What is enabler API

WebSphere Portal, has introduced Enabler API in Version 7.0, The Enabler API is replacement of Client Side API that was part of the 6.x version. The Enabler API allows you to do following things on client side

  • Manipulate portlet preferences

  • Manipulate user profile

  • Manipulate portlet state

    • Portlet Mode

    • Window State

The Enabler API provides functions that are equivalent to the Portlet client side API and there is one set of functions that can be used from iWidget and other set that can be used from portlet code.

Ex. In WPS 6.0 this is how we use to set portlet preferences

var _portletWindow = new ibm.portal.portlet.PortletWindow("<%=portletWindowID%>");
function setPreference(){

But now you will have to use code like this inside the Portlet

var navigationModel = com.ibm.mashups.enabler.navigation.Factory.getNavigationModel();
var selectedNode = navigationModel.find().start();
var layoutModel = navigationModel.getLayoutModel(selectedNode);
var layoutControl = layoutModel.find().start();
var widgetInstance = widgetModel.getWidgetWindow(layoutControl).start();

// set preferences
var modifiablePreferences = widgetModel.getHierarchicalPreferences(widgetInstance).start();
modifiablePreferences.setValues(key, values);

// commit

This is the code that you can use inside the iWidget

var result = iContext.getiWidgetAttributes();
result.setItemValue(itemName, itemValue);

Important Note: IBM deprecates the client side programming model from the previous versions. Although the old model still works, developers are encouraged to write new code to comply with the new Enabler APIs. with the old API.

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