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WebSphere Portal internalizes the REST Style

  • Programmability in the web sense was immediately enabled, the portal became a composable platform and we were able to layer the Lotus Workplace offering on top of it.
  • URIs give visibility to intermediaries and so things like caching (where we had cool technologies like Dynacache) were far more easily enabled.
  • Similarly for logging and profiling the portal, we could use the same tools for processing logs as exist for regular web servers like Apache.
  • We had new opportunities for pipelining and filter chains (to do transcoding if needed).
  • We had more options for load balancing, we could decide to deal with remote portlets through iframe invocation rather than through immature and complex protocols like WSRP. And so on...