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Newbie question about creating Aspects

Question asked by richardgundersen on Feb 19, 2008
Latest reply on Feb 20, 2008 by richardgundersen

I've known Alfresco for about 5 hours so sorry if this is a noob question.

I've written an app that accepts XML containing metadata concerning  documents that are already stored in Alfresco. So, say I have a document called 'Company Policies.doc' already in Alfresco, the XML I receive will contain all kinds of arbitrary metadata that I need to store against that doc.

From reading the docs, I think that I need to convert the XML into something called an 'Aspect', and then tell Alfresco to attach this Aspect to the document concerned.

I would really appreciate some guidance for the following:
    1) Is my 'Aspect' theory correct?
    2) My app is based on Spring/Struts. Will the Alfresco web services suit my purposes, or do I need to use the Javascript API? I would prefer to use web services if possible.

I've checked out the SVN code, so I am going to start going down the WS route (some nice examples in SVN that I am going off), but please let me know if I should be using a different approach.

Thanks :)