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Help with my custom modelling

Question asked by sepgs2004 on May 18, 2015
Latest reply on Jun 18, 2015 by jpotts
Wishes.

[h2]Introduction[/h2]
I have installed Alfresco 5.0. community edition.
I am following this link: http://ecmarchitect.com/alfresco-developer-series-tutorials/content/tutorial/tutorial.html. I read this couple times.
I also purchased this e-book: Alfresco Developer Guide. Chapter 3 is Working with Content Models. This appears very similar to the article written.

Limitation: For now or at least for this objective, I have to work with the Alfresco 5.0. community edition.

[h2]Background & objective[/h2]
I work as a developer in a J2EE product-project. Mostly deployed in JBoss (7.0) for now. Use Eclipse for our development. We have a separate sub-application to deal with documents. Our main product will communicate with this sub-app in a unique and consistent way, then this sub-app will interface with whatever the document management system there is, in this case Alfresco.

Our product has lots of entities (some are related to each other). Each of these entities can have documents associated with them. In the past, as far as I know, based on the needs of our clients, we have integrated (interfaced) with Documentum, KwikTag & Sharepoint. Now we have to interact with Alfresco. This means, Alfresco would be the document repository of our product or application.

We store about a dozen properties, that are custom to our application, on each such document.  These properties, besides storing entity specific information, some of which also serve as a uniquely identifier of a document against an entity, in our application. Through our application, we insert documents with these properties, delete documents, update the properties of these documents, etc.

For programmatically communicating with Alfresco repository, typically we will have one user.

In our sub-application, I have put in open cmis (CMIS1.1) libraries. This is in the intention of communicating with Alfresco repository through CMIS.

[h2]My idea [/h2]
What I have gathered so far by spending time reading the articles, books etc
  • Create a custom document type which extends the cm:document
  • Create an aspect with all our properties
  • Associate this aspect with our custom document type
  • Make sure the Alfresco applications such as the explorer, web application and/or share must know about this custom model. This is so that our client (admin) can manage the documents using the Alfresco application interfaces themselves.
Please let me know if you have a better recommendation.


[h2]Questions[/h2]

Is my idea in the right direction?

In its 2nd Chapter, the book recommends getting the SDK for doing custom modelling. Do I need this and why? Whereas the article does not emphasize much on this. Any comments would be helpful!

I have some confusion regarding the differences between Alfresco 5.0 and 4.2? 
In specific, for Alfresco 5.0, what are the (alfresco) applications that I can deploy (or make aware) this custom type and its aspect, so that these applications are aware of our custom type and aspect.

What is the difference between the (Alfresco) site and space? Are they same?

Space is said to be another name for folder. Is this correct?

Would it be appropriate to create a site for our own application? Can I create a user in Alfresco that can access this created site?
Inside this site, can we create a space (or folder) or multiple folders to hold documents, each folder representing one of our entities?

How can I associate the custom document type with this (Alfresco) site that I am planning to create?



Just few words would help me a lot. I appreciate your help!

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