Packt Publishing recently published a book on JBoss Portal; the book, titled JBoss Portal Server Development, is written by Ramanujam Rao - a JavaEE architect who currently works for Nationwide. Packt sent me a copy and asked that I write a review of the book, which I plan on doing in the next few weeks.
Until then, Packt has made available a sample chapter of the book - JBoss Portal Server Development, Chapter 6: Portals and AJAX (download the sample chapter at: http://www.packtpub.com/files/jboss-portal-server-development-sample-chapter-6-portals-and-ajax.pdf).
In the sample chapter, Rao discusses the basics of AJAX in the Portal environment, describing the enhancements for asynchronous communication JSR286 brings to the table. He also provides some basic code examples implementing a portlet with AJAX functionality, in addition to describing JBoss Portal’s out of the box AJAX support (drag and drop, partial page refreshing, etc.).
I’m excited about the book, because I think it’s one of the first on JBoss Portal, which speaks to the products coming maturity and will give it some clout to compete with the other portal vendors. I’m sure the folks at JBoss Mass would agree.
At first glance, the book appears to be a solid companion to the jboss.org documentation, adding an additional level of architectural guidance; it’s a great addition to the bookshelf if you’ll be working with JBoss Portal.