During this last period I read the new book about Alfresco. The book is titled “Alfresco 4 Enterprise Content Management Implementation” and is Published by Packt Publishing.
The book it’s the natural update and evolution of the famous “Alfresco 3 Enterprise Content Management Implementation”, published in June 2009 and today not so updated. And before, of the “Alfresco Enterprise Content Management Implementation”, published in January 2007 by Packt Publishing.
You know, Alfresco features are growing very rapidly, month after month and release after release.
The fact that the book has more than 500 pages and it is written by 8 different authors (all of them are skilled IT professionists of Cignex Datamatics) clearly means that the content is relevant and detailed. Reading this book, infact, you will find that the content is not so narrative but oriented on practical topics and solutions.
The goal of the authors is relevant: explain Alfresco to IT specialists, starting from scratch and diving deep in the user experience, the customization, the development and the administration. Not bad in a single book!
The book is not specifically for developers (like the authors says) but for administrators, experienced users, developers, in particular for IT consultants.
I have found the description of the installation of the so called “Alfresco bundle” release together with the installation of all the Alfresco components, very useful because it’s not so easy to find, around in the web.
Very interesting, in my opinion, the description of the workflow using Activiti (JBPM is not described even if it supported by Alfresco 4) because it is concrete, developing practical examples for real life cases.
Last but not least, one final consideration about the explanation strategy: in my opinion too much descriptions are developed on Alfresco Explorer. We all know that Alfresco Explorer won’t be improved by Alfresco developers and Alfresco Share is the “modern” user interface. I think could be a good idea, for the next edition of the book, to move the most part of the examples (and images) to it.
In conclusion, I suggest this book to all the people that are not Alfresco Experts but would like to understand better what Alfresco is and how Alfresco works, with a good level of detail.
Have a good read during the next holidays. 😉