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Oracle WebCenter Content

11g: Content Server

Student Guide - Volume I

Edition 1.0
May 2012


Copyright 2012, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

Saskia Nehls


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Course Overview
Course Objectives 1-2
Types of Users 1-4
Target Audience 1-5
Course Units 1-6
Course Schedule 1-7
Classroom Guidelines 1-10
Course Practices 1-11
For Further Information 1-12
Finding the Documentation for Oracle WebCenter Content 1-13
Oracle Learning Library (OLL) 1-14
Related Training 1-15

Customization Overview
Objectives 2-2
Terminology: Before and After Rebranding 2-3
Rebranding Impact 2-4
Oracle WebCenter 2-5
Customization Types 2-6
User Interface 2-7
Functionality 2-8
Functionality: Quota Example 2-9
Layout: Top Menus Versus Trays 2-10
Summary 2-11
Practice 2: Overview 2-12

Customization Overview
Objectives 3-2
Oracle WebCenter Content Architecture 3-3
Fusion Architecture and the Oracle WebCenter Content Server 3-5
Content Server Behavior 3-6
Oracle WebCenter Content Server Startup 3-7
Caching by Reference and by Definition 3-8
WebCenter Content and Service-Oriented Architecture 3-9
Parameters in the URL 3-10


Services: Usage and Concepts 3-12

DataBinder 3-13
DataBinder: Services 3-14
DataBinder: Service Call 3-15
DataBinder: Service Execution 3-17
DataBinder: Service Return 3-18
Directory Structure 3-19
Directory Structure: Terminology for Content Server Directories 3-20
Directory Structure <IdcHomeDir> 3-21
Directory Structure <IntradocDir> 3-22
Resource Types Used in Oracle WebCenter Content 3-23
Server Components: Location in the File System 3-24
Custom Components: Location in the File System 3-25
Summary 3-26
Practice 3: Overview 3-27

Using the Component Wizard

Objectives 4-2
Oracle WebCenter Content Server: Customization Capabilities 4-3
What Is a Component? 4-4
Advantages of Components 4-5
Component Wizard: Overview 4-6
Component Wizard: Advantages 4-7
Component Wizard: Component List 4-8
Component Wizard: Installation Components 4-9
Component Wizard: Defining a Default HTML Editor 4-12
Launch Editor Buttons 4-13
Component Wizard: Editing the Readme File 4-14
Packaging (Building) a Component 4-15
Package Components: Build Settings (manifest.hda) 4-16
Package Components: Build ( 4-19
Tag Filtering 4-21
File Location of Custom Components 4-22
Subdirectories of /custom /ComponentName 4-23
Subdirectories of /custom /ComponentName/resources 4-24
Subdirectories of /custom /ComponentName/templates 4-25
Components Files 4-26
Components Files: Resource Files 4-27
File Types 4-29
HDA and HTM File Types 4-30
HDA File Structure 4-32


HDA File Structure: Sections 4-33

HDA File Structure Section: @Properties LocalData 4-34
HDA File Structure Section: @ResultSet 4-35
HDA File Structure Section: @ResultSet Example 4-36
HDA File Structure: @ResultSet Scores Example 4-37
Summary 4-38
Practice 4: Overview 4-39

Using Idoc Script

Objectives 5-2
Idoc Script: Overview 5-3
Idoc Script: Elements 5-4
Idoc Script Syntax: Code 5-5
Idoc Script Syntax: Comments 5-6
Variables 5-7
Defining Variables 5-8
Variables 5-9
Referencing Variables 5-10
Variables 5-11
Predefined Variables 5-12
Predefined Variables: Common Metadata Fields 5-13
Referencing a Variable 5-14
Idoc Script Elements 5-15
Functions 5-16
Functions and Parameters 5-17
Examples of Commonly Used Functions 5-18
Functions: Example 5-20
Idoc Script Elements 5-21
Conditionals 5-22
Conditional Statements: if Statement 5-23
Conditional Statements: if...else Statement 5-24
Conditional Statements: if...elseif...else Statement 5-25
Conditional Statements: Example 5-26
Operators and Wildcards 5-27
Operators and Wildcards: Using Operators to Compare Integers 5-28
Operators and Wildcards 5-29
Operators and Wildcards: Special String Operators 5-30
Operators and Wildcards 5-31
Operators and Wildcards: Binary (Numeric) Operators 5-32
Operators and Wildcards 5-33
Operators and Wildcards: Boolean Operators 5-34

Idoc Script Elements 5-35

Looping 5-36
ResultSet Looping 5-37
ResultSet Looping: Special Considerations 5-38
ResultSet Looping: Example 5-39
While Looping 5-40
Idoc Script Elements 5-41
HTML Includes 5-42
HTML Includes: Characteristics 5-43
HTML Includes: Defining an HTML Include 5-44
Calling an HTML Include: include Keyword 5-45
Calling an HTML Include from an HTM Template File: Example 5-46
HTML Includes: super Tag 5-47
Summary 5-49
Practice 5: Overview 5-50

Building a Component
Objectives 6-2
Glue File 6-3
Understanding the Glue File: ComponentName.hda 6-4
Understanding the Glue File: @ResultSet ResourceDefinition 6-5
Resource Type: Environment 6-6
Environment Resource: componentname_environment.cfg 6-7
Environment Resource: forcechoice_environment.cfg 6-9
Summary 6-13
Practice 6: Overview 6-14

Building a Component
Objectives 7-2
Resource Type: Resource Overview 7-3
Resource Type: Resource 7-4
Resource Types: Categories 7-5
Resource Type Resource: HTML Includes 7-6
Modifying an HTML Include: Adding Information to the Footer 7-7
Resource Type Resource: Localization Strings 7-11
Localization Strings 7-12
Localization Strings: Defining a String 7-14
Localization Strings: Workflow Applet 7-15
Quiz 7-16
Localization Strings 7-17
Localization Strings Example: Workflow Applet 7-18


Summary 7-21
Practice 7 Overview


Building a Component
Objectives 8-2
Resource Type: Query 8-3
Query Resource 8-4
Query Resource: Query Definition Table 8-5
QdocInfo Query 8-7
Database Tables: Creating a Database Connection 8-8
Use Case: Retrieving Content Types 8-11
Quiz 8-15
Summary 8-16
Practice 8: Overview 8-17

Building a Component
Objectives 9-2
Resource Type: Service 9-3
Service Resource 9-4
Requests and Responses Between Content Management System Elements 9-5
Service Resource: Service Definition Table 9-6
Investigating an Existing Service: CHECKIN_LIST 9-7
Service Example: CHECKIN_LIST Name 9-8
Service Example: CHECKIN_LIST Attributes 9-9
Service Example: CHECKIN_LIST Attributes (Access Levels) 9-10
Service Example: CHECKIN_LIST Attributes 9-12
Service Example: CHECKIN_LIST Actions 9-14
Service Example: CHECKIN_LIST Actions (Action Types) 9-15
Service Example: CHECKIN_LIST Actions (Action) 9-17
Service Example: CHECKIN_LIST Actions (Parameters) 9-18
Service Example: CHECKIN_LIST Actions (Control Mask) 9-19
Service Example: CHECKIN_LIST Actions (Error Message) 9-21
Use Case: Retrieving Content Types 9-22
Quiz 9-25
Use Case: Retrieving Content Types 9-26
Use Case: Retrieving Content Types (Test I) 9-28
Use Case: Retrieving Content Types (Test II) 9-29
Use Case: Retrieving Content Types (Test III) 9-30
Summary 9-31
Practice 9: Overview 9-32


