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Liferay User Interface Development by Frank Yu, Xinsheng Chen, Jonas X. Yuan

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Customization and development strategies

Liferay is, first and foremost, a platform, where you can build your own applications using the tools you feel most comfortable with, such as JSF 2, Icefaces, Struts 2, Spring MVC, Vaadin, jQuery, Dojo, and so on.

Of course, you're not required to write a lot of code for yourself. You can use Service-Builder to generate a lot of code. Generally speaking, the Service-Builder is a tool built by Liferay to automate the creation of interfaces and classes that are used by a given portal or portlets. The Service-Builder is used to build Java services that can be accessed in a variety of ways, including local access from Java code, remote access using web services, and so on.

In general, the Service-Builder is ...

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