9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2009
I have been waiting for this book to come out for months, since I first heard that it was being written. Now that I have had a chance to read it, I must say that it does not fail to please.
The books starts off with a very quick introduction to Drupal. It is obvious that the intended audience is not newcomers, and that this is not a basic introduction level text. It is assumed that anyone reading this is familiar with web site creation and administration, web hosting basics, and knows how to install a Drupal site that uses the default theme. You get a quick tour of the main core features of Drupal and some nice web browser tools for developers. Then we get to the meat of the book.
The book contains useful information on how to use the drupal.js library, written by the Drupal developer community, to do many tasks, such as the sample collapsing blocks project that lets guests choose whether to allow information to be displayed or to shrink boxes so that there is more space on a page. We learn how to use js to create beautiful effects and help with site theming, how it can be used to translate your site into other language for guests, and even how to build your own modules.
I have only scratched the surface of the book. I am still learning the language. By intent, jQuery is a huge time saver and makes incorporating client side functions into your site easier than using the language alone, and the way the Drupal community has chosen to incorporate that library and write their own in addition makes it still easier. I am glad I picked up the book. Now, if you will excuse me, I need to go play.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2009
The next topic is AJAX and webservices. The projects in this chapter include a webclips project which displays a random item from an RSS feed and real-time comment notifications. The webclips project uses an XML feed to get data and the comment notification uses a JSON based data feed. The JSON feed is created using the Views module. The techniques used in this chapter can be used in a wide variety of projects.
The final chapter features 2 projects which both a very cool factor and could be used on a majority of websites. Rather than describing them in detail here, I'll leave it to you to read more about them.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2011
This is a well written book that has a lot of good information. The problem is that Drupal 6 must have changed a lot since it was written since I could only get about a third of the code samples to work. I downloaded the source code from the packt website, and still had issues. It was only when I got to the part about JSON that I noticed that the output in the book was drastically different from the output I was getting from the Views module.
I am tempted to give this 4 stars because I learned a lot going back and debugging this books source code, but I won't because after a week I've only got about 50% working and no idea how to fix the rest.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2009
I can't read a PACKT book without getting fortunately surprised by the high profile of the author. Thank you Matt Butcher for this brilliant masterpiece.
I've just commented about of three chapters, and there are six more waiting for you! Will let you discover and enjoy this book by your self. Remember, Drupal is not hard, it just takes time (like some of the best things in life).
1 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2009
I find it hard to pick this book up and use it. I guess it's because it takes too long to get you to the part you need to fit your application into the drupal framework. I've skipped around a lot and I can tell there's some quality nuggets in there, I just have to do too much to find it. If i'm doing that, why don't i just google it because I know js/jquery fairly well already? Trying to do it the -right- way for drupal (and there's a right way) takes too much effort and make brain hurt. Maybe that's my fault. I'm just sharing my impression, hopefully for your benefit.
The good news is that barnes and noble carries this title often so you can read through it to decide whether or not buy it cheaper on amazon! harhar ima dick.