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Building Websites with OpenCms [Paperback]

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Item description for Building Websites with OpenCms by Matt Butcher...

A practical guide to understanding and working with this proven Java/JSP based content management system

*Understand how OpenCms handles and publishes content to the Web

*Learn how to create your own complex OpenCms website

*Develop the skills to implement, customize and maintain an OpenCms website

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.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   276
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 7.5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 10, 2004
Publisher   Packt Publishing
ISBN  1904811043  
ISBN13  9781904811046  

Availability  106 units.
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More About Matt Butcher

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Matt is a web developer and author. He has previously written five other books for Packt, including two others on Drupal. He is a senior developer for the New York Times Company, where he works on, one of the most traffic-heavy Drupal sites in the world. He is the maintainer of multiple Drupal modules and also heads QueryPath - a jQuery-like PHP library. He blogs occasionally athttp: //

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Wasted Trees  Oct 11, 2005
Sorry to disappoint the prospective buyer, this book is a waste of your time. It covers Opencms 5.0.? the most recent version of Opencms 6.0? as of today is much different, the API has changed a lot. The book is 262 pages on really bad quality paper and first few chapters are really basic that describe the various UI features in Opencms.
Certain chapters like Chapter 5 that describe the Opencms architecture are nothing but list a list of package descriptions and mind you the package names have changed... what a waste ?

I rate it at two stars only because there is no other book on Opencms, else I would say it is one star.
free code, but with a learning curve  Dec 2, 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!]

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