What’s the best way to find out XYZ about Plumtree?

I get asked this question — or some variant of it — all the time. Unlike almost everything else known to mankind, the answer is not: search Google. Instead, the best thing you can do is register for an account on portal.plumtree.com. Perhaps it’s to protect the paradoxical proprietary yet “radically open” nature of the Plumtree product line (more on this later); perhaps it’s just part of the “eat your own dog food” culture of the company (Plumtree uses its own Collaboration Server on the site) – regardless, even though there are two Google groups about Plumtree, the best – and really the only – way to get your questions answered is to post them on the Developer Forum inside the Plumtree Portal. (There is also a Deployment Forum, but it’s not as well trafficked.) My account name there is “bucchere” – as you can see, I’m not terribly creative at naming companies or accounts. If you’re interested in reading some of my musings and rants on various Plumtree-related topics, log in there and do a search across the Developer Forums for “bucchere.”

One thing about me – and really about everyone who works for bdg – we certainly don’t always know the answer, but we know who knows the answer. So, I guess you could always ask one of us. But not until you’ve already checked the Developer Forums, okay? 🙂

5 Replies to “What’s the best way to find out XYZ about Plumtree?”

  1. I think I understand a little better, but still not fully. To create a portlet in Plumtree, you need to create three objects in the Admin UI: 1) a Remote Server, 2) a Web Service and 3) a Portlet.

    The remote server contains the beginning of the URL (e.g. http://myserver/mycontext) and the web service contains the rest of the URL (e.g. myfolder/myjsp.jsp). Together, the RS and WS settings make up the URL for the portlet.

    One solution would be to copy your URLs out of your custom database and into the Plumtree UI. Another would be to write a single portlet that queries your database and figures out which URL to load based on a querystring parameter or something like that.

    I’m just throwing ideas out there because I’m still not 100% sure if I understand what you’re trying to do.

  2. I am sorry , I rephrase my question for better understanding…
    i have got the UUID of portlets..these portlets are meant to show up a subsite which has number of jsps.
    These jsps reside ina source location on my local machine(as of now,tehse will be migrated to the content holder in the production environment).
    What i need is that one portlet should map to one specific folder on my location machine. I need to do it using plumtree server api or edk. Also I could not find out how to do thsi specific setting for teh portlets using GUI?
    And the names of folders are there in database..(This is out of context at this point of time for portlet preference setting).

  3. Forgive me, but I’ve afraid I don’t understand the question. What’s a directory in terms of a database? AFAIK, databases only have tables, views, indexes, etc.

    Also, what’s the “serve api?” Are you referring to the Plumtree Server API? If so, you shouldn’t need it to set a Plumtree preference or to insert records into a database.

    If you could explain what you’re trying to do again, maybe we can help.

  4. I am trying to map a portlet (set preference) to a directory in database where I am setting key as portlet id and sending directory name…how to do this with serve api??

  5. What is the bestway to embed flash in a Plumtree portlet ? I am trying
    to embed flash that commmunicates with a backend database ? Are there any gateway issues ?


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