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Robert Varkonyi

Robert Varkonyi is a senior Drupal developer who was involved in successful Drupal projects across the globe, including US, UK, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden, and Hungary. He's been working with Drupal since 2007 and gained deep experiences in enterprise level Drupal development. He enjoys developing custom modules and is a true fan of clear code, structured work, and coding standards.

During his career, Robert has worked for clients such as, NBC Universal, ITV, Ericsson, iVillage, CMC Markets, and Avanti Communications.

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  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (November 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849519986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849519984
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald L. Koller on December 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Drupal 7 is a key Open Source platform for hundreds of thousands of web sites, and the Rules module is one of those things that makes websites highly functional. The book is targeted to Drupal developers wanting to change the way that Drupal handles events and add capabilities not included in the Drupal core. Coverage starts with simple add-ons, like displaying a message after an event occurs, such as adding a new node, or sending a notification after someone has commented on a blog post. The book addresses the many aspects of rules that give them their power, like scheduling and looping.
The "how to" style I find easy to work with. Title and summary explanation; Getting ready (what needs to be installed to do this task); How to do it... step by step with screenshots that are quite legible; How it works--summarizing what was accomplished; and finally, There's more provides additional relevant information.
There are even some expert How to's, such Executing Rules programmatically.
This book is only 60 pages and feels thin, but it really has focus on specific things you can do with the Rules module, along with its cousins: Rules UI, Rules Scheduler, Views, Flag, Views Bulk Operations and Rules Bonus Pack.
The author, Robert Varkonyi, knows his stuff. I learned some great recipes that use rules. Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evolving Knowledge on January 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
After working with WordPress for years, I finally made the leap to Drupal to overcome WP's limitations. Switching from WP to Drupal is somewhat like going from a single engine Cessna to a Lear jet; the capabilities of Drupal are beyond imagination.

As powerful and dynamic as Drupal is there is an expectation that you have enough experience to grasp the finer subtleties of manipulating content using Rules. It's even difficult to explain the power of Rules because to define it is to limit it. The problem is that the choices are overwhelming.

"Drupal Rules How-to" is a book that I've looked forward to for some time because it helps tame the beast. Not being a programmer, I recognized my limitations when it came to Rules. What I needed was a step-through of the procedures and available options. Fortunate this book didn't disappoint.

Want to know how to trigger an email when someone post, or comments, or registers, or ???, then Rules will get you there. Want a particular type of post to be sticky, again Rules is the way. This doesn't even begin to scratch the potential of Rules.

The book may be thin, but it is big on showing you how to get the most from Rules.
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By Cliff Freeman on September 24, 2013
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There's really three sections to this book. The first half of the book covers the first section, it shows how to use rules to do some pretty basic tasks, such as sending an email to the system admin when a new user registers. Honestly, nothing here that you couldn't figure out for yourself or search online for pretty quickly. Editing is very uneven and it took me longer in some cases to understand the books directions that it would have to figure it out on my own. One thing that would have been nice is a table that listed all the configuration options that Drupal provides for rules with a thumbnail explanation, this book only covers a handful and many of the options are not self-explanatory.

The third quarter of the book consists of some examples of how to extend Rules with some php code snippets, and how to use Rules in conjunction with the Flags and Views Bulk Operations. Things fall apart a little bit here: explanations don't go into nearly enough depth and I couldn't get a couple of the examples to work. One of them was because the Drupal interface had changed from the time the book had been written (a not too uncommon occurrence) with no obvious work around, but the other case I suspect was just poