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Steve Atwal

Steve Atwal was born in India. He immigrated to Rochester, Kent, England, where his British education and cultural metamorphosis began. His passion in secondary school and college was mathematics. However, while in college in the late 1970s his thoughts turned to computers when he had his first taste of programming with BASIC and Fortran on the college mainframe.

He decided to pursue further studies in the computer sciences by entering into the first year of university at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. He then immigrated to Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, and started his second year of university at the University of Waterloo (a hot bed of talent for Microsoft). He graduated with an honours degree in computer science in 1985. After graduating from university, Steve had one interview at the Toronto Dominion Bank at their head office in Toronto and was immediately accepted before he had finished his interview. Steve worked as a mainframe software engineer for six years in Toronto, for several large well known financial companies like Royal Bank, before moving to Vancouver, Canada. He then moved away from the mainframe world and into the client server and desktop world, where he worked as a consultant for five years for many companies in Vancouver, such as the Vancouver Stock Exchange.

Since 1997, Steve has been helping the University of British Columbia improve the information technology infrastructure for two large departments. To this end, he has been developing IT policies and procedures, capacity planning, chairing and participating in various committees for IT initiatives, preparing for disaster recovery using virtualization technologies, and ensuring that high security of all servers, desktops, and networks is enforced.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (October 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904811280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904811282
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,712,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve grew up in Rochester, Kent, England, and immigrated to Canada in 1980. He graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honors Computer Science degree, and has worked in the information technology industry for over 28 years. He likes to travel to the UK and Ireland. He also enjoys creating products and services that help others.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Meijer on June 4, 2007
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If you already have a Xoops site up and running, this book is not for you. This is a rank beginner's guide to setting up your first website.

I'd figured out how to install and configure Xoops a few months earlier, and got almost nothing out of this book. It's also way too short (I read it in a day) and a lot of space is taken up by large, unnecessary screenshots.

If you skip the first two chapters (overview & installing Xoops) as well as the subsequent screenshots, you're left with under 70 pages of text! Building Websites with Xoops is rather overpriced for what you get.

The author doesn't go into enough detail when going through the popular modules. He just explains the (self-explanitory) functions in the Admin section, without exploring any deeper or giving advice on how you can REALLY customise Xoops.

There's also no info on how to create your own module, which is a pity. The 'Creating your own Themes' chapter is the best one, and happens to be the sample chapter you can download for free.

You're better off learning from the Web.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Keller on May 13, 2007
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This is relatively short book about Xoops. I have never before used Xoops nor anything similar and found this book to be a good quick introduction. The organization of this book probably would not be easy to search for answers to future questions but it can get you started quickly. After reading the book and trying to build a web site I abandoned Xoops. I worried the current dependence of Xoops on tables for layout would lead to re-doing a lot of work when the system changes to use CSS for layout. Perhaps I do not understand how to use Xoops but it also appeared that I would have to put significant time into making modifications to accomplish my goals. The book gave me enough background that I felt I would be able to make the modification to do anything I wanted, but I felt the same amount of time would be better spent on Ruby on Rails.
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I was new to website design and new to XOOPS. I was looking for a place to start and saw this book. It was easy to follow and was full of useful information. As a step by step guide goes for XOOPS this was the best of the two I read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 12, 2007
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really easy to follow and understand especially with me and I am such a newbie so I say its a go.
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