Getting to grips with Oracle WebCenter Portal

I have the task of getting to grips with Oracle WebCenter Portal applications. The product I am working on provides a number of customisations to “WebCenter Portal: Spaces” that have since been rebranded as “WebCenter Portals” from version 11.1.1.8 onwards.

To get up an running the quickly I came across a VirtualBox image for another Oracle product, however, that VM is configurable to start up a WebCenter Spaces server with JDeveloper pre-installed which is exactly what I needed.

Using the Oracle VM I am progressing through the tutorials on Oracle Fusion Middleware. The VM is based on the 11.1.1.6 code, so I am sticking with those tutorials for now.

Tutorial 1
This tutorial introduces the WebCenter Portal. Using JDeveloper it shows how to create a new Portal application and how to deliver content from the UCM server. Topics covered are initial setup, creating a new portal, adding pages, customising the look of those pages by introducing page templates and skins.

Tutorial 2
This tutorial looks like the most suitable next step for anyone developing new custom portal/portal producer applications. It builds upon the previous tutorial and explains in much more detail the concepts and technology behind the scenes.

Tutorial 3
This tutorial looks more like a tutorial for front end administration of WebCenter Portals. It seems to cover page template customisations, skinning (CSS), building new pages and wiring them together.

This blog, certainly in the short term will contain posts on any parts of these tutorials that weren’t obvious to me, or tips on using the VM in these tutorials to help anyone else get to grips with this stack.

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