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One of the joys of being a product manager with SAP are the days when you actually get to spend time manipulating and massaging the latest and greatest builds of the latest and greatest SAP NetWeaver component:
SAP Enterprise Portal 6.0 SP Stack 04, which just happens to run on WebAS 6.40.

Well, today was such a day.

We are teaching an RKT class this week in Newtown Square, PA, at SAP America’s headquarters building. RKT stands for Ramp-up Knowledge Transfer.
Our class contains mostly SAP consultants who are getting ready to deploy to Ramp-up customers, but also a few partners and even one customer. Mostly men, but we have two women in the class, and guess what – no surprise here – a team with a woman in it was first again in finishing the installation. Do I see a pattern forming here or what?

Today, I wanted to share with you one of the rather exciting little new features I stumbled across: Being able to tie XML links (RSS in my case) into the portal easily and viewing them as iViews.

In order to do so, you simply create a new iView by calling the XML iView wizard.

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You then, after entering the standard name, ID and prefix, get to a screen, which either allows you to browse for a URL or to simply enter it.

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In my case, I went out to SDN and grabbed the RSS URL listed on the Weblogs page (bottom right underneath the Comments section).

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Once I had the URL, I pasted it into the URL window in my iView wizard.

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In the next step, I was asked what I would like to do now, and I selected the RSS to XHTMLB option.

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Upon saving this quick iView, I was able to bring this into a page with another iViewCatcher iView, which I had already generated.

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Yes, you read that one right: iViewCatcher is back!

More about that next time – have to get ready for my teaching gig in the morning.

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  1. Mark Finnern
    Include an RSS feed that easy into an iView. Very nice.

    That means if you call that iView tomorrow morning my comment will be there?

    Hallo Elke!
    Have a good training 🙂

    (Psst, you male students, don’t believe everything she says, she leads us always down the wrong path, so that she can claim that the women were faster again 🙂

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    1. Anonymous
      Hi Mark,
      Indeed, whatever was added now shows up in my iView – this is dynamically linked.
      I just created another iView, which pulls in all the new blog entries as well. So now I have the blogs AND the comments. Life in SAP Enterprise Portal 6.0 on WebAS 6.40 is good 🙂
      P.S. I counted again…we actually have three women in the class. And two female with only one male instructor – how is that for a ratio?
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        1. Anonymous
          Hi Mark,
          Cool to see how everyone speaks regarding this feature (I was involved in developing it).
          There is much more in XML iViews than RSS (importent as it is). Content developer can add his own transformers to support in-house manufactured XMLs.
          More docs about it would be found in the PDK.
          Bye,
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          1. Niels Carstensen
            As cool as the ability is to directly integrate RSS feeds in the portal without programming, as frustrating would it now be to have to write a simple iView for XSLT processing yourself just because there is now way to extend the list of converters. I’m really looking forward to this documentation (any chance you want me to review it before publication?).

            regards,
            Niels

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      1. Anonymous
        The RSS iView’s visual appearance currently does not allow for XSL modifications. However, there are properties for customizing the look and feel, such as ShowDatesMode, ShowTime, GroupByDate, DateFormat, TimeFormat and ScrollHeight.
        All this is based on the XML Transformation Service.
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  2. Daniel Da Vinci
    Hi,
    This is a great feature and I would like to configure it myself. I have installed the WAS 6.40 sneak preview with EP6 SP4 but do not have the XML iView available to me. Is there something that I need to do to enable the iView?.

    Cheers
    Daniel

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    1. Achim Hauck
      hi,
      i’ve got the same problem:
      a new installed ep60sp4 preview doesn’t offer the XML iview-Template during creation of a new iview.
      is there a difference between the preview and the official ramp-up version?

      what can i do?

      kind regards, achim

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    2. Anonymous
      Hi,

      This feature is available in Support Package Stack 04, which translates to SAP Enterprise Portal SP 6.
      This is why you would not see this feature yet.
      Be patient! 🙂
      Elke

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  3. P. Portheine
    I’ve created exactly the iview but get the “Error while using XML iView, please contact your system administrator”.

    Maybe it is a proxy problem? So i filled in the proxy settings and restarted com.sap.portal.ivs.httpservice

    No result.
    Does anyone have other suggestions to consider

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    1. Nicolaj Ammann
      Hi Dirk
      We encountered the same problem here on an EP V6.0 SP14. On an EP V6.0 SP9 the RSS-Feed iView is working fine.
      Did you solve the problem on your System?
      Thanks for your help.
      Regards
      Nicolaj
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      1. Anonymous
        Hello Nicolaj,

        We are having the same problem getting RSS working in portals version 6.0 SP14.  Any luck getting yours working?

        We will keep you posted if we make any progress.

        Regards,
        Max

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        1. Jana Richter
          Hi Nicolaj and Max,

          have you tried to re-enter the proxy-settings and restart the service? Usually this error appears if there is any problem with the proxy, so best might be, if you try it again: In System-Configuration –> Service Configuration –> Applications –> com.sap.portal.ivs.httpservice fill in the fields “HTTP Proxy Host” (value “proxy” is sufficient or the IP-Adress of the proxy) and “HTTP Proxy Port” (usually value “8080”), then you should restart the service. I tried it with 6.0 SP15 and here it is working fine after correcting these settings …  

          Regards,
          Jana

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  4. H. Broens
    In addition to Jana’s comment, I also set the HTTP – Enable Proxy setting field to true, and filled in the same values for firewall.

    Everything is working fine for me now! I am on SP14… Feed your portals!

    Hilco Broens

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  5. vani gaonkar
    During the migration process problems have been reported for this blog. The blog content may look corrupt due to not supported HTML code on this platform. Please adjust the blog content manually before moving it to an official community.
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