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 successess 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.
And then there’s a major upgrade and everything changes.
This can be disheartening, as what was once familiar now seems alien, and what once made you proficient now works differently. But we have good news for you. Liferay Portal CE 7.0 contains lots of improvements for developers; and this tutorial series–or Learning Path–shows you how to make the best of them. You’ll also learn that yes, while a lot of things have changed, they’ve changed for the better, and yet Liferay still works in ways that you’ll find are familiar. In other words, since you already know previous versions of Liferay, you’re several steps ahead of everybody else.
This Learning Path shows Liferay developers all the architectural improvements that Liferay Portal CE 7.0 offers. It describes the benefits of Liferay Portal CE 7.0 for developers compared to previous versions, the changes that modularity brings, how to develop modules and how they differ from plugins, and includes comprehensive tutorials on how to upgrade existing projects.
You’ll be able to apply your existing knowledge of portlet and theme development and portal customization to Liferay Portal CE 7.0 too. To help you upgrade your existing plugins, you’ll see all the options, learn the pros and cons of each, and examine common steps for adapting your plugins to Liferay Portal CE 7.0. Finally, you’ll learn how and when to modularize plugins.
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.
The first thing to examine is what’s changed the most since Liferay Portal 6 and then call out the familiar, good things that remain the same.