Version 5.5 lets developers snap together a set of builders to gain advanced functionality instead of having to learn a new set of APIs for portlet development, according to Bowstreet director of product management Dee Zepf.
"Now you can really create robust portlets, and allow for portlet-to-portlet communion without having to write any code. We have builders that you can snap together that allow interaction between portlets," Zepf said.
"Bowstreet [Portlet Factory] gives IBM a way to bridge the super technical side of development [in WebSphere] with the business user side of development and have an in-between kind of solution," said Forrester Research analyst Nate Root.
"The Bowstreet plus WebSphere [combination] is not a business user development tool, but it will let IT [developers] work faster, specifically saving a lot of time in the ongoing maintenance and change management of portlets."
Another feature in Version 5.5, the Portlet Wizard, is designed to help developers use J2EE technology to rapidly create custom portlets from a variety of data sources and legacy applications, according to Bowstreet officials.
"[The] Portlet Wizard lets you walk through a set of steps and create a portlet based on a wizard by pointing at a Web service or a database," Zepf said. "The applications that are created using our wizard can be modified easily."
Portlet Factory also features enhanced Web services capabilities through Bowstreet's continuing participation in the WS-I (Web Services Interoperability Organisation).
Version 5.5 includes improvements in interoperability with other Web services products and a new service call builder that lets developers change what service the application is calling at run time, allowing the application to adapt easily to service call changes, according to Zepf.
Bowstreet Portlet Factory 5.5 is available now for a free 60-day trial.