Introduction to Liferay APIs

An Application Programming Interface (API) is a protocol that, when invoked, performs an action or set of actions. You can invoke an API from your own code directly through a Java invocation, or through web services. This chapter provides an overview of several essential Liferay APIs available to you for use in developing your Liferay Portal.

Liferay comes with a host of APIs that provide powerful portal and portlet services. The following table shows you the entities for which services are available:

Portal Services | Portlet Services | ——————— | —————————– | User | Documents and Media Library | Organization | Blogs | UserGroup | Wikis | Company | Assets | Role | Social Activity | Permission | | ResourcePermission | | Layout | |

The ability to call Liferay APIs with a Java method or web service invocation gives you the flexibility to implement client code in Java or any language (even a scripting language such as PHP) that supports web service invocations. The APIs can be called from within portlet or non-portlet code. You can make calls to the APIs locally from within the portal or remotely outside of the portal’s Java virtual machine (JVM).

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Finding Services
  • Invoking the API Locally
  • Invoking the API Remotely
  • Service Security Layers
  • SOAP Web Services
  • JSON Web Services
  • Service Context
  • Using Message Bus
  • Device Detection
  • Liferay’s Deprecation Policy

You can find Liferay’s services by searching for them in the Javadocs: http://docs.liferay.com/portal/6.1/javadocs/. Below we’ll show you how to search for portal services and portlet services.

Let’s start by finding a portal service.

« Development ReferenceFinding Portal Services »
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