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Liferay in Action: The Official Guide to Liferay Portal Development by Richard Sezov, Jr.

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Foreword

During the mid to late 1990s, portals emerged with the promise to help bring together applications seamlessly via a unified user interface. As a result, many software developers today still maintain that preconception of the word portal.

Although that definition of a portal still holds true, I believe the meaning has shifted to something more encompassing. My colleagues describe it as a “convergence” in which traditionally horizontally separated web applications are now beginning to converge within the portal as components of the portal. Portals like Liferay are now comprehensive, ready-to-deploy solutions that include adjacent capabilities, such as social collaboration, content management, and business process management. And in parallel ...

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