A couple weeks ago (March 17 - 21), I spent a very satisfying and productive week working at Johns Hopkins University. Chris Doyle and I spent the bulk of it developing something I consider to be a real gem: an implementation of uPortal's Groups and Permissions (GaP) API that discovers groups maintained in an LDAP directory and makes them available for use in the portal. You can find a more complete description of this technology, its features, and configuration at this wiki page.
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I'm very pleased to see that the upcoming JA-SIG conference will have many seminars and presentations well-aligned with the uPortal project and the needs of uPortal deployers. I look forward to this conference and to being able to attend many of these presentations.
I like Unicon's user interface solution to balance of protection against accidental development issue vote removal and convenience in executing vote changes, and say so in this post, complete with screenshot.