Creating Data Control & Task flow in Webcenter Portal Builder

Prerequisite – Webcenter portal and Webcenter Spaces should be installed and there schemas as well.

Database should be installed in database. For this sample demo –I created sample tables in Webcenter schema .

You can connect to database using creating new connection

→ Please find attached script and execute in the database.

→ Open the link – http://localhost.silbury:8888/webcenter (Might be localhost for you)

→ Go to Shared Asset

→ Go to Data Control – Create

→ Click continue.

→ Select WebCenterDs – enter password- enter sql query as below in screenshot

→ Click Create.And make available for using in catalog .

→ Now Click on Taskflow -Create

→ Make task flow available

→ Click on Edit and Integration

→ Click open Data Control

→ Click Open EmployeeDC

→ Add Employee DC

→ Click On as Table

→ Click on default next and then create. Table will be there in Taskflow. Click Save then Close.

→. Now click on Portals on top Menu -< Create Portal

->Click Create

→ Click View your portal

→ Edit you page as below to add content

→ Click Open on UI components

→ Click Open On task Flows

→ Add Employees and save.

→ Click Save and then click on View Portal

→ This is final portal

→ Can Create more page like this.

→ If you want to navigate back to Data control or change query or add new task flow -click on edit page then Administer Portal

→ There you can edit data control and task flows.

Watch Video here

Happy learning with Vinay Kumar

Do your Webcenter portal performance analysis

Performance Analysis of a Portal application or any application look tedious and tricky task .Reason portal application consist of various other task flow from different resources.Talking for webcenter portal portal application have awesome feature of performance analysis called Portal Page Performance Analyzer. With WebCenter Portal however, this process becomes extremely simple and efficient.

The portal page analyzer offers a simple way to diagnose slow pages and requires minimal set up or configuration. When this feature is on, the time spent on “high level” page components is calculated and displayed so you can see at a glance which components are slowing down your page. The overall time spent on the page also displays at the top left of the page


In WebCenter Portal, “high level” page components are wrapped in a ShowDetailFrame so they can be moved, hidden or shown on the page, and edited by Oracle Composer and it is the overall timing for each ShowDetailFrame that displays.Since ShowDetailFrames enclose task flow regions on a page, this feature lets you instrument WebCenter pages on the basis of individual task flows. When enabled, you can visually analyze the performance of every single task flow on the page like this.

This feature is default by default.User have to turn on this feature.

How to enable/turn on this feature – -You can do by MDS need to update the metadata in webcenter-config.xml using WLST command of exportMetaData/importMetadata.


-> exportMetadata(application=’webcenter’, server=’WC_Spaces’, toLocation=’/tmp/mydata’, docs=’/oracle/webcenter/webcenterapp/metadata/webcenter-config.xml’)

-> Open webcenter-config.xml exported from MDS in a text editor and set the perfdebug-enabled attribute to true to enable or false to disable this feature.

For example:


-> Save and close webcenter-config.xml.

-> Import the updated webcenter-config.xml file to MDS.

-> importMetadata(application=’webcenter’, server=’WC_Spaces’, fromLocation=’/tmp/mydata’, docs=’/oracle/webcenter/webcenterapp/metadata/webcenter-config.xml’)

See how to run/excute exportMetaData/importMetadata command or update metadata in webcenter-config.xml

After this- any page in WebCenter Portal can be tested. To test a page, simply append ‘perfDebug=on’ to the end of the URL to the page.


Now you can get information, which task flow, or slow page which create problem.Enter the task flow and page and kill the problem . 😛

Note – The one condition for this method to work, in the Task Flow binding properties, the Task Flow activation should be set to deferred (which is the default in

Hiding Page Timing Information for Your Current Session– set &perfDebug=off in end of url.

Stop displaying page performance information – &perfDebug=off

Happy performance analysis with Vinay Kumar in techartifact….

