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Liferay in Action: The Official Guide to Liferay Portal Development Paperback – September 30, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1935182825 ISBN-10: 193518282X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 1 edition (September 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193518282X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935182825
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rich Sezov is Liferay's Knowledge Manager and is the author of the Liferay Portal Administrator's Guide. He has been working with portals since 2003, and currently leads Liferay's documentation and training materials efforts.


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Rich Sezov, Jr. is an unusual combination of software developer, writer, and trainer. Most of his career has been spent doing software development, but as Liferay's Knowledge Manager, he now has the opportunity to help others do the same by writing about it and teaching it. When Rich isn't working, you'll generally find him spending time with his wife and daughter, doing all kinds of interesting things, and (he hopes) not getting into too much trouble.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jim Denmark on December 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
My company has been using Liferay since early 2008 and if we could have had this book when we started, our whole learning experience would have been much accelerated. Like most open source projects, the official documentation is lacking in completeness and consistency. Beyond the community, the only real go-to was Rich Sezov's other book - the Liferay Administration guide. There are some other quite comprehensive works available under the Liferay title but I have found them to be poorly organized, hard to follow and focused on a quite narrow use case.

The Liferay in Action book walks you through the concepts and then through some practical exercises of developing portlets for the Liferay platform. This work coupled with the other recently published Portlets in Action has proven invaluable to get us leveraging the Liferay platform more effectively. Now I hope the author goes on to maintain updated editions of this work, keeping up with the annual Liferay release cycle and writes a companion guide for the ALLOY-UI javascript framework that is included with Liferay. He touches on it in this book but a more comprehensive work is needed.

To be transparent, I was a technical reviewer on this book and have been waiting eagerly for its publishing but because it is filling a void that if you are using Liferay, you will agree, needed to be filled.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vrto on July 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sean J. Gildea on January 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
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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