We want to develop a Portal application based on Confluence (so that our company internal users can interact with both Confluence and this application in a single page view of browser) with below features:
- the application has 5+ screens in which user can read / write data. Thus we need to define our own database tables
- the application reads data from LDAP
- the application wants to aggregate the list of Confluence pages / blogs that a user has subscribed
- is it a good idea to implement the application in Confluence? Why and why not?
- if yes, then could you give me some guideline / documentation / sample codes for that? (I saw some sample codes for Confluence Macro, but it's simple for an application need)
- another direction of this problem is to build the application from scratch and use iframe to include that application into the Confluence. But it's not cost-effective to build from scratch and I heard that integration between application and Confluence also costs a lot.
- I did Google to find some guidelines, but it seems not valid to my need
Confluence is a good platform for any size of customizations. A lot of huge add-ons based on Confluence API have many pages, complex logic, rich UI, etc.
Everything that you want to add to Confluence is a "module". New pages are "xwork" modules, REST services - REST modules, etc.
How to add a new "page module": https://developer.atlassian.com/confdev/confluence-plugin-guide/confluence-plugin-module-types/xwork-webwork-module
But it may be a real challenge to build Confluence add-on without Java development skills.
Hi @Domenico Manzo,
Thank you very much for the hints.
Could you please give me some hints / guidelines about creating database tables in Confluence so that my application will read / write to that DB tables?
It seems like difficult to find this topic in the documentation. Many thanks!
@Khon Trieu You can create as many tables as you need. Confluence uses special ORM for new tables in DB called Active Objects
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