Sun updates portal server for 'Web 2.0'

Sun Microsystems Inc. announced on Thursday a new version of Java System Portal Server that will allow developers to offer collaborative and identity-based content through Web-based applications. The portal can be downloaded for free and used with Java Enterprise System, Solaris Enterprise System and Java Application Platform Suite.

Developers using the new portal server can build community portals that include collaborative content such as RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds, blogs and wikis, Sun said.

The portal server also includes new self-service enhancements aimed at offering more control to users and requiring less development time, thus freeing up IT resources, Sun said. Those enhancements include administration features that enable users to manage page layouts, reset passwords and let nontechnical users manage some portal functions. The portal server also includes support for service oriented architectures (SOAs), enabling drag-and-drop portlet development using Sun Java Studio Creator, Sun said.

Thursday's announcement follows one earlier this week that Sun is incorporating its open-source Java DB database, the Sun-supported version of the Apache Derby Project, into the new version of Java System Portal Server.

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