10 Building a Component
Objectives 10-2
Resource Type: Templates 10-3
Resource Type: Templates componentname_templates.hda 10-4
Resource Type: Templates new_template_page1.htm 10-5
Template Resource Definition File: templates.hda 10-6
Understanding the Template Resource File: @ResultSet IntradocTemplates 10-7
Investigating the Displayed Template Page 10-8
Template Page File Example: Check In Page 10-12
Example: Check In Page <$include std_doctype_html_decl$> <$include
checkin_body_def$> 10-13
Example: Check In Page <$include std_checkin_html_head_declarations$> 10-14
Example: Check In Page <$include checkin_page_content$> 10-15
Use Case: Displaying Content Types 10-16
Use Case: Displaying Content Types: Edit Query 10-17
Use Case: Retrieving Content Types: Add Template 10-18
Use Case: Displaying Content Types: Edit Template 10-22
Use Case: Displaying Content Types: Edit Service 10-24
Use Case: Displaying Content Types: Idoc Script Code 10-25
MergeRules 10-27
MergeRules: Link to Component Wizard 10-30
Quiz 10-31
Summary 10-32
Practice 10 Overview 10-33
11 Building a Component
Objectives 11-2
Overview 11-3
Use Case: Modifying the Actions Menu 11-4
Determining the Resources to Change 11-6
Determining the Code to Modify 11-10
Solutions to the Use Case 11-15
Determining the Resources to Change 11-16
Determining the Code to Modify 11-20
Summary 11-25
Practice 11 Overview 11-26
12 Customizing the Interface
Objectives 12-2
Navigation Concepts: Differences Between 10g and 11g Menus 12-3


Navigation Widget Naming 12-4

Writing Components That Are Compatible with Both 10g and 11g
Content Server 12-5
11g Navigation Engine Reference 12-6
DynamicData Tables: CoreMenuItems 12-7
DynamicData Tables: CoreMenuItemRelationships 12-9
DynamicData Tables: CoreMenuItemsFlags 12-11
List of Flags 12-12
DynamicData Tables: CoreMenuItemsFlags 12-15
DynamicData Tables: CoreMenuItemsImages 12-16
DynamicData Tables: CoreMenuItemsDynamicLoadCallbacks 12-18
DynamicData Tables: CoreMenuItemsExitLinks 12-19
DynamicData Tables: CoreMenuItemsTrayDocLinks 12-20
LinkType 12-21
Global JavaScript Vars 12-22
Navigation Widget Naming During and After Rendering 12-23
Navbuilder Backward Compatibility 12-24
NewLayout Component 12-27
Outline for the Layout Customization Procedure 12-28
Installing and Enabling the NewLayout Component 12-29
Outline for the Layout Customization Procedure 12-30
NewLayout Component: Modifying the Navigation 12-31
Creating a New Page Template 12-32
Adding a New Node to the My Content Server Tray 12-34
Moving an Existing Navigation Link 12-36
Changing the Criteria a Navigation Link 12-37
Changing the Icon for a Navigation Link in Tree Display 12-38
Outline for the Layout Customization Procedure 12-39
Summary 12-40
Practice 12: Overview 12-41
13 Customizing the Interface
Objectives 13-2
Layouts and Skins: User Interface Purpose and Benefits 13-3
Directory Structure 13-4
Out-of-Box Files Associated with Layouts 13-5
Customizing Layouts: new_layout.js 13-7
Content Server Layouts 13-9
Content Server Skins 13-10
Content Server Layout-Skin Combinations 13-11
Customizing the User Interface of Oracle WebCenter Content 13-15


