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Oracle Application Server Portal Handbook by Chris Ostrowski

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Portlets

What is a portlet? Oracle’s definition is that they are "reusable building blocks for easily publishing information and applications." You can think of a portlet as a small application that performs a specific function. Portlets are then placed and arranged on a page so that the end user can interact with them. Portlets can be forms, reports, graphs, links to other Web sites, ad hoc query tools—the list goes on and on. All portlets come from a data source registered within OracleAS Portal, called a portlet provider. You can use OracleAS Portal’s wizards to easily create reports, forms, charts, and other types of dynamic components or even publish pages, navigation pages, and other OracleAS Portal components as portlets. You can also ...

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