF.bin
ls -al WDF.bin
-rwxr-xr-x 1 hayd hayd 219263608 2008-06-22 22:59 WDF.bin
before I could execute it: -
Preparing to install...
Extracting the JRE from the installer archive...
Unpacking the JRE...
Extracting the installation resources from the installer archive...
Configuring the installer for this system's environment...
The GUI installer is pretty simple, and merely asks for two locations; one for WPF ( /opt/IBM/WebSpherePortletFactory ) and one for Eclipse ( /opt/eclipse ).
I've taken screenshots of these, and will upload them when I get some time.
Having completed the installation, I was able to use WPF/WDF to create a project, model etc.
My next challenge is to install WAS CE or similar as a J2EE runtime/test environment.
More to follow ...........