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Paulo Cassiano
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Hi,

I need to create a "website generator", using JEE and some frameworks like Struts and Hibernate. The intended user must be able to change the look'n'feel of his personal website easily and WYSIWYG.

But, I don't know how begin to develop.... :-(

Do you know? Can you send me links or books suggestions that talk about this kind of application?

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They already exist. They are called Content Management Systems (CMS). One example is OpenCMS. There are many others as well and not just in Java.
 
Paulo Cassiano
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OK,

But, for educational porpouses, I need to develop "from scratch"... ;-)

Is the OpenCMS made in Java? Is it source code "de facto" open?

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This doesn't seem to have much to do with Servlets. How are you planning on implementing this program, as a Java Swing app?
 
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Is this for school project? I am not sure why you need to create such a project but seems like you don't know what you are doing at all. To accomplish such a project you need to know the language well, no matter if it's java or .net applications. To learn those language takes 1 year or more time frame.

In other words, you are looking for a short cut that does not exist. If it's school project, it's best to find group partners that might have enough expertise to help you out. Otherwise just drop the class.
 
Paulo Cassiano
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Hi all,

I only would like to know how to create a simple website generator. OK, I already know, I need to study the language, the frameworks an so on. But, I didn't knew this kind of app is so hard to creat "from scratch" :-O

I only want source code to study! Books to read, links to browse and so on ;-)

Best wishes,
 
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Originally posted by Paulo Cassiano:
Hi all,

I only would like to know how to create a simple website generator. OK, I already know, I need to study the language, the frameworks an so on. But, I didn't knew this kind of app is so hard to creat "from scratch" :-O

I only want source code to study! Books to read, links to browse and so on ;-)

Best wishes,



It's a little difficult for anyone here (or on any forum for that matter) to point you in the right direction without knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are.
I don't know of any tutorials specifically for building content management systems.

Since what you're building will ultimately be presented as web pages, you should first start by learning HTML, CSS, and Javascript. You'll need some way to store the content so you'll want to find some tutorials on either JDBC (database programming with Java) or read up on XML parsing and generating (Lenya, which is written on top of Cocoon uses XML for storage, I think). If you're going to do this in Java, you'll want to learn about Servlets and JSP.

If you look around for an open source content management system and/or HTML IDE, you could examine it's code to get an idea how someone else is doing this.

I think this is about the best that someone here can do for you.
 
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