Portal scripting interface that enhances the possibilities for automated solution deployment and administration of the portal. The Portal Scripting Interface allows you to create scripts that portal administrators can use to perform administrative tasks from a command line.
The Portal Scripting Interface allows portal solution development teams to write scripts that are later executed by operation teams for solution deployment. These scripts have the same functionality as the portal administration user interface. This allows you to implement automated configuration management for various kinds of configuration changes.
Scripts can help you split the administrative workload between solution development and solution operation teams. Even if the solution development teams cannot work interactively with the productions system, they can apply the same administrative actions through the use of scripts. At the same time, the use of scripts enhances availability and quality of the solution as developers can write and test the scripts without interfering with the production system. Scripts provide repeatability and avoid user errors that are likely in manual administration procedures.
Advantage of Portal scripting over XML access
- Different development teams can work on related portal updates without interfering with each other's work.
- Different administrative teams can perform the tasks of developing a solution, and deploying and operating that solution for production. These teams can be within the same organization (for example in the same enterprise), or in independent companies, such as independent solution centers for the operation. In a typical scenario, the solution development team may have in-depth knowledge about the software solution internals, the operation is focused on the external characteristics of the solution. The operation solution team can receive the solution from the development team as a black box that can be operated without much knowledge of the solution internals. This allows enterprises to use automated solution deployment and distributed staging processes.
In this regard the portal scripting interface goes beyond the XML configuration interface that has been provided by WebSphere Portal for several releases now. The XML configuration interface does not allow for easy separation of distributed portal administration.
You can use the portal scripting interface for staging and integration of new releases A new release can be developed and tested on a test system and can then be integrated into the production system while the system is running.
Interactive portal administrative tasks do not require a Web browser.