Alfresco Developer Guide. Jeff Potts. October pages Alfresco is an open source platform for Enterprise Content Management. Alfresco Books Alfresco One 5.x Developer's Guide - Second Edition (Feb ) written by Benjamin Chevallereau & Jeff Potts, published by Packt. integration. Download a sample chapter here: portal7.info Alfresco Content Services » Developer guide» API guide» Using the APIs to a folder, you want a PDF to be automatically generated, or a notification email to sent. Java API, Java API Documentation Java API - Access and Transaction Management documentation. Tutorials, Jeff Potts Custom Action tutorial.
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Alfresco Developer Guide. Jeff Potts. Chapter No. 3. "Working with Content Models" .. report file ( be it is a PDF or an Excel spreadsheet, for example). Alfresco Developer Guide [Jeff Potts] on portal7.info *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Alfresco Developer Guide walks you through the customizations . Table of Contents Preface Chapter 1: The Alfresco Platform Alfresco in the Real World Basic Document Management Web Con Author: Jeff Potts.
Not at all! Developers looking to contribute significant product enhancements to Alfresco or those making major, deep customizations to the product may require experience with a particular component, depending on exactly what they are trying to do. Everyone else will be able to customize and extend Alfresco using basic Java and web application development skills. As new acronyms climb the hype cycle, vendors scramble to figure out how they can at least appear to support the standard or protocol so that the prospective clients can check that box on the Request for proposal RFP don't even get me started on RFPs. Commercial open source vendors are still software vendors and thus are no less guilty of this practice.
Jeff has over 10 years of ECM practice leadership and over 16 years of IT and technology implementation experience in IT departments and professional services organizations.
Jeff began working with and blogging about Alfresco in November of In and , Jeff published a series of Alfresco tutorials and published them on his blog, ecmarchitect. Jeff's areas of business expertise include document management, content management, workflow, collaboration, portals, and search.
Jeff is a frequent speaker at Alfresco and Content Management industry events and has written articles for technical journals. This is his first book. This material is copyright and is licensed for the sole use by Jorge Espinoza on 18th October Elmont Ct, Fairfax, This book would not have been possible without Optaros. What an awesome place to work and what a stellar team to work with.
Noreen Vincent helped with marketing and promo. The book is significantly better than it would have been because of your involvement. Alfresco has been tremendously supportive of and excited about this project. Alfresco team members also pitched in with technical reviews: David Caruana, James Urquhart, Jean Barmash, and Peter Monks spent time reading chapters and providing feedback when they probably should have been cranking out 3.
But I wanted the tutorials to be consistent with the SDK defaults so what-are-ya-gonna-do.
Refactored old SDK 2. The move to the all-in-one archetype was a big one. But the tutorials have Share customizations in all but one case.
Another reason to use two projects rather than all-in-one is because using two projects allows you to run the repo on one Tomcat and the Share WAR on another. Plus, one project is easier on the tutorial reader. When Alfresco upgraded from SDK 2.
To run integration-tests in SDK 3. These and other content modeling concepts will be covered in Chapter 3. Perform Automatic Operations on Content There are several "hooks" or places where you can insert logic or take action to handle content automatically.
These include rule actions, behaviors, content transformers, and metadata extractors. Rule actions have already been discussed. Behaviors are like actions but instead of being something that an end user can invoke on any piece of content, behaviors are tightly bound to their content type.
Content transformers, as the name suggests, transform content from one format to another. Metadata extractors inspect content as it is added to the repository, and pull out data to store in the content object's properties. These tools for handling content automatically will all be covered in Chapter 4. Customize the Web Client Chapter 5 covers web client customization.
Just about everything in the web client can be tweaked. Menu items can be rearranged or new menus and items can be created.
If a JSP doesn't work quite the way it needs to, you can override it with your own custom version of the page. Don't like the out of the box date picker?
Component renderers for out of the box data types can be overridden or completely new renderers for custom types can be created. If you need to guide users through a multi-step process, you can create custom dialogs and wizards. In the current release, the web client is built with JSF. In the near future, Alfresco may be moving toward a lighter-weight framework based on web scripts.
The controller performs whatever logic is needed, then forwards the request to the view. The view is implemented as a FreeMarker template. The framework is so powerful and flexible that Alfresco refactors several pieces of the web client to leverage web scripts. RESTful services via web scripts are well on their way to becoming the preferred way to integrate with the Alfresco repository.
Streamline Complex Business Processes with Advanced Workflows Advanced workflows provide a way to automate complex business processes. Alfresco's advanced workflows are executed by the embedded JBoss jBPM engine, which is a very powerful and popular open source workflow engine.
Integrate with Other Systems Most of the coding and configuration discussed so far can be divided into two parts: 1 Customizations made to the core repository and 2 Customizations made to the web client. There is a third bucket to be considered, which is coding and configuration related to integrating Alfresco with other solutions. Maybe a portal will get its content from Alfresco, or perhaps some other third-party application needs to share content with Alfresco.
Chapter 9 discusses how to handle security and integration. A commonly asked question at this point in the architecture discussion is, "Does Alfresco have an API? Actually, it has several. Let's look at what APIs are available and where they are used.
This should also give you some idea as to the tools and skills you'll need to have in your toolbox as you embark on your own projects. Facebook API Web scripts, social networking applications.
From a skills standpoint, it is still uncertain how deep Flex skills will need to be to customize Alfresco as it evolves into a richer interface. Hopefully, Alfresco will abstract the configuration and customization of the Flex-based components such that clients can get it without Flex skills.
Understanding Alfresco's Editions Alfresco has two editions of its products sometimes called "networks" : Labs and Enterprise. It also offers a "Small Business Network" package through the Red Hat Exchange, but this is essentially a user-limited Enterprise version licensed on a "per seat" rather than a "per CPU" basis.
Both editions are open source and are available without up-front license fees. However, the Labs edition is completely unsupported while Alfresco provides commercial support for the Enterprise edition. In fact, you can't get access to the Enterprise edition without purchasing a support subscription from Alfresco. The Labs edition is essentially the developers' playground.
It may contain experimental features and community contributions. In source code terms, it can be thought of as the "daily build" or the "unstable build".