Becoming familiar with a platform as large and fully featured as Liferay is a big task. You learn the ins and outs of what it can do, the tips and best practices of the experts, and you work your way through the APIs. As you do this, you become more and more familiar with how things work, become more proficient with the platform as you multiply successes on it, and start to think in terms of how you’d solve problems most effectively using the tools the platform gives you. Eventually, if you use it long enough, it can seem like an old friend that’s ready to stand by you and help you succeed in your projects.

Liferay Portal CE 7.0 was designed as an enhancement that builds off of what you already know. Its Code Upgrade Tool and this tutorial series–or Learning Path–help get your existing plugins running on Liferay Portal CE 7.0 right away. The tool automates much of the process. After you upgrade your plugins, you can build and deploy them as you always have.

Liferay Portal CE 7.0 has exciting improvements for developers too. This Learning Path shows you how to leverage them. Since you already know previous versions of Liferay Portal, you’re several steps ahead of everybody else.

This Learning Path describes the benefits of Liferay Portal CE 7.0 for developers compared to previous versions, the architectural improvements, the benefits that modularity brings, and how to develop modules and how they differ from traditional plugins. You’ll see all the options for leveraging new developer features, learn the pros and cons of each, and examine steps for optimizing your existing plugins for Liferay Portal CE 7.0.

In the end, we believe you’ll both want to adopt Liferay Portal CE 7.0, and you’ll see how you can thrive using it.

You’ll start by seeing the familiar, good things that remain the same and then examine what’s changed the most since Liferay Portal 6.

What Hasn’t Changed and What Has

Liferay Portal CE 7.0 is a new major version of the Liferay platform and as such it includes many improvements over previous versions. Having said that, most of the characteristics from Liferay...

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Benefits of Liferay Portal CE 7.0 for Liferay Portal 6 Developers

More than in any other Liferay release, Liferay Portal CE 7.0 centers on you, the developer. Liferay’s platform has been rebuilt, making it easier to build on and maintain, and providing more new...

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OSGi and Modularity for Liferay Portal 6 Developers

To create a powerful, reliable platform for developing modular applications, Liferay sought best-of-breed standards-based frameworks and technologies. It was imperative not only to meet demands for...

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Improved Developer Tooling: Liferay Workspace, Maven Plugins and More

Creating applications is fun when you have the right tools. Here are some key ingredients: Rich templates for stubbing out projects Extensible build environments that offer state-of-the-art plugins...

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Planning Plugin Upgrades and Optimizations

If you’ve explored Liferay Portal CE 7.0’s features and possibly created new portlet modules themes with Liferay’s new tooling and techniques, you may be wondering how you’d upgrade existing...

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Upgrading Plugins to Liferay Portal CE 7.0

The plugin upgrade tutorials guide you through a process of making the minimal changes necessary for existing plugins to work in Liferay Portal CE 7.0. This group of tutorials starts by covering...

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Optimizing Plugins for Liferay Portal CE 7.0

Once you’ve upgraded your plugin to Liferay Portal CE 7.0, you can optimize it to take advantage of all Liferay Portal CE 7.0 offers. If you haven’t yet familiarized yourself with what’s changed...

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Customization with Ext Plugins

Ext plugins are deprecated for Liferay Portal CE 7.0 and should only be used if absolutely necessary. They are deployable to Liferay Portal 7.0 CE GA4+. The following app servers should be used for...

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