Saturday, November 29, 2008

jboss 4.2 or tomcat 5.5 - start with liferay

Hi all,

about one year ago I decided to start with some websites.
As I have a Java background I decided to go for an open source cms or portal. Actually a portal seemed to be more promising as I wanted to have all possibilities for future extensions of my web sites.

Enhancements should be possible without major effort. So the portlet approach seemed good. After some research I decided in favor of the liferay open source portal.

In this blog I want to share my experiences with you.

The first decision here was the underlying application server. In spite the fact that tomcat seemed to be the more popular installation I went for JBoss - as I wanted a full J2EE server. I still don't fully understand the "big" benefit. :)

Looking back I might questions that decision - I think starting with tomcat would have saved my some headaches - as this combination is just more popular and therefore a bit closer to the documentation - and especially has more feedback in the forums


  1. Hi,

    I am new to this group. I am curently trying to work with liferay+jboss seam/jsf portlets.

    Could you please upload or send the sample code for creating the portlets?


  2. Hi laks,


    How where your first tries? Sorry for the late answer - I was a bit busy with other things.

    Did you check out They have pretty good example portlets.

    Here is a seam portlet for example - I didn't try that though:

    What I remember from setting up JSF with JBoss/Liferay:
    It was really a big mess to find the right version mix (Sun vs. MyFaces, JSP vs Facelets, 1.1 vs 1.2)
    I had a table once - if there is big need I might make a Blog-Post about that. :)


I'm happy about every feedback! :)