by Mitchell Palski
Configuring your development environment to download assets from Oracle WebCenter Portal and upload them to Oracle JDeveloper for maintenance or enhancement.
Oracle WebCenter Portal's round-trip development features provide a simple, convenient way to create and modify Oracle WebCenter Portal assets without redeploying the entire application. Round-trip development refers to features and techniques that allow you to download assets from Oracle WebCenter Portal and upload them to Oracle JDeveloper for maintenance or enhancement. Once an asset has been modified, you can upload it back to Oracle WebCenter Portal for immediate use or for testing.
In this article you will learn how to set up your development environment for Oracle WebCenter 188.8.131.52.
Examples in this article use an environment that has Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle WebCenter Portal, and Oracle WebCenter Content installed and running.
The installation of Oracle JDeveloper occurs on a laptop with Windows 7 OS.
To learn more about building assets, read the appropriate chapters in the Oracle WebCenter Documentation:
Sometimes, you may want to create a backup copy of a portal asset. For instance, it would be wise to back up a portal asset before uploading a new version of it in case your development causes unintended results.
Portal resources are saved as EAR files. To save a copy of a portal asset, follow these steps:
To restore your backup copy of the resource, simply return to the Administration interface and use the Upload button to import the backup EAR file that you downloaded (Figure 16).
When replacing a copy of the asset that has already been edited in JDeveloper:
Out-of-the-box, Oracle WebCenter Portal provides tools knowledge workers and developers with the tools to quickly and easily create portals, intranets, extranets, and self-service applications that offer users a more effective and efficient way to access and interact with information, business applications, and process. Oracle WebCenter Portal can be customized using browser-based tools and JDeveloper.
JDeveloper can be used to develop components that can be deployed and used in Oracle WebCenter Portal. Components can be ADF task flows, data controls,managed beans, and such other assets as skins, page styles, task flow styles, page templates, content-present display templates, navigations, and resource catalogs.
Enabling direct upload/download between JDeveloper and Oracle WebCenter Portal makes iterative asset development quicker and easier for your development team.
By leveraging the indirect process of downloading a portal asset as an EAR file, development teams can back up portal assets before deploying a new version to their environment.