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Superficial and unclear,
This review is from: Alfresco Share (Kindle Edition)
This is a review of the paperback edition.
I was hoping that this book would provide more detailed technical coverage of Share than a general Alfresco book such as Professional Alfresco.
However, after an overview chapter, it then spends an entire chapter on Alfresco installation, which is all covered in the free online documentation and wiki.
The explanation of Spring Surf in the next is not very clear, and not detailed enough to be able to do anything useful in terms of customisation. There are many typos and much unclear language - the book does not seem to have been properly proof-read or copy-edited.
There are then several chapters covering the out-of-the-box functionality (user management, workflows, wiki etc), most of which one can learn just by playing with a copy of Alfresco.
Finally we reach Chapter 9 on Configuring Share. This skims over some examples of setting up a custom Content Model and Workflow by pasting some example XML into the right places, but does not explain the underlying content model, so the reader would have no idea what is really going on. These topics take several days to cover on official Alfresco developer training courses. Some useful customisations are included such as hiding the Repository from the Share UI, and customising a template, but this isn't enough to redeem the chapter.
The final chapter covers setting up Eclipse,Ant etc for developing with the Alfresco SDK, and a cursory discussion of JARs and AMPs (Alfresco Module Packages).
In summary, there are a few useful nuggets, but I doubt I'll be referring to this book again.