Course Overview

Developer Training builds the foundation you need to build successful apps on the Liferay Platform. Learn the basics of portlet development and how to customize the platform through hooks, Ext plugins, layout templates and themes. This course introduces the service architecture of Liferay and Service Builder, essential knowledge for using the platform API.

What You'll Learn

By the end of the training, you should have an understanding of what Liferay has to offer out of the box including:
  • Java standard portlets
  • Building portlets in Liferay's Plugins SDK
  • Liferay's service architecture
  • Using Service Builder to generate a robust service layer
  • Building complex portlet applications with user input, persistence, feedback and localization
  • Customizing the portal through hooks
  • How themes are created and function
  • Extensively modifying the portal through an Ext plugin
  • Development best practices
  • Using Liferay Developer Studio
  • Deploying projects to an instance of Liferay

Prerequisites: Development experience with Java and Servlets.

Course Format: Onsite

Version: 6.1

This course is also offered for Liferay Version 6.2


Day 1


  • Introduction to Liferay's Plugins SDK
  • Installing Liferay Developer Studio
  • Setting Up the Space Program
  • Reviewing Liferay Concepts
Developing Portlet Plugins
  • Introduction to Java Standard Portlets
  • How Portlets Differ From Servlets
  • The Java Portlet Specification
  • The Portlet Lifecycle
  • Phases of the Portlet Lifecycle
  • Portlet Characteristics
  • Java Standard Portlet Exercise
  • Portlet Preferences
  • Inter-Portlet Communication
  • Methods of Inter-Portlet Communication
  • Public Render Parameters
  • Events
  • Portlets and Web Application Frameworks
Day 2

Parts Inventory Portlet Application

  • Design Approach
  • Setting up the Data Model for Service Builder
  • Generating the Service and Persistence Layer
  • Leveraging the Liferay MVC Portlet Framework
  • Displaying Data using Liferay's Search Container
  • Localization, Feedback and Input Validation
  • Integrating Liferay Permissions
  • Adding Custom Portlets to the Control Panel
Day 3

Theme and Layout Template Plugins

  • Liferay Theme Overview and Exercise
  • Liferay Layout Template Overview and Exercise
  • Advanced Theme, Layout Topics, and Best Practices
Hook Plugins
  • Adding a Post Login Action
  • Adding a Startup Action
  • Customizing Language Keys
  • Customizing Core Liferay JSPs
  • Adding Post-Processing to Liferay's Indexer
  • Extending Liferay's Services using Service Wrappers

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Dual Core processor, 4GB RAM, wireless card
Windows, Mac OSX*, or Linux*
* Note: if you use Mac OSX or Linux, you must be prepared to support yourself if any operating system issues arise, as the trainer is not guaranteed to be familiar with these systems.

Please contact us or call 1-877-LIFERAY if you have any questions.