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Liran Tal

Liran Tal is a leading software developer, an expert Linux engineer, and an avid supporter of the open source movement. In 2007, he redefined the network RADIUS management by establishing daloRADIUS, a world-recognized and industry-leading open source project. Liran currently works at HP Software, leading the development team on a Drupal-based collaboration platform in HP's Live Network R&D group. At HPLN, Liran plays a key role in system architecture design, shaping the technology strategy from planning and development to deployment and maintenance in HP's IaaS cloud. Acting as the technological focal point, he loves mentoring his team mates, providing a drive for better code methodology and seekout innovative solutions to support business strategies. He graduated cum laude in his Bachelor of Business and Information Systems Analysis studies and enjoys spending time with his beloved wife and soul mate Tal, playing his guitar, hacking all things Linux, and continuously experimenting and contributing to open source projects.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (July 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849516081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849516082
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,430,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Liran Tal is leading the R&D engineering team for HP Software's enterprise content market place, distribution, and collaboration platform, where he strives for improved agile software development by adopting scrum processes, creating multi-national feature teams, and managing the group's agile workflow through HP's Agile Manager software tool. He loves mentoring and empowering team members, drive for better code methodology, and seek out innovative solutions to support business strategies.

In his group, Liran plays a key role in system architecture design, shaping the technology strategy from planning and development to deployment and maintenance in HP's IaaS cloud, spanning a combined technology stack of Drupal/PHP, Java, and NodeJS.

Being an avid supporter and contributor to the open source movement, in 2007 he has redefined network RADIUS management by founding, and developing daloRADIUS, a world-recognized and industry-leading open source project (http://www.daloradius.com).
In his spare time, Liran is a top contributor to the open source MEAN.io, and MEAN.js full stack JavaScript frameworks. Expert in Drupal, he previously authored the book Drupal 7 Media, and technically reviewed more than half a dozen other book titles about Drupal, MongoDB, and NodeJS.

Liran graduated cum laude in his Bachelor of Business and Information Systems Analysis studies and enjoys spending his time with his beloved wife Tal, and his magical son Ori. Amongst other things, his hobbies include playing the guitar, hacking all things Linux, and continuously experimenting and contributing to open source, and web development projects.

You can connect with him at http://www.linkedin.com/in/talliran or e-mail him at liran@enginx.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sammy Spets on September 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
Throughout the many years I've been working with Drupal there have been countless variations on how to add media into a Drupal website. Thankfully, Drupal is maturing its media subsystem into greatness.

Drupal 7 Media gives us a glimpse into the future of that subsystem. At the time of writing this review the subsystem is still in heavy development yet it is stable enough to use it on a live site.

Recently, I was faced with the huge learning curve when building a site using the new media subsystem, which is when I looked for a book to fast track myself. Successful I was thanks to this title.

Drupal 7 Media is great for experienced and beginner site builders alike though I feel it's a little verbose for the former. Reading this book was far more convenient than combing through countless posts on drupal.org to find the information I needed. Saved me loads of time and frustration. Saved money for my clients too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oguntunde Toyin on January 7, 2014
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I chose "5 stars" because the book is just wonderful for Drupal on learning multimedia. It's concise and straight forward, stating what was done and the reasons why they were done. No assumptions (i.e assuming that reader(s) must have known this or that) at all. It's detail and precept after precept. The only thing which I think the writer(s) can look into is a few "miss outs" in steps to follow which was easy for me to figure out and actually it worked out well even though I was a first timer on Drupal.

I will recommend it for NEWBIES on Drupal because everything there in was detail and clear.
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I've just finished the book Drupal 7 Media and I would define it like a good guide to introduce us in the world of media content, HTML5, or semantic web, from a Drupal's perspective. You can get it from [...] and is edited by Packt Publishing

The author is Liran Tal who has currently worked at HP Software with a Drupal-based platform.

The first chapters talk about first steps with Drupal, explaining the Drupal's architecture and the Drupal's way of work. If you have knowledge of blocks, views, etc, you can avoid read it without fear.

In the third chapter, Lian starts talking about images in Drupal, the form to install a rich text editor like wysiwyg and media module.

He also explains other modules around media, like the one to build image galleries.

I missed some words about media and json formats to embed image into a textarea, and also something about migrate module to import text contents, extracting img tags to media fields.

Next, he talks about HTML5 and how to start using it in Drupal.

In the next chapters he explains us how to use video and audio content in our sites.

We'll see how easy we can incorporate youtube videos, etc.

He also writes about RDFa and microdata, quite interesting this chapter to learn more about these terms that are gaining importance in the web development.

Last month, I assisted to DrupalCamp Spain in Cáceres and I attended to a session ([...] on semantic web, which was presented in a module in dev state that uses Apache Stanbol, Apache Marmotta and Apache Solr with Redlink project.

I really think this module was good and I guess that it will be mentioned in the future in other chapters like this.
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With Drupal 7, the Media module seems to be the consensus approach to images, audio and video. Sadly the documentation for the Media module on drupal.org is thin.

Drupal 7 Media addresses the need for thorough documentation for using images, audio and video in Drupal 7 (and Drupal 8 when it is released). The first two chapters are a basic review of Drupal components that is not media specific. Chapter three covers images and WYSIWYG, although the author doesn’t cover some of the more advanced WYSIWYG configuration most site builders may want to incorporate in their sites. Chapter four covers HTML5 and Drupal, setting the stage for using the Media module to include video in chapter five. Chapter six covers audio in more detail than I have seen anywhere. Chapter seven, on microdata, data visualization and responsive web design is a bit out of place with the rest of the book. Chapter eight covers some additional image handling that probably would be better placed after chapter three. The last chapter is a obligatory nod to Drupal 8, which will be released at some point in the next year.

The book is mostly for site builders, although starting in chapter six there are PHP code examples that are useful, although pretty basic. The author makes numerous references to CCK (Content Construction Kit) in a Drupal 7 book which is confusing given the CCK was incorporated into Drupal core in version 7 as fields and the CCK module for Drupal 7 is a compatibility conversion module and rarely used in most Drupal 7 sites.

By far the most disappointing aspect of the book is the horrible editing. There are frequent punctuation errors, with misplaced commas completely changing the meaning of sentences. There are many spelling or typographical errors.

Despite the editing, the book is useful for Drupal site builders. Even experienced Drupal developers will find the book useful.
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