About the exercises
This tutorial provides two exercises that give you complete end-to-end experience from development to production. The exercises have been designed so you can execute them independently of one another. You could proceed straight to Exercise 2 if you only want to learn about WebSphere Portal administrative tasks.
In Exercise 1, you take the role of a developer to develop and test a portlet, called MyFirstPortlet, that is expected to have the look and feel shown in Figure 4. The portlet will have a form with two text boxes and a submit button. In the first text box, users are asked to enter their name. In the second text box, users are asked to enter a special greeting to a special someone. Upon clicking Submit, the greeting will be printed on the portlet page.
You will develop the portlet using Rational Application Developer and test the portlet using Rational Application Developer's WebSphere Portal Test Environment.
Figure 4. Look and feel of MyFirstPortlet
In Exercise 2, you take the role of the WebSphere Portal administrator to put MyFirstPortlet live in a production environment. You will first install MyFirstPortlet in WebSphere Portal, then customize the look and feel of the portlet. Finally, you will grant permission to a new user to use the portlet.