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Why are we creating yet another poll/survey JSR168 portlet for IBM WebSphere Portal?

Posted by Vivek Agarwal on December 14, 2007


Do we not have enough poll and/or survey portlets in the “IBM WebSphere Portal Solutions Catalog” that we (Xtivia) need to go create yet another implementation? Obviously the answer from my perspective is that at least one more is needed by the world! 🙂 The first and foremost reason for creating yet another poll portlet (YAPP) is that none of the existing ones are free – and I like free here!  Also, the team and I  wanted to have some fun building a potentially useful portlet that is generic in nature. So here we go launching the development of a polls/survey portlet that has full multi-lingual support, polls or surveys with multiple questions, multiple question types including multiple choice questions with radio buttons, checkboxes, and drop-downs, questions with simple text entry responses, rating type questions (similar to Netflix Start rating model) and more. We will be looking to determine our distribution model for this portlet but I do expect to live up to the essential requirement of it being PRICE=FREE! I hope to share information about this development effort as the team makes progress – keep in mind though that this portlet will see functionality being built in phases over time as the team can make time for the development. I expect us to have the first version of this portlet ready by end January with a subset of the eventual functionality. And if you are interested in getting this portlet before our distribution model is ironed out, feel free to reach out to me!

September 8, 2008 Update: I apologize for this but after months of internal wrangling I still have not been able to work out the model for sharing this portlet, and being swamped with client facing work, I have had to pull the plug on sharing this portlet for now. I will revisit this when I can make some time.

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