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

Poornachandra Sarang

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Book Description

May 5 2009 1430218479 978-1430218470 1

Liferay Portal is the leading open source enterprise portal framework that uses the latest Java and Web 2.0 technologies.

Web portals often function as a point of access to information on the World Wide Web. Web portals, such as Yahoo!, present information from diverse sources in a unified way. Aside from the search engine standard, web portals offer other services such as e–mail, news, stock prices, infotainment, and various other features. Portals provide a means for enterprises to supply a consistent look and feel with access control and procedures for multiple applications that otherwise would have been separate entities altogether.

So, how do developers bring existing applications, as well as integrate content management systems and search engines, into a portal? And how do developers get started with the Liferay Portal engine? In Practical Liferay: Java–based Portal Applications Development, Dr. Sarang answers these questions and more.

This book is for those who want to learn how to use Liferay to develop vertical or company–specific web portals and beyond. The book will serve as a practical guide to learning Liferay and developing real–world web portals.


What you’ll learn

  • Become an expert of the Liferay Portal engine.
  • Create dynamic web portals.
  • Use template–based design for easy fit and form.
  • Design and integrate discussion forums, chats, and IM.
  • Build blogs, wikis, RSS feeds, and more.
  • Use Liferay for developing Java–based content management software.
  • Deploy and manage portal administration.

Who is this book for?

This book is for web and portal developers who use Java to build Web 2.0 portals for their company, enterprise, or even personal use. The book does not require any programming background and will be very useful for web developers in learning practical portal development.


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Product Details

  • 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: #784,687 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 profsarang@gmail.com.


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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 Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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 Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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 Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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 Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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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