I just started a new job. We are moving large mainframe
application Unix servers, rewriting whole thing in J2EE.
I am in the GUI group, they are planning to use JSF+AJAX and
I have no JSF, no portlets, no WebSphere portal and little
AJAX experience, beginner in Flex.
[but do have 5 yrs of Swing + 6 yrs of
I am trying hard to convince them to use Flex instead of
They have a few doubts:
1) Does Flex work with portals/portlets ?
I was able to find Coenraets' article:
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flex/articles/flex_portals_print.html but it seems to be based or written in 2004 [Flex1 ?]
And somehow it doesn't even mention FlexDS.
I have seen short discussion about portal support in LCDS
So do I have to use LCDS for that or not ?
2) Architect here is very concerned that Flex won't work in
clustered WebSphere Portal 6 environment,
especially in session management area:
"Is Is Flex able to run within a clustered environment?
The answer is sorta, we know it will render in a cluster
environment, BUT do we have session failover capabilities with it?
a. Scenario A, we are entering data on Form 2 of 5 on
Server1 in a clustered environment with two servers(Server1,
b. Server 1, crashes b/c somebody tripped over the power
c. WebSphere will failover any session info we have, how
will the Flex application react?
i. Will it continue where we left off? On Form 2 of 5 or
start back at Form 1 of 5?
ii. Will it just restart itself from point a within the
And again, do we need LCDS for that or not ?
3) Any Portlet - Flex samples with the source code ?
4) Any good article on JSF+AJAX vs. Flex ? [it will be in the
browser, not AIR yet]
Could you please shed some light on these issues ?