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Ken Ramirez

Ken Ramirez has 18 years of experience providing development services, consulting, and training to companies (both large and small) throughout the United States. He consults in various market industries, including finance, insurance, computer-aided design, community portals, automobile, and much more. Ken's Java expertise includes J2EE, XML, portals, UML, and many open source technologies. You can view his weblog at


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Portlets and Servlets

Posted by ken_ramirez on February 15, 2005 at 7:41 AM PST

Although in most cases, portlets and the underlying portlet container ride on top of a servlet container, there are some differences between the two.

My IoC Article

Posted by ken_ramirez on February 11, 2005 at 1:43 PM PST

I got be honest, when I first received the e-mail from Howard and I read his blog entry, which you can read at:

I wasn't too pleased to show the readers what he had to say.

This month's tip

Posted by ken_ramirez on January 5, 2005 at 10:32 AM PST

Although this month's tip is entitled, "Internalizing Your Portlets", you can use resource bundles for non-internalized portlets.

Why would you want to? Well, for one, it would give you a central place to put all of your messages. Two, you can be assured that you don't have similar yet different messages in your application.

Part 2 of the Portlet Article is now available on's JDJ site

Posted by ken_ramirez on December 9, 2004 at 12:32 PM PST

Just noticed today that the second part to the JSR-168 portlet article is available at sys-con's JDJ site.

Passing parameters from the Action method to the Render method

Posted by ken_ramirez on December 7, 2004 at 2:12 PM PST

When a user submits data to a portlet (whether in a form, or parameters added to the end of an HTTP request), these values are normally passed to the target action method.

The question is, how do you pass them on to the render method or a JSP? Head on over to the portlet community to find out more.

Moved my blog to

Posted by ken_ramirez on December 2, 2004 at 9:17 AM PST

It's official. I am now going to be hosting my blog on :-)

I am very happy to be here and hope to contribute as much as possible to the various communities.

Also, I am going to be maintaining the "Community Tips" section for the Portlet community on and am also thrilled about that opportunity.

Portlet Filters

Posted by ken_ramirez on November 28, 2004 at 9:03 AM PST

Someone sent me an e-mail tonight wondering if I knew what Portlet filters would be like when they are finally defined in the JSR, and I'd like to share the question along with the answer I provided them with.

First, the question:

>read your article, very interesting indeed.

Portal Software Poll

Posted by ken_ramirez on November 17, 2004 at 9:00 AM PST

I just recently learned of a site that is currently hosting a Portal Software Poll to determine what the market share of each Portal platform happens to be.

Portals and Portlets article part 1

Posted by ken_ramirez on November 17, 2004 at 8:57 AM PST

Just thought the community might want to keep tabs on the latest regarding Portals and Portlets.

A Thinner/Slimmer Java

Posted by ken_ramirez on October 29, 2004 at 8:51 AM PDT

In my current project, there are several new solutions to some old patterns and there are also several new patterns, which were created to provide better performance and efficiency for the system. In this blog, I will attempt to provide you with information regarding each of the following patterns.