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Building Websites with Joomla! A step by step tutorial to getting your Joomla! CMS website up fast Paperback – March 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1904811947 ISBN-10: 1904811949 Edition: ISBN 1-904811-94-9

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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing; ISBN 1-904811-94-9 edition (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904811949
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904811947
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,177,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hagen Graf was born in July 1964. Born and raised in Lower Saxony, Germany, his first contact with a computer was in the late seventies with a Radioshack TRS 80. As a salesperson, he organized his customers' data by programming suitable applications. This gave him a big advantage over other salesmen. With the intention of honing his skills, he joined evening courses in programming and became a programmer. Nowadays he works in his wife's consulting company as a trainer, consultant, and programmer (http://www.cocoate.com). Hagen Graf has published other books in German, about the Apache web server, about security problems in Windows XP, about Mambo, and about Drupal. Since 2001, he has been engaged in a nonprofit e-learning community called "machm-it.org e.V.", as well as in several national and international projects. All the projects are related to content management, community building, and harnessing the power of social software like wikis and weblogs. He chose Joomla! CMS because of its simplicity and easy-to-use administration. You can access and comment on his blog (http://www.bloghouse.org/en/hagen).

Customer Reviews

Even that is not in much detail.
Robert J. Tezyk
I can go on and on, but to make a long story short save your money.
Pete
There is no tutorial here, there is no step-by-step here.
Marc S. Shiman

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J. Cato on August 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
My hope was that the book would do what the Editorial Review said i.e. walk you through the creation of your own website. It does not. It does walk you one by one through every possible menu item etc, although again not in a particularly useful order. As others have said, most of what is there is already available in the online help. It would have been much better to have gone though the process of building a site to show the user all of the steps involved from planning to implementing to refining...

My other major complaint is one of the legibility of the screenshots - of which there are very many. They are presented at a size where it is very difficult to read the text on them, although this is important to understanding the book.

There are other brief niggles, the language is strange in some portions, and there is one point where the author refers the user to a very good online tutorial in German (can't really think why a professional editor would let that get through.)

Lastly, the price is rather high for a computer book - maybe it would be better value if a real example based tutorial were added.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Marc S. Shiman on February 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this as a book and a download based on the editorial description. Just as the other reviewers said (I wish I had read them before I bought the book from Packt website!!!), the editorial description is misleading. All this book does is list the various menu items and options and VERY BRIEFLY describes what they do. There is no tutorial here, there is no step-by-step here.

Honestly, I played with the software for a few hours before I bought the book and I felt I was already way ahead of what was written here. Bitterly disappointed.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Walter Stoneburner on May 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
Having downloaded and installed Joomla without incident, I played around with the administration pages enough to get a feel of what was going on: there were templates that had places to put sections, which contained various categories, that contained content. After convincing myself Joomla! was exactly what I wanted, there were three tasks I wanted to get into immediately. 1) Removing the example junk from the page (e.g., "powered by Joomla!" and its banners). 2) Customize my own templates. 3) Inject some of my own PHP. Given that I'm familiar with Linux, Apache, MySQL, HTML/XML/XSLT/CSS, and PHP, all I needed was some simple documentation to show me where to start and how the architects laid out the system so that I could make modules that were Joomla! friendly.

This book totally failed to live up to the task.

There's something slightly off about the author's command of the English language. Word choices don't seem quite right, the analogies are obtuse and unnecessarily complicated, he gets overly excited about non-issues, and there's inconsistency between diagrams and corresponding code. (e.g, a picture will show something as a "section", but the HTML will show it as a "part" -- very confusing when it's unclear if this code is related to that picture).

The book does a half-way decent job of walking through each menu item, which is an extensive feature list. Problem is, the book is already dated, and the descriptions aren't that much more detailed than the text hints provided on Joomla! pages themselves.

The section that talks about creating templates instead presents a horrible and incomplete example of basic HTML, no where getting to what you need to know to make an actual template.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Iztok Klancar on August 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
As one of the previous reviewers mentioned - the book does not cover anything more than one would be able to find on Joomla! forums. I was disappointed by the size - although the structure seems to be good and the chapters cover every aspect of Joomla!, the author does not bother to go into details and present explanations that would go beyond the Joomla! forums or their help service.

Besides the quantity, the print (it seems to be printed through a laser printer) and the design just do not go together with the price. Most of the space is cluttered up with huge screenshots that would not have to be so big if the print quality would be better thus leaving much less space for more thourough explanations.

For the same price one can find better manuals with more text written with the conscience that the writer should be creative in understanding how to help beginners and not just copying the texts that are already available online.

This is the most disappointing buy of a software manual in this year for me and I strongly suggest customers to wait for a better book and be satisfied with the extensive Joomla! help service.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert Speer on April 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is worth the $40+ dollars I paid for it b/c I believe it will save me time messing when compared with the rather frustrating online documentation for Joomla!

The text is an introductory one and focused primarily on NON-PROGRAMMERS. It reads much like the manual that should be in the Joomla! online documentation, but isn't yet. It is true that you can muddle through the Joomla! program and get most things figured out, but this book will help you do it quicker.

What it will be really good for is to loan it to clients I've installed Joomla! for so they can quickly get up to speed on what most things do. There are so many options in Joomla! it can be overwhelming at first and this guide helps break it down into bite sized pieces.

What it isn't, and I sooo wish it was, is a particularly effective guide on how to program components, modules, and mambots. It can be done from the information provided but I like to understand every little thing before I start programming and that is not the case here. It is after all an introductory text.

The spelling errors and language issues mentioned in another post are isolated to the Preface, Chapter 1, & Chapter 3. Page 2 has fro instead of for. Chapter 1 pages 16 & 17 show some example sites in German & Norwegian, however the language is unimportant since it's the style I was concerned with. Page 50 mentions a tutorial in German, not real useful, however since I understand how to work a search engine I'm pretty sure I can find the htaccess information I need.

I would definitely buy a intermediate/advanced version of this book. There is an Apress book coming out in August about Joomla! I hope that will fulfill that product niche.
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