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Practical Liferay: Java-based Portal Applications Development [Paperback]

Poornachandra Sarang

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May 5 2009 1430218479 978-1430218470 1

Liferay Portal is the leading open source enterprise Portal Framework using the latest Java and Web 2.0 Technologies. It is the best of breed, over JBoss Portals, Apache Jetspeed and Pluto and more. In fact, Liferay project/product downloads range from 31,000 to over 48,000 downloads each month over the last year; and over 1,223,584 downloads to date, approximately 40% of the total downloads Spring Framework gets on

According to Wikipedia, a web portal is a site that provides a single function via a web page or site. Web portals often function as a point of access to information on the World Wide Web. Portals present information from diverse sources in a unified way. An example of a web portal is Yahoo!

Pro Liferay by Dr Sarang is one of the first books on Liferay, and serves as a practical guide to learning Liferay and developing real-world Web 2.0 portals using Liferay.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (May 5 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430218479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430218470
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 17.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #883,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Sarang in his long tenure of 20+ years has worked in various capacities in the IT industry. Dr. Sarang provides consulting and training in Enterprise Architecting, Solution Architecting, Design and Development to a large number of clients worldwide. He has been a consultant to Sun Microsystems for several years and his recent engagements include Director, Architecture for Kynetia (a Spanish origin MNC). He has been a recipient of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for two consecutive years. He has spoken in several international conferences on Java/CORBA/XML/.NET organized by O’Reilly, SYS–CON, WROX, SUN and Microsoft in various countries such as India, USA, UK, Switzerland, Singapore, and so on. He has been invited to deliver keynote speeches in highly–acclaimed Microsoft Architect Summits and several other prestigious events. He has several research papers, journal articles and books to his credit.

Dr. Sarang has been a Visiting Professor of Computer Engineering at University of Notre Dame, USA and currently holds a position of adjunct Faculty at Univ. Dept. of Computer Science, Univ. of Mumbai where he teaches post–graduates courses, provides project guidance to post–graduate students and guides Ph.D. students. His current research interests include Distributed Systems, Mobile Computing and Algorithm Developments. He may be reached at

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An obvious portal guide June 13 2009
By A. Madrid - Published on
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This book is like the Jonas X. Yuan's Liferay Portal Enterprise Intranets. It describes obvious buttons, pages, etc. It doesn't enter in not so obvious topics like LDAP authentication, real, practical and effective permissions set, etc.
It has many beautiful images, but the content is not better than the free administrator guide from Liferay.
If you want to setup a real world portal server, i.e. with security, minimal customizations, etc, this is not the right book. With this you can configure a stainer like security protected server.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Huge dissapointment, Dont waste your time or money. Dec 11 2009
By John J. Ryan - Published on
Is there a zero stars? This book is less useful than just taking the portal for a test drive. The install instructions say download the bundle. That is ridiculous. Get the freely available Admin guide from the portal site.

I think a book should have at least 1 line of java code in it to have a sub-title 'Java-based Portal Applications Development'. There is no development and this is definitely not a book that a 'pro' could use for anything other than holding down printouts of useful documentation from another source.

I do not even recommend this book to the newest of newbies. If you found your way to this review you already know half of the stuff in the book, like how to use self descriptive user interfaces.

I bought this book online and it took me less than a day of searching for anything java or development related to realize that this book has nothing even remotely resembling its title between the covers. Deceptive section titles make you think there is going to be some instruction on how to develop something to run in Liferay. This is a marketing scheme not a book.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for java developers Dec 1 2009
By Geert Timmermans - Published on
The book is merely an introduction to portals in general and liferay in particular.
Not intended for programmers who whish to integrate liferay with other systems or who whish to write their own portlets.
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless garpage Oct. 30 2010
By Bloodboiler - Published on
Anyone could write this book with a stack of printed screen shots from out of date version from Liferay. To be fair, there are little pieces of useless xml fragments in the end, so it is possible the author does know about all the things mentioned it the title, but just didn't write about them.

Mary Shelley's 'Frankensein' contains far more practical information about portal application development while having about the same amount of information about Java portal technology and Liferay API.

I've found Apress books to be subpar at best but this one is so useless the publishing company should be shamed. I suggest you take a look at reviews before buying anything from this publisher.

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