Hands On Time! – WebCenter Portal Tools part 1

When it comes to Portal I’m not a big fan of using Portlets, don’t get me wrong they are great but they can get messy if you’re not careful enough, whenever I can I prefer to use ADF TaskFlows….. yes yes I know they are made for different things and Yannick Ongena has a good article about it.  But the portlets that WebCenter bundles are really useful if you know how to use them. Let’s start with “Portal Tools”:

Web Clipping Producer

Is a publishing portlet that enables you to integrate any web application with applications built using Oracle WebCenter.


  1. JDeveloper with WebCenter Extension. I’m using (
  2. Demo WebCenter Portal Framework Application

You don’t have to install a full WebCenter environment to work with this, we’ll make use of the one integrated in JDeveloper: 1. Start your integrated WebLogic Server 2014-03-02_2356 2. Deploy PortalTools Portlet Producer 2014-03-02_2153 2014-03-03_0228

3. Create a new Oracle PDK-Java Producer connection:


2014-03-03_0238 2014-03-03_0241 2014-03-03_0242


4. Drag and Drop the portlet to your page. In my case I’m using home.jspx.
NOTE: You can use the portlet as many times as you want inside the page.


5. Run your Portal,  Login and go to your page:


6. Edit the Portlet:


7. Now the interesting part, select the site where you would like to take your “Mash-ups” from, in this example I’m using Oracle – WebCenter : http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/middleware/webcenter/suite/overview/index.html



8. Repeat this procedure for all the portlets:


NOTE: You can add more WebClipping Portlets in run time with Composer.


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