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mrc-Productivity Series now generates portlets

mrc-Productivity Series now generates portlets


mrc announced that its application development tool, the mrc-Productivity Series, now generates portlet applications. The first question that likely comes to mind is, what's a portlet?

If you've ever seen an active portal, portlets are the various applications you can select from to add to or delete from your portal, and re-size or move around. This new feature gives mrc users the benefit of being able to customize their respective intranet or portal views on a one-to one basis. Users can pick and choose the portlet applications relevant to them individually.

mrc's Director of Business Development, Sal Stangarone, states, "It was only natural that our Java servlet technology be extended to this new exciting Web architecture—portlets. Portals provide an extremely useful interface for viewing corporate information, and our customers have demonstrated a keen interest in this technology."

The process for building portlets within the mrc-Productivity Series is the same for users generating Java servlets. The mrc-Productivity Series generates all of the necessary pieces: Java source code, DB logic, the presentation layer (HTML), and a portlet JSP. Then, the Java servlet is simply deployed to the application server, and the portlet is registered to the portal.

The tool generates portlets compliant with portlet specification JSR-168 and can be used with any portal that supports it. While the standard itself is relatively new, nearly all major portal suppliers have pledged support for this standard.

This latest enhancement is available to current mrc-Productivity Series customers free of charge.

About mrc
mrc, ltd (michaels, ross & cole, ltd), a long-time IBM Business Partner has been producing award-winning development software since 1981.

The company's flagship product, the mrc-Productivity Series BED, gives IT departments the ability to rapidly create custom Web applications including reports, intranets & extranets. mrc recently announced its move to open platform solutions, which means mrc users can now easily create cross-platform applications, including those involving packaged software, and disparate databases.

mrc also produces mrc-Lightning CE, a development software tool patterned after the mrc-Productivity Series, and streamlined for specific Web applications.

For more information,, or contact mrc at 1920 South Highland Street, Suite 203, Lombard, IL 60148; via phone at 630.916.0662; via fax at 630.916.0663; via e-mail at

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