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Differences between WebSphere Portal and SAP EP

I am an experienced WebSphere Portal (WPS) developer, and I am trying to port a portlet (WPS's equivalent of an iView) to SAP Enterprise Portal. I am slightly confused about pieces of the API in EP.

In WPS, there are two objects that allow a developer to store persistent configuration data related to a portlet. One object (PortletData) can store personalization data that is user specific. The other object (PortletSettings) can store configuration data that is portlet specific. In WPS, only users with the Administrator role can modify the portlet specific configuration data. Thus, it is possible to store settings that effect only the user it was set for (like the user's favorite color) in the user centric object, and settings that should effect all portlets (such as back-end system connectivity settings ) in the configuration specific object.

Is there an equivalent mechanism in SAP EP 6.0? In other words, is an iView's profile user specific (does each user have a profile), or iView specific (settings that effect all users of the iView)?

Do I want to store user specific personalizaton data using the User Mapping API, or is that specifically for user credentials (Note: I'm working with EP 6.0)?

Also, in WPS it is possible to have the Portal Runtime notify a portlet (iView) that a user has logged in to the portal, or that a user has logged out of the portal. Is there a similar mechanism in SAP EP 6.0?

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    Posted on Apr 01, 2004 at 07:53 PM

    I answered my first question on my own after much research. The equivalent to <b>PortletData</b> is <b>IPortalComponentContext</b> and the equvalnt to <b>PortletSettings</b> is <b>IPortalComponentProfile</b>. It should be noted, however, that IPortalComponentContext cannot be relied on for storing persistent user data. The context can be refreshed, or wiped clean rather easily. From what I've seen so far, such a mechanism does not natively exist in EP, other than user credentials.

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