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Building Websites with OpenCms: A practical guide to understanding and working with this proven Java/JSP-based content management system Paperback – 7 Aug 2004

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (30 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904811043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904811046
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,229,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Matt Butcher is the principal consultant for Aleph-Null, Inc. (, where he specializes in content management systems, Linux system integration, and Open Source technologies. He has been an active participant in Open Source technologies for over a decade. Along with Learning Drupal 6, Matt has also written Mastering OpenLDAP, Managing and Customizing OpenCms 6, and Building Websites with OpenCms, all of which are published by Packt. When not pushing bits, Matt likes to explore Colorado with his wife and three daughters.

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I was very much looking forward to this book being published. The previously available documentation for OpenCMS was patchy, and didn't go into any detail on the interesting stuff that it is capable of.
Unfortunately, this book has done nothing to remedy this situation. It goes into some detail on the stuff that, frankly, was obvious to start with. The hard stuff, however, is either mentioned only in passing, or not at all.
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HASH(0x8b17b9d8) out of 5 stars Wasted Trees 11 Oct. 2005
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Format: Paperback
Sorry to disappoint the prospective buyer, this book is a waste of your time. It covers Opencms 5.0.? the most recent version of Opencms 6.0? as of today is much different, the API has changed a lot. The book is 262 pages on really bad quality paper and first few chapters are really basic that describe the various UI features in Opencms.

Certain chapters like Chapter 5 that describe the Opencms architecture are nothing but list a list of package descriptions and mind you the package names have changed... what a waste ?

I rate it at two stars only because there is no other book on Opencms, else I would say it is one star.
HASH(0x8c92c5b8) out of 5 stars has learning curve 2 Dec. 2004
By W Boudville - Published on
Format: Paperback
Once upon a time (10 years ago), content management programs were expensive proprietary packages. But recently, the open source movement has produced OpenCMS. However, though it is free, the complexity of usage can be high. And the documentation that comes with it is too daunting for many would-be users.

Butcher offers you a more pleasant alternative with this book. He writes for a programmer familiar with XML and Java. Plus, you should also have some knowledge of JSP for making dynamic HTML pages for websites. While JSPs are powerful, they don't allow for multiple authors to edit and publish HTML pages, or for a versioning system to mediate access to these pages. This needs extra code interacting with the JSPs. In a nutshell, OpenCMS does this.

The book walks through the usage. Many screen captures of the browser interface that is how the users access it. No fancy effects, like with Flash or Dreamweaver. But all the essentials are present and described by Butcher.

He also discusses the back end database that the web server for OpenCMS uses. A fair amount of customising is possible here; with concomitant complexity. But if your website is not "too" large, you may be able to avoid dealing with many details of the database. [Just remember to regularly back it up to tape or CD!]
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