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Liferay development cookbook: Liferay Portal Systems Development

General Blogs November 12, 2011 By Jonas Yuan

Liferay Portal Systems Development

Build dynamic, content-rich and social systems on top of Liferay

  • Use Liferay tools (CMS, WCM, collaborative API and social API) to create your own Web sites and WAP sites with hands-on examples
  • Customize Liferay portal using the JSR-286 portlets, hooks, ext plugins, themes, layout templates, webs plugins and diverse portlet bridges
  • Build your own web sites with kernel features like indexing, workflow, staging, scheduling, messaging, polling, tracking, auditing, reporting and more

In Detail

Liferay portal is one of the most mature portal frameworks in the market, offering many key business benefits that involve personalization, customization, content management systems, web content management, collaboration, social networking and workflow. If you are a Java developer who wants to build custom web sites and WAP sites using Liferay portal, this book is all you need.

Liferay Portal Systems Development shows Java developers how to use Liferay kernel (version 6.1 or above) as a framework to develop custom web and WAP systems which will help you to maximize your productivity gains. Get ready for a rich, friendly, intuitive, and collaborative end-user experience!

The clear, practical examples in the sample application that runs throughout this book will enable professional Java developers to build custom web sites, portals, and mobile applications using Liferay portal as a framework. You will learn how to make all of your organization's data and web content easily accessible by customizing Liferay into a single point of access. The book will also show you how to improve your inter-company communication by enhancing your web sites and WAP sites so that you can share content with colleagues.

What you will learn from this book

  • Provide complete coverage of Liferay Portal 6.1 for both the commercial and open source versions within real example Knowledge Base portlet
  • Build basic and advanced MVC portlets with the Service-Builder and RBAC permissions, helping you to build enterprise-ready Java web sites
  • Use Ext plugins and Hooks, allowing you to perform custom actions on your portal
  • Manage images, documents, videos, audios and records using the Document and Media Library and record management
  • Build web content and web forms using the WYSIWYG editors, Custom Attributes, assets tagging and classification, and Dynamic Data List
  • Create collaborative and social API complete with Ratings, Comments, Subscriptions, Collaboration, Social Equity, Asset Links and OpenSocial
  • Improve your portal with staging, scheduling, remote publishing, caching, clustering, indexing, search and workflow.
  • Build WAP mobile-based applications and leverage diverse portlet bridges like JSF, Struts, and Spring MVC
  • Use the common API for monitoring and auditing, tracking, scripting, reporting, messaging, and more, helping you to build dynamic web sites smoothly


This book focuses on teaching by example. Every chapter provides an overview, and then dives right into hands-on examples so you can see and play with the solution in your own environment.

Who this book is written for

This book is for Java developers who don't need any prior experience with Liferay portal. Although Liferay portal makes heavy use of open source frameworks, no prior experience of using these is assumed.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Liferay Enterprise Portal

Chapter 2: Service Builder and Development Environment

Chapter 3: Generic MVC Portlets

Chapter 4: Ext plugin and Hooks

Chapter 5: Enterprise Content Management

Chapter 6: DDL and WCM

Chapter 7: Collaborative API and Social API

Chapter 8: Indexing, Search and Workflow

Chapter 9: Staging, Scheduling, Publishing and Cache Clustering

Chapter 10: WAP and Portlet Bridges

Chapter 11: Common API


Threaded Replies Author Date
Great work Jonus. Gnaniyar Zubair November 13, 2011 9:08 AM
Congratulations, Jonas! The examples in your... Xinsheng Robert Chen November 16, 2011 3:24 PM
Where do i get source code of this book ... it... DarshanKumar N Bhatia December 18, 2011 10:52 PM
Hi Jonas, thanks for the good work! by the way... Puj Z December 20, 2011 1:25 AM
Hi DarshanKumar, The book will be released at... Jonas Yuan December 20, 2011 6:50 AM
Thanks a lot, Puj, Jonas Jonas Yuan December 20, 2011 6:51 AM
The Liferay 6.1 development cookbook - Liferay... Jonas Yuan February 1, 2012 4:23 PM

Great work Jonus.
Posted on 11/13/11 9:08 AM.
Congratulations, Jonas!

The examples in your book just works!
Posted on 11/16/11 3:24 PM in reply to Gnaniyar Zubair.
Where do i get source code of this book ... it is not available http://www.packtpub.com/support?nid=8083 ????
Posted on 12/18/11 10:52 PM.
Hi Jonas,
thanks for the good work! by the way if it is not too late, the part pertaining to social equity (page 390-392) is old (6.0) and the architecture has been changed completely in 6.1.
You can contact Zsolt Berentey for further information.
Here the issue:
and here the thread:

Posted on 12/20/11 1:25 AM in reply to DarshanKumar N Bhatia.
Hi DarshanKumar,

The book will be released at the end of this month. The download URL would be ready once the book got released.


Posted on 12/20/11 6:50 AM in reply to Puj Z.
Thanks a lot, Puj,

Posted on 12/20/11 6:51 AM in reply to Jonas Yuan.
The Liferay 6.1 development cookbook - Liferay Portal Systems Development - published at http://www.packtpub.com/liferay-portal-systems-development/book
Posted on 2/1/12 4:23 PM in reply to Jonas Yuan.