Getting started with JBoss Portlet Bridge
JBoss Portlet Bridge not only gives you the ability to run JSF web applications in a portlet, but also gives you
the benefit of running supported JBoss frameworks like Seam and RichFaces.
Bridge Frameworks and Extensions
The JBoss Portlet Bridge currently supports JBoss Portal, JSF 1.2, JBoss Seam, and JBoss Richfaces. There are
configurations that apply to supporting each framework. See section for instructions.
The JBoss Portlet Bridge project is also actively developing extensions, or Bridgelets, that enhance or bring together features of JBoss Portal, Seam, and Richfaces.
For example, the PortalIdentity seam component allows you to drop the jar in your classpath and you instantly have
SSO between Seam and Portal. This extension can also be configured with additional attributes in your Seam application's
Don't forget that the bridge is still in Beta and so are any extensions. If you would like to contribute to
any part of this project, we encourage you to be active on the user forum and bring issues/enhancements to attention.
Before you start
Current version and compatibilty information can be easily located on the
JBPB wiki. Ensure you are using compatible
versions of all integrated frameworks before you begin.
JBoss Portal provides it's latest distribution included in JBoss Application Server. All of the guesswork has been
eliminated so that you can unzip and run Portal with a few clicks.
Get the latest here (ensure you choose
the JBoss Portal + JBoss AS link)
Next, all that's left is to download the JBoss Portlet
Bridge distribution and cofigure your portlet to use the bridge. Or, you can
run a provided archetype and deploy the generated war in a few easy steps. This will
also give you an empty project to play around with or start from scratch.
For system requirements and setting up your JBoss Portal environment see the
The JBPB project utilizes
which allow you get up and running with different flavors of the bridge quickly.
Single Sign On
By inlcuding the following dependency in your web pom, you will automatically have SSO
between Jboss Portal and your Seam 2.0.x application.
Richfaces does not account for multiple components on the same portal page by default. This bridgelet
Running the Examples
JSF 1.2 Basic, RichFaces Basic, Seam Basic, and other demos
Each example application is configured to download the latest versions of JBoss Portal bundled with
JBoss Application Server. After running the archetype or
downloading the source code for the
example application that you're interested in, you can run one of the following Maven profiles to save time
and get everything up and running with only 2 commands.
JBoss Portal 2.7.0.GA + JBoss AS 4.2.2 (Bundled)
For more commands, view the README.txt in each project.
Time Saving Tips
If you plan on using the cargo profiles to do active development, you can save alot of time by not downloading the
bundle each time you do a clean install. To use a locally configured server bundled with portal, use the following command line parameters. The variable for JBOSS_HOME_DIR is related to how you zip the server directory. If you zip the files
under JBOSS_HOME/* then it will only be the name of your archive. But if you zip the actual folder JBOSS_HOME then
JBOSS_HOME_DIR must be defined as 'zip file name/JBOSS_HOME folder name'.
JBoss Portal 2.7.0.GA
JSF 1.2 Basic
Seam Basic (Modular EAR)