Building Websites with OpenCms

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Building Websites with OpenCms

By Matt Butcher

01 Sep 2004 |


We often have to work with CMS systems. OpenCms is an open source alternative, Packt has given TheServerSide Community a book chapter, and an exclusive article. The article explains the process of extending the functionality of OpenCms using the built-in module mechanism. OpenCms will be extended to provide Apache Velocity template support.

This book takes you through the process of creating content-rich websites 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. With hard-won experience of the practical difficulties faced by developers working with OpenCms, this book is the embodiment of the author's expertise, and the perfect way to master the system.

In detail:

What you will learn from this book

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.

Preview Building Websites with OpenCms (PDF) | Download Building Websites with OpenCms (ZIP)

Download OpenCms Velocity Article

Download OpenCms Velocity Source and Module

Publisher Bio

About Packt.

Packt is a unique publishing company specializing in highly focused books on specific technologies and solutions.

As developers, we're all under pressure to do more with less. More flexible systems in less implementation time, more functionality with less ground-up development, more power with less licensing costs. Developers have always managed to deliver more by reusing and adapting what's already out there. Today the body of readily available source code and applications is unprecedented. Packt exists to make implementing customized solutions from existing applications and frameworks easier and faster. We are about effective customization.

Our books and publications share the experiences of your fellow IT professionals in adapting and customizing today's systems, applications, and frameworks. Our solutions-based books give you the knowledge and power to customize the software and technologies you're using to get the job done. Packt books are more specific and less general than the IT books you have seen in the past. Our unique business model allows us to bring you more focused information, giving you more of what you need to know, and less of what you don't.

Author Bio

Matt Butcher is the Principal Consultant for Aleph-Null, Inc, a systems integrator located in Colorado, USA. Specializing in Open Source software, Matt has worked on a wide variety of projects, including embedding Linux in set-top boxes and developing advanced search engines based on artificial intelligence and medical informatics technologies. Matt is involved in several Open Source communities, including OpenCms, Gentoo Linux, and RT (Request Tracker). In addition to his software development, Matt has worked as a freelance journalist covering areas of interest to the Open Source community. When Matt is not working, he enjoys exploring Colorado with his wife and his two daughters.