Paperback: 376 pages
Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (September 30, 2011)
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I don't like Liferay, but still rate this book high - because it is quite good. This book will enthusiasticly tell you everything about Liferay. And I really mean ... everything. In case you think Liferay is awesome (I don't, I think it's horribly slow and fat swine), if you care what is author's favorite toy, if you care about all the history of Liferay and portlets in general - this is a good book for you. I personally don't mind learning about all the background noise. Author is pretty skillful in playing with words and it is a rather nice to read it. On the other hand, I know developers who completely hate this kind of books. They just want the information straight away, no gibberish.There is more. It really matters a lot in what way do you or your company want to use Liferay. If you are just using it as a simple container (aggregator) for your standalone apps (most companies I know use Liferay like this), and you don't actually need all the Liferay stuff, 80% of this book is going to be useless for you. I suggest you read the content carefully and ask yourself couple of questions like:- Am I going to use Liferay's facilities to handle my data and service layers?- Am I going to use Liferay's MVC facilities?- Do I need to know how to let Liferay to theme my portlets?- Do I need Liferay to implement any sort of social collaboration?- Do I care how to extend Liferay?Liferay can do all of this. If you really need it, this is the right book for you. If you don't, it's probably not worth reading and you can happily smash bunch of tutorials to get yourself started with Liferay.Last remark is for the sample application. It is really good idea to develop a sample application through the whole book. The way it is delivered to reader is not best though. Good you can download source codes for the book, because otherwise it is extremely easy to get lost.
The book is a short overview about Liferay capabilities. It is not suitable to learn how to develop on the platform, but it gives a good sense of what the platform does. I would like to see more pages with more details – this book really lacks details. On the other hand, there is an excess of long unnecessary examples (based on use cases you need to read) taking pages out of the short amount.
I just started a new job and we've been launching Liferay Portal as our platform for development. This book has been an excellent reference in getting me setup and going on deploying, installing then building applications with Liferay Portal.I've only read a couple chapters ( 1, 2 and 5 ) but I really enjoy the authors style of writing. You can tell he is intimately aware and knowledgeable about the inner workings of Liferay. He doesn't digress on topics and he assumes you're a Software Engineer and you know the basics at least. As a Mid Level Java Developer, this style suits me perfectly. I can say, already I've become very comfortable with Portlets in Liferay and Themes. I have my environment setup and deploying with Ant. It builds with Tomcat, ect.This book was recommended by someone at work and I feel it deserves some recognition. It's helped me make an impact in my new job and I really feel like liferay is one of the best portals out today.
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