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Presenting...the Liferay Administrator's Guide!

Company Blogs March 13, 2008 By Richard Sezov Staff

Well, it's a little late and yes, it's a little behind, but the first edition of the Liferay Administrator's Guide has hit the presses! Covering Liferay Portal 4.3, it goes over everything from installing Liferay to an application server to integrating it with other services, such as chat and workflow. There's a complete description in the blurb on the back of the book.

Writing a book is a huge job. I say that because were it not for the sheer number of contributors of material, this book would still not be done. Why? Because the research end of it alone (in this case, that's actually going through each feature, configuring it so it works, and writing up notes during the process) could take as long as it's taken so far. Once you have that done, however, you need to start writing.

I got a jump start on both of those tasks (the research and the writing) because of some great people who a) helped me when I couldn't get something working or b) contributed documentation for a particular feature that they already wrote.

So I am grateful for all of those (I attempted to list everyone on the inside front page, and I'm praying that I didn't miss anybody) who contributed material to the book: you were instrumental in getting it done this fast.

The Liferay Administrator's Guide is available from our web site as a free PDF download. A much, much cooler way to obtain it, though, is as an actual book, which you can get from here. That way, not only do you get a nice, portable Liferay reference you can take with you into the server room, but also you get to see the really cool picture our CEO, Bryan Cheung took in Langen, Germany, near Liferay's European headquarters. That's a special bonus that only appears on the front cover of the real book.

Before I start sounding like an As-Seen-On-TV commercial, maybe I should talk about where we go from here. This is only the beginning of the Liferay Documentation Project. Next on tap we have a Liferay Developer's Guide, which will guide the developer through the ins and outs of writing code on the Liferay Portal platform. And, of course, we need to catch the documentation up with the latest release of Liferay.

We also have several 4.4-based Lifecasts--online demos of how to use Liferay to build out a web site for your organization. These are authored by Jon Lyons, and he has done a fantastic job with them. You can access these by clicking here. I'll let him give you the details on those.

Anyway, that's why it's been so quiet around here on the documentation team--we've been heads-down trying to get these products out to you as fast as we could, with the highest quality we could. Thanks to all for your continued patience as we work on providing these resources!

Threaded Replies Author Date
Thank you ! Ivan Wen March 13, 2008 10:59 PM
Congratulations and thanks! Adam T March 14, 2008 7:09 AM
Thanks Rich. Looking forward to reading it. ... Jack Maines March 14, 2008 7:52 AM
Great Job Rich! Maybe we should put this in... Jorge Ferrer March 14, 2008 10:11 AM
great job, Rich! James Min March 14, 2008 7:36 PM
Rich, this is terrific! I want my copy... Neil Griffin March 14, 2008 10:10 PM
Friends and books should be few but good ! ... Shepherd Ching March 17, 2008 7:51 PM
Thanks, guys. I certainly couldn't have done it... Richard Sezov March 17, 2008 7:57 PM
Beautiful..no more copying and pasting from the... Ivan Cheung March 21, 2008 8:20 PM
I just got through reading the new admin guide... Mark Davidson March 25, 2008 6:06 PM
@Mark: Thanks for the kind words. The Dev... Richard Sezov April 9, 2008 8:29 PM

Posted on 3/13/08 10:59 PM.
Congratulations and thanks!
Posted on 3/14/08 7:09 AM.
Thanks Rich. Looking forward to reading it. Knowing you it's complete, well written and a first class job.
Posted on 3/14/08 7:52 AM.
Great Job Rich!

Maybe we should put this in the documentation page for 4.3 and remove the old installation and configuration manuals?
Posted on 3/14/08 10:11 AM.
great job, Rich!
Posted on 3/14/08 7:36 PM.
Rich, this is terrific! I want my copy autographed of course.
Posted on 3/14/08 10:10 PM.
Friends and books should be few but good !

This book is an useful knowledge of Liferay.

Rich, you are not only give us a good book, but also show everyone a light way to the Liferay

Thank you.
Posted on 3/17/08 7:51 PM in reply to Neil Griffin.
Thanks, guys. I certainly couldn't have done it without all of your help. Of course, there's still more work to do--we're a version behind after all! :-)
Posted on 3/17/08 7:57 PM.
Beautiful..no more copying and pasting from the draft!
Posted on 3/21/08 8:20 PM.
I just got through reading the new admin guide and I'm very impressed. Nice work and thank you. I'm now really looking forward to the developer guide especially as I'm just about to embark on a new portal project. Any idea when this will be released in beta or final form?


Posted on 3/25/08 6:06 PM.
@Mark: Thanks for the kind words.

The Dev Guide will likely take several more months. I'm hoping to have it finished by summer. Sometimes I have to do training for clients, and that can slow it down a bit. But my overall goal is this summer.
Posted on 4/9/08 8:29 PM in reply to Mark Davidson.