eXo Platform 3.0 Offers Social Features Plus Custom REST API BuildersThere's a lot of activity in the open source portal space lately. Today eXo (news, site) released eXo Platform 3.0, the latest version of their Java-based enterprise portal offering. Let's take a look at what it has to offer.

What Is eXo Platform?

The eXo Platform product is a Java-based enterprise content management, collaboration, social and portal tool architected on the GateIn (news, site) portal framework with a rich UI. Aimed at Java developers who are cobbling together "best of breed' software to pull in content management, collaboration or social features into their own Java offerings, the platform leverages REST services, Groovy, JavaScript, mashups and gadgets.

Key features co-developed with Red Hat (news, site) for GateIn include access control and single sign-on.

What's New

The top three new features of eXo Platform 3.0 are:

  • Social intranet features that, like Facebook (news, site), present an activity stream but around business activities such as uploading a new file to the document repository
  • A Java-based CMIS-compliant document repository shared by intranets, extranets and internets
  • Tools that allow you to build REST APIs on the fly and make them immediately available

Version 3.0 also supports the OpenSocial API and related gadgets, in-context editing while browsing content (view a page and double-click it to edit it right there), improved collaboration tools such as the ability to attach a file to an email from your desktop or from the repository or to save an attachment to either location, voting tools for forums and polls and the ability to create and join groups with applications keeping the context of each group in mind (for example, you only see forum threads and activity streams related to your groups).

If you're attending JavaOne you can check out eXo Platform 3.0 at booth #5209. Or, check out this video:

For a complete list of eXo Platform 3.0 features, check out the site here.

Social Portals

Coming on the heels of the latest version of Liferay (news, site), it seems that the open source portals, at least, are turning their sights toward becoming one-stop platforms. Enhanced Web CMS features, social features and an emphasis on extensibility, standards and usability shows that the open source offerings are definitely no slackers in today's marketplace.

Are the Java-based portals leading the pack? We'd love to hear your thoughts.