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Oracle Webcenter 11g Ps3 Administration Cookbook
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on 2 October 2011
What's Portal Application?

A portal can be thought of as an aggregator of content and applications or a single point of entry to a user's set of tools and applications. It is a web-based application that is customizable by the end-user both in the look and feel of the portal and in the available content and applications which the portal contains.

The key elements of portals include:

* Page hierarchy
* Navigation
* Delegated administration and other security features
* Runtime customization and personalization.

To design a successful enterprise web portal is hard, but getting easier and more practical with Oracle WebCenter which is built on top of Oracle ADF technology. As an enterprise portal, security is extremely important. Unauthorized people should never get access, and different groups may have different permissions. Customers, partners and employees should be able to use a single login to access all relevant information and applications.

The Book

To design, test, deploy, and maintain a successful web portal is nontrivial to say the least. Therefore, a cookbook like Oracle WebCenter 11g PS3 Administration Cookbook is needed. In fourteen chapters, it provides over a hundred step-by-step recipes that help the reader through a wide variety of tasks ranging from portal and portlet creation to securing, supporting, managing, and administering Oracle WebCenter.

In the book, it covers many new features introduced by the 11g R1 Patch Set 3 version of the Oracle WebCenter product. It also touches upon all three components in the WebCenter product stack: WebCenter Framework, WebCenter Services, and WebCenter Spaces and roughly in that order. Besides important topics such as customization and security , it also discuss the analytics aspect of the product (i.e., Activity Graph).
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on 6 September 2011
The Oracle WebCenter 11g PS3 Administration Cookbook is hands down the best practical WebCenter book out there covering the radically new features introduced by the 11g R1 Patch Set 3 version of the product. In 14 chapters it provides 100+ step-by-step recipes that help the reader through a wide variety of tasks, ranging from portal and portlet creation through content integration, all the way to security. The book covers many of the collaboration services of WebCenter as well, including discussions, wikis, polls, tagging, and search. If you're interested in WebCenter Spaces, the book offers a dozen or so recipes including space creation, sub-space management, lists, as well as spaces life cycle.

As one of the most knowledgable and definitely the most active member of the WebCenter community, Yannick Ongena writes in an accurate and easy to follow language. While the title of the book suggests that it was written more of as a cookbook that you turn to when you're about to prepare a new "WebCenter dish", it is an ideal reading for newcomers to learn the product. The book comes with the source code of the samples.

While overall very impressed by the book, one minor complaint: I find the word "Administration" somewhat confusing in the title. The book covers many-many aspects of the product, from the IDE-based development through runtime evolution of the portal, to administration. Let the title not mislead you: if you're a WebCenter Portal developer, power user, or even business user, you'll definitely enjoy the book too.

Peter Moskovits - Oracle WebCenter Portal Product Management
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