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Alfresco One 5.x Developer's Guide - second edition by Jeff Potts, Benjamin Chevallereau

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Modeling summary

A content model describes the data being stored in the repository. The content model is critical. Without it, Alfresco would be little more than a file system. Here is a list of key information that the content model provides Alfresco:

  • Fundamental data types and how those data types should persist to the database. For example, without a content model, Alfresco wouldn't know the difference between a string and a date.
  • Higher order data types such as "content" and "folder" as well as custom content types such as "SomeCo Standard Operating Procedure" or "SomeCo Sales Contract".
  • Out-of-the-box aspects such as "auditable" and "classifiable" as well as SomeCo-specific aspects such as "rateable" or "client-related".
  • Properties (or metadata) ...

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