How to use the Web Content Manager API | HCL Digital Experience

The workspace is the heart of the HCL Web Content Manager API. Items are created, saved, deleted and searched for in the workspace item. A workspace is basically an interface to Web Content Manager that is associated with a user. Using a workspace item, the user can perform operations as that user.

To get a workspace item, you must first retrieve the WebContentService:

    // Construct and initial Context
    InitialContext ctx = new InitialContext();
    // Retrieve WebContentService using JNDI name
    WebContentService webContentService = (WebContentService) 
 catch (NamingException ne)
    System.out.print("Naming Exception: " + ne);
You then request one from the repository singleton with the following call:
webContentService.getRepository().getWorkspace("my username", "my password");
To get a workspace item without specifying a user name and password, use one of the following calls:
  • When used in a portlet: Workspace workspace = webContentService.getRepository().getWorkspace( (Principal) portletRequest.getUser() );
  • When not used in a portlet: Workspace workspace = webContentService.getRepository().getWorkspace((Principal) request.getUserPrincipal() );

If the user is not recognized as a Web Content Manager user, or for some other reason could not be authenticated, an OperationFailedException will be thrown.

Note: Only Web Content Manager users (including external LDAP users if enabled) are recognized. For example, A workspace cannot be retrieved using an LTPA token.

Operations available on the workspace include:

  • Searching for items with the provided "findBy" methods.
  • Creating new items of available editable types.
  • Saving and deleting editable items.
You must call endWorkspace() when finished with the workspace item.
Note: You don't need to call endWorkspace() when using a JSP component as rendering and session management is handled by Web Content Manager.
Note: You use the setCurrentDocumentLibrary method to make calls library-specific. If not specified, the default library that has been configured in the WCM WCMConfigService service is used.