Deploy Custom ADF Application to WebCenter Spaces

Requirement- How to deploy custom ADF task flow to Webcenter spaces

Solutions-You can extend or alter the look and feel and functionality of Oracle WebCenter Spaces task flows using the Oracle JDeveloper Customization Developer role. If you want to build custom task flow application to spaces.If you want 100% customization then you can use custom task flow.see this Portal vs Spaces. When you want to deploy 100% task flow, its bit trickt.Please follow the steps


ADF application with custom task flow-

-> Create a new deployment profile (“ADF Library JAR file”) for the View Controller project
-> Delete the existing WAR deployment profile from View Controller -> Project Properties
-> Deploy the View Controller to ADF Library JAR (Right Click on ViewController -> Deploy)
-> Note the location of the JAR file

Create a wrapper project which will be deployed as WAR file and will include the taskflow JAR file

-> Create a new Generic Project
-> Create a WAR deployment Profile
-> Add task flow JAR file to WAR deployment.
-> Right click on the new project -> Project Properties
-> Select library and classpath
. Click ‘Add JAR/directory’
. Add the JAR created in step (4)
-> Edit web.xml for the wrapper project and remove all entries
. Note: FAILURE to do this will result in errors
-> Deploy the Wrapper project to Webcenter spaces (Right Click wrapper project -> Deploy)
. Create connection to Server
. Select WC_Spaces Managed Server
. Ensure to select radio button “Deploy as shared library”
. After Deployment, Ensure Library is displayed by logging into the WLS Console (Admin server)
Extend Spaces and reference the library that contains the custom task flow
1. Download and install Oracle JDeveloper WebCenter Framework and Services Design Time Extensions:
. In JDeveloper, select Help > Check for Updates.
. Click Next, and then Next again to display all available updates.
. Use the search field to filter the list, for example, enter ‘webcenter framework’.
. Select WebCenter Framework and Services Design Time.
. Click Finish.
2. Download the WebCenter Spaces development ZIP file ( from Oracle Technology Network:
3. Copy WebCenter’s WLST (WebLogic Scripting Tool) commands to the Oracle home directory where JDeveloper is installed:
. Navigate to \copy_to_common
. Make a copy of the common directory.
. The common directory is located under \copy_to_common.
. Navigate to: \oracle_common
. Copy the content of the common directory here.
. Copy new version of oracle.webcenter.portal.jar to the Oracle JDeveloper extensions directory:
a. Navigate to \copy_to_jdev_ext
b. Make a copy of oracle.webcenter.portal.jar.
c. The oracle.webcenter.portal.jar file is located under
d. Navigate to: \jdeveloper\jdev\extensions\
e. Copy the oracle.webcenter.portal.jar file here.
4. Restart JDeveloper if it is open.
5. Edit weblogic.xml and add your library
6. Modify the files

Before you can build the shared library list and deploy extend.spaces.webapp.war to the WebCenter Spaces managed server, you must provide some information about your environment and your WebCenter Spaces installation in the configuration file

. To set build and deployment properties for the extend.spaces.webapp shared library
. Open DesignWebCenterSpaces.jws.
. Expand the WebCenterSpacesExtensionLibrary project.
. Open
. Enter information about your JDeveloper environment and WebCenter Spaces installation, as shown in
. The file describes each property and offers examples. The defaults provided are only samples and must be replaced with your own, installation-specific values.
7. Save your updates to
8. Select WebCenterSpacesExtensionLibrary project and deploy to WC_Spaces using ANT
. Clean stage
. Deploy-shared-lib
. After Deployment, Ensure Library is displayed in WLS Console

Register the taskflow in Resource Catalog
1. Login to Webcenter spaces
2. Click on ‘Administration’
3. Create a new catalog and copy it from the default catalog
4. Select the newly created catalog and click on ‘Edit’ -> ‘Edit’
5. In the ‘Edit’ popup, select Add -> Add from library
6. In the search box, enter the name of your taskflow
7. Select your taskflow and give it a ‘Name’ and click ‘Add’. This adds the taskflow to the resource catalog
8. Select the newly created catalog and click Edit -> show
9. Click on ‘Configuratiions’ tab
10. Change the ‘Resource Catalog for Home spaces’ to the newly created catalog and click ‘Apply’
11. Now go back to webcenter spaces and to test the newly created taskflow:
. Create a new page
. Click on ‘Add Content’
. Select the taskflow from the catalog and click ‘Add’. The taskflow should
appear on the page
. Click ‘Save’ and ‘Close’