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SAP iViews: Portal Components in Java

With Eclipse and the SAP Portal Development Kit, you can build and deploy enterprise portlet applications for the SAP Enterprise Portal.


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he Enterprise Portal (EP) is SAP's corporate portal application that runs primarily on its own J2EE-certified Web application server. Java iViews, the portal components (or portlets) in SAP, deliver business content to the portal user via integrated views of backend systems. Figure 1 depicts the SAP EP populated with a collection of business content.

Figure 1: The SAP Enterprise Portal with Java iViews

Obviously, the EP supports access to SAP's own enterprise applications, but iViews can also deliver content from other, third-party systems and remote databases. This article introduces the development platform for SAP's Java iViews and demonstrates some of the key technologies to render data from both SAP and non-SAP systems.

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