I'm trying to understand what the connection between Spring and WebSphere could/should be. I'm new to both and a bit confused...
I love the base ideas in Spring. And when I've done Java in the past (cerc. Struts 1.0), I ended up with 1 directory (or .war) that I could easily move from server to server. Back then it was all Tomcat and the only thing I used the container for was to protect a directory. So I'm hoping to use Spring for everything if I can. But I need to understand things better to make my case.
On this project I have to use WebSphere. It looks like there is a sort of framework built into WebSphere itself.
So, does it make sense to use Spring in a WebSphere environment? Should I use just Spring (if the powers at be will let me) or should (can) I use the pieces of Spring that WebSphere doesn't have?
My questions here releate to two separate subprojects. I'm writing a web service to update an LDAP direcotory.
The other project is a client that will consume the service; I will most likely be forced to use a WebSphere portlet for the front end. Can (and again should) Spring portlets be used in the WebSphere portal server? Or can a WebSphere portlet just be the front end to a Spring middle layer?
Thanks for the help!