I have the need/desire/idea (pick one...) to develop portal applications
targetet at the WebSphere Portal Server without IBM RAD.
Our customers use the Websphere platform for all their JEE applications.
So far we were forced to use RAD to develop the customers' portlets. Our
developers, however, are everything but happy with RAD. We'd rather use
plain Eclipse plus WTP to hook up a local WebSphere Portal Server with
the development environment. All resources I found on the Internet
suggest that this will not work, in part because IBM does not provide a
WebSphere installation package for such a scenario.