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Managing and Customizing OpenCms 6 by Matthew Butcher

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<pre>Author/s : Matthew Butcher
Publisher : Packt Publishing
Category : Miscellaneous Java
Review by : Gregg Bolinger
Rating : 8 horseshoes
CMS, or Content Management Software, has been around for a while. Over the years, Perl and PHP CMS solutions have reigned supreme. In the past couple of years, a few Java based CMS solutions have started to compete. One of the forerunners is OpenCMS.

Managing and Customizing OpenCms 6 does a decent job of taking the reader through the install process of OpenCMS, creating and publishing content as well as several of its customizable features. There are plenty of screenshots to guide the reader and the author writes in a style that is not over the top technical so it's easy to understand.

I did expect a bit more depth from the book considering the TOC but wasn't really disappointed by the content. A colleague was actually implementing OpenCMS for a client and found the book quite useful during the process.

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I have read this book.This books presents the good overview of OpenCms.Its a good book for beginners and it is more from Administrator perspective where Adminstrator can login the OPenCms web application and manage the contents through the gui.But it lacks the complexity which is required for an enterprise level application.
During one of project i was looking for a complex scenario based on permissions.But this book didn't explain anything about permissions practically.
Still i recommend this book as a starter because there are not many books in the market on OpenCms.The other book is 'OpenCms 7 development' Which explains Java APIs in more depth and is for developers.But this new book assumes you know about OpenCms bit.
Overall i think 8 horseshoe is too much for this book ,7 would be better.
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