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TYPO3 4.3 Multimedia Cookbook

By : Dan Osipov, Adrian Zimmerman
Book Image

TYPO3 4.3 Multimedia Cookbook

By: Dan Osipov, Adrian Zimmerman

Overview of this book

TYPO3 is one of the world's leading open source content management systems, written in PHP, which can be used to create and customize your web site. Along with text content, you can display high quality images, audio, and video to your site's visitors by using TYPO3. It is essential to manage various types of multimedia files in content management systems for both editors and the users on the frontend of the site.The book gives you a step-by-step process for organizing an effective multimedia system. It also gives solutions to commonly encountered problems, and offers a variety of tools for dealing with multimedia content. The author's experience in large-scale systems enables him to share his effective solutions to these problems.If you choose to work through all the recipes from the beginning, you will start by setting up a basic web site set up, aimed at future expansion and scalability. Next, you will cover the basics of digital asset management—a major topic important in all enterprises. You can organize user groups because next you will be creating accounts for users and assigning permissions. Then you will jump into metadata—text information describing the multimedia objects—and learn how it can be manipulated in TYPO3. You will embed multimedia on your site when you have read the various methods for embedding mentioned in this book. Before you finish the book you will learn about some advanced topics, such as external API integrations and process automation.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
TYPO3 4.3 Multimedia Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers


Welcome to this book about the vast world of TYPO3 Multimedia! In this book, we will cover various topics that relate to manipulating multimedia objects in the TYPO3 content management system.

In this chapter, we will lay down some expectations for the rest of the book, and set up the environment that we will use for most of the examples used throughout the book.

Expectations and prerequisites

In order to get the most from this book, there are some expectations of prior knowledge and experience. It is assumed that the reader has a good understanding of TYPO3, which can be achieved by reading the introductory tutorials—Inside TYPO3, TYPO3 Core API, and Modern Template Building guide—essential to understanding how TYPO3 works. Basic TypoScript knowledge is required as well.

We will write several extensions in this book; however, we will omit a lot of the details about extension writing, focusing rather on the specifics of the extension. If you're new to extension development in TYPO3, you should look for resources on the subject on TYPO3: Extension Development, Dmitry Dulepov, Packt Publishing is an excellent book that covers all of the prerequisites and much more.

There are multiple ways to achieve anything in TYPO3. The best solution depends on the situation, and generally requires some compromises. This book cannot illustrate the best solution to every problem, but attempts to show various possibilities and approaches to problem solving using practical examples.

Most examples assume you have administrator access to the installation. If you are an editor or a designer, and have a restricted access to the system, you should skip the examples that pertain to developers, or ask your system administrator to provide you appropriate access.

Note on IDE

While all of the examples presented in this book can be completed using standard tools such as a web browser and a text editor, I highly recommend using an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) if you're serious about web development. IDE would save you time, boost your productivity, and provide insight into your application that is simply not possible with standard tools.

There are a variety of PHP IDEs available for various platforms and budgets. Popular products include Komodo IDE, Zend Studio, NetBeans, and Eclipse with PDT plugin. My weapon of choice is NuSphere PhpED, and you may see examples and screenshots throughout the book that make use of the PhpEd platform. The examples can be transposed to the IDE you're using, but this may require looking in the manual or searching online for the detailed description.