Outline for the Layout Customization Procedure 13-16

Types of Publishing 13-17
Static Publishing 13-18
Dynamic Publishing 13-19
Examining the NewLayout Component: newlayout_resource.htm 13-20
Static Published Files: DataNewLayout_Layouts 13-21
Static Published Files: NewLayout_LayoutSkinPairs 13-22
Static Published Files: NewLayout_PublishedStaticFiles 13-23
Dynamic Published Files: NewLayout_PublishedWeblayoutFiles 13-24
dynamicdata Resource Include 13-25
Dynamicdata Resource Include Table Formats: htmltable 13-26
dynamicdata Resource Include Table Formats: commatable 13-27
Dynamic Data: LayoutRenderModes 13-28
CSS Implementation 13-29
Dynamic Data: css_metadata 13-30
Dynamic Data: css_new_layout_new_skin 13-31
Dynamic Data: css_vars_new_layout_new_skin 13-32
Localization Strings: newlayout_strings.htm 13-33
Outline for the Layout Customization Procedure 13-34
Modifying the NewLayout Component: Editing the Banner Title Text 13-35
Modifying the NewLayout Component: Modifying the Banner Image 13-36
Outline for the Layout Customization Procedure 13-39
Summary 13-40
Practice 13: Overview 13-41
14 Advanced Customization of the Core Oracle WebCenter Content Server
Objectives 14-2
Troubleshooting 14-3
Viewing Content Server Template Page Data 14-4
Troubleshooting Method Example: &IsPageDebug=1 14-5
Monitoring Resource Loading via Configuration Settings 14-6
Monitoring Resource Loading Example: TraceResourceLoad 14-8
Monitoring Resource Loading Example: TraceResourceLoad 14-11
<$trace("marker code", "#log")$> <$trace("marker code", "#console")$> 14-14
Idoc Script Functions Example: <$trace("marker code", "#log")$> 14-16
DataBinder 14-18
DataBinder: Variable Substitution Order 14-19
Idoc Script Keywords 14-21
Quiz 14-23
Summary 14-24

15 Advanced Customization of the Core Oracle WebCenter Content Server

Objectives 15-2
Overview 15-3
Page Flags 15-4
Attributes 15-5
compute_std_field_overrides Include 15-7
super.compute_std_field_overrides Incorrectly Placed Before Custom Code 15-8
super.compute_std_field_overrides Correctly Placed After Custom Code 15-9
Summary 15-10
16 Advanced Customization of the Core Oracle WebCenter Content Server
Objectives 16-2
The Power of Dynamic Server Pages 16-3
Four Unique File Types: Syntax 16-4
Sample Dynamic Server Pages 16-5
Advantages of Dynamic Server Pages 16-6
*.idoc 16-7
*.hcst 16-8
*.hcsp 16-9
Using Custom Includes from an *.idoc File: docLoadResourceIncludes() 16-10
Using Custom Includes on Dynamic Server Pages:
docLoadResourceIncludes() 16-12
Use Case: Custom Dynamic New Checkin Page 16-14
Use Case: Custom Dynamic New Check-In Page 16-17
Retrieving Database Information on a Page 16-20
Use Case: Content Information 16-22
Quiz 16-25
Summary 16-26
Practice 16: Overview 16-27
17 Advanced Customization of the Core Oracle WebCenter Content Server
Objectives 17-2
Advantages of Using Content Server Forms 17-3
Lifecycle of a Form 17-5
Creating Content Server Forms 17-7
Load Section 17-8
Data Section 17-9
Presentation Section: Body of the HTML Page 17-10
Presentation Section: Initializing the Form and Defining Its Properties 17-11
Presentation Section: Form vs. Submitted File 17-13


Presentation Section: Setting the Attributes for Each Form Field 17-14
Sample Form: std_display_field Include 17-16
A Sample Form: Standard HTML Form Fields 17-17
A Sample Form: HTML Radio Buttons 17-18
A Sample Form: HTML Check Boxes 17-19
A Sample Form: Form Variables 17-20
Recommendations 17-21
Security Token: idc_token_form_field 17-22
Summary 17-23
Practice 17: Overview 17-24
18 Advanced Customization of the Core Oracle WebCenter Content Server
Objectives 18-2
Java Topics Covered in This Course 18-3
Why Do I Need Java Code? 18-4
Four Types of Java Customization 18-5
Your First Java Application: HelloWorld 18-7
Java Source Files 18-8
Compiling and Running a Simple Java Program 18-9
Grouping and Deploying the Class Files 18-10
Starting Oracle JDeveloper 18-11
Overview of Workspaces, Projects, and Files 18-12
Creating an Application 18-13
Creating a Project 18-14
Creating a Java Class 18-15
Implementing and Running the Java Class 18-16
Creating Inheritance: The Superclass 18-17
Creating Inheritance: The Subclass 18-18
Overriding Methods 18-19
Testing Inheritance Behavior 18-20
Summary 18-21
Practice 18 Overview: Creating a Java Application and a Class Hierarchy 18-22
19 Advanced Customization of the Core Oracle WebCenter Content Server
Objectives 19-2
HowTo Component 11g 19-3
Add New Functionality by Creating A Custom Service Class 19-4
Creating a Custom Java Component For a New Service Class 19-5
Key Service Class Objects 19-6
Working with the DataBinder 19-7
Retrieving Service Parameters 19-8


