Adding IBM HTTP Server (IHS) to IBM WebSphere Portal

IBM WebSphere Portal and Web Content Manager V.Next Beta

Cross-version syndication available for for IBM WCM version 7.0.0.2 and version 8.0.0.1

WordPress Logo on a Fat ManIn the fight to manage weight, I’m willing to do whatever it takes – like publishing my weight in order to amplify the shame I feel when I gain. I wanted to represent my weight visually with a nice Google Chart, but I struggled to get the JavaScript to work; WordPress automatically inserts HTML paragraph tags, which are illegal within a JavaScript block. Seeking to solve this problem, I learned three interesting things I wanted to share. Continue Reading…

factor-y_logo_secondlifeA number of useful rendering and utility plug-ins for WCM were released with IBM WebSphere Portal 8. They provide a handful of custom tags that allow you to do a number of interesting things in WCM. Even though WCM rendering plug-in capability was introduced in Portal 7, the new utility plug-ins only appeared with Portal 8. Luckily, there is now a forward-compatible option for those of you who are still on Portal 7 in a newly open-sourced package from my friends at Factor-y. Continue Reading…

IBM Rational Application Developer Iconloper icon by ricksoft d4yfiutI was the guy in middle school who raised his hand in class just to point out a spot on the chalkboard missed by the teacher’s eraser. Little things like that don’t bother most people, but for me, they stand out like a turd in a punch bowl. If I’m writing in ink and I scratch out just one word in my notebook, I want to rip out the whole damn page. You know what I mean? Then you probably feel the same about those squiggly red lines in the editor of your Rational or Eclipse-based IDE. They’re supposed to indicate misspelled words, which is totally useful, but when they flag words that are actually spelled correctly, it annoys me to all hell. For those who share this compulsive dread, I’ve found a cure… Continue Reading…

Developing RDF Applications for IBM Data Servers (812 KB PDF)

My buddy, Dave Hay, just posted a deck on SlideShare that I thought was kind of interesting. Evidently, some information returned in HTTP headers may be seen as a potential security risk. In this presentation, Dave provides a solution for suppressing headers such as the “Server” header from both WebSphere Application Server and IBM HTTP Server. The implied rationale is that such information about your environment might be information that would-be hackers could leverage. If they don’t need to know, why provide it – right? I can see the logic…

IBM WCM – API Development Best Practices (2.6 MB PDF)

IBM Web Content Manager Version 8.0 e-book (8.9 MB PDF)