Saturday, 15 November 2008

Cracked It - Web Application Integrator Portlet and WebSphere Portal 6.1

I'd tried, and struggled, to get the Web Application Integrator portlet working within WebSphere Portal 6.1.

I had previously blogged about this whizzy little portlet, when I had it working with WebSphere Portal 6.0, but thought I'd hit a bug feature with the new version of Portal.

The last few times out, I was able to deploy the portlet without huge problems, created the URL link against the external page/site, generated the JavaScript tag, added it to the external page and ... nowt. I was able to access the URL as a new portal page, but there was no portal navigation presented.

I re-read the documentation, re-read a few wiki posts ( here and here ) and, eventually after patience, tea and biscuits, I got it working.

The trick was to add the the JavaScript tag immediately after the BODY tag.

I can now use the WAI portlet to integrate other applications, such as Lotus Connections and Lotus Quickr.

2 comments:

Jenson said...

Hi,

We also tried using the WAI but found that it doesn't work when used below the first level of portal's page navigation. For example, if I want to integrate with Quickr I might want to put the portlet on a page such as Applications > Collaboration > Quickr. This doesn't work because it screws up the portal navigation.

I created a PMR and IBM confirmed this limitation. They wouldn't call it a defect because they said it was never a requirement for the WAI to work below the top level of navigation. :(

Have you encountered this? Are you ok with simply integrating in the top level of navigation?

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,
Justin

Dave Hay said...

Hi Justin, until I read your comment, I had not tried this specifically. It does work e.g. I can render a WAI page at the second level, but I do lose the left-hand navigation option. I'll play further, but this may well be a limitation, regards, Dave