Accessing the Java Class Library 19-9

Creating the Custom Service Java Class 19-10
Viewing the Custom Server Sample Code 19-11
Creating the Deployment Profile 19-12
Specifying the Java Archive Location and Name 19-13
Generating the Java Archive 19-14
Creating the New Component 19-15
Adding a New Service Component 19-16
Adding the Service Table Information and Service 19-17
Adding the Java Method to the Service 19-18
Enabling the Service Component 19-19
Adding the Java Archive to the Service Classpath 19-20
Creating a Folder and Copying the Java Archive 19-21
Testing the New Service Component 19-22
Summary 19-23
Practice 19: Overview 19-24
20 Advanced Customization of the Core Oracle WebCenter Content Server
Objectives 20-2
Uses of Custom Idoc Script 20-3
Viewing the Results of the NewIdocScript Sample Component 20-4
Examining the Component Files 20-5
NewIdocScript.hda LocalData and MergeRules ResultSet 20-6
new_idoc_script_extensions.htm 20-7 and NewScriptExtensions.class 20-8
Example: Adding a New Idoc Script Function Reverse() 20-10
Editing the Directory Structure of the NewIdocScript Component 20-11
Loading the NewIdocScript Component in JDeveloper 20-12
Verifying the Source Paths and Default Package 20-16
Loading the Content Server Java Classes 20-17
Editing Adding the Reverse() Function 20-20
Editing the Content Server Template Page: idoc_script_test_page.htm 20-21
Deploying Your Project 20-22
Verifying Your Customization 20-26
Summary 20-27
Practice 20: Overview 20-28
21 Using Java to Customize Oracle WebCenter Content Server
Objectives 21-2
What Is a Filter? 21-3
Filter Events (Triggers) 21-4


Filter Objects 21-6

FilterImplementor Interface 21-7
doFilter()Return Values 21-8
Sample Component DynamicPrefix 21-9
Examining the Component Files 21-10
DynamicPrefix.hda and dynamic_prefix_environment.cfg files 21-12 (without comments) 21-13
Summary 21-14
Practice 21: Overview 21-15


22 Using Java to Customize Oracle WebCenter Content Server

Objectives 22-2
Service Classes Versus Service Handlers 22-3
Important ServiceHandler Objects 22-4
Extending a Custom Service Class Component 22-5
Existing Java Source File 22-6
Create Custom ServiceHandler 22-7
Register the New Class Files 22-8
Merging HelloWorld_ServiceHandlers into ServiceHandlers ResultSet 22-9
HelloWorld_ServiceHandlers 22-10
Cached ServiceHandlers 22-11
Resulting merged ServiceHandlers 22-12
Adding an Existing Service to the Component 22-13
Creating a Custom Java ServiceHandler 22-14
Viewing the Custom Server Sample Code 22-15
Updating the Java Archive 22-16
Editing the HelloWorld Component: Adding a Resource 22-17
Adding the ServiceHandler Table Information 22-18
Updating the ServiceHandler Table 22-19
Editing MergeRules in the Glue File 22-20
Editing an Existing Service 22-21
Adding the Java Method to an Existing Service 22-23
Testing the Results 22-24
Method Search Order 22-25
Improving Forward Compatibility: Chaining Service Handlers 22-26
Updating the ServiceHandler Table 22-27
Summary 22-28
Practice 22: Overview 22-29


A Continuing Your Education and Further Reading

Where Do You Go from Here? A-2
Continuing Education Resources A-3
Oracle University A-4
Continuing Your Education A-5
Oracle Technology Network A-6
Oracle Learning Library A-7
Oracle Learning Channel A-8
Oracle Magazine A-9
Oracle Technology Network Community A-10
Technical Support: My Oracle Support A-11
Oracle WebCenter Content Product Page A-12
Oracle Certification Program A-13
Thank You! A-14