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This book takes you through the process of creating content rich web sites ...
This book takes you through the process of creating content rich web sites and applications using OpenCms. Although powerful and flexible, OpenCms can be daunting on first approach, but its advanced features reward the investment in learning. This book exists to ease Java developers into getting the most from OpenCms.
OpenCms is a professional-level, open source Website Content Management System, with which you can create and manage complex websites. Based on Java and XML technology, it fits into almost any modern IT environment.
With this book you will master OpenCms, and learn the skills to implement, customize and maintain an OpenCms website.
This book covers
.Installing OpenCms, and its basic concepts
.Using the OpenCms Workplace
.Exploring the core architecture and the virtual file system
.Working with JSP templates
.Creating OpenCms modules
.Adding custom resource types
.Exporting to static HTML
.Deploying and managing an OpenCms Website
At the end of this book, you will:
.Understand how OpenCms handles and publishes content to the Web
.Be confident working in the OpenCms environment
.Have the skills to extend the OpenCms system
.Be able to create your own, complex, OpenCms website
Who this book is written for
If you are a web developer new to OpenCms, or are an experienced OpenCms developer who is looking to get the most from the system, then this is the book for you. A working knowledge of Java, JSP and XML is required to get the most from OpenCms, and from this book.
Posted December 3, 2004
Once upon a time (10 years ago), content management programs were expensive proprietary packages. But recently, the open source movement has produced OpenCMS. However, though it is free, the complexity of usage can be high. And the documentation that comes with it is too daunting for many would-be users. Butcher offers you a more pleasant alternative with this book. He writes for a programmer familiar with XML and Java. Plus, you should also have some knowledge of JSP for making dynamic HTML pages for websites. While JSPs are powerful, they don't allow for multiple authors to edit and publish HTML pages, or for a versioning system to mediate access to these pages. This needs extra code interacting with the JSPs. In a nutshell, OpenCMS does this. The book walks through the usage. Many screen captures of the browser interface that is how the users access it. No fancy effects, like with Flash or Dreamweaver. But all the essentials are present and described by Butcher. He also discusses the back end database that the web server for OpenCMS uses. A fair amount of customising is possible here; with concomitant complexity. But if your website is not 'too' large, you may be able to avoid dealing with many details of the database. [Just remember to regularly back it up to tape or CD!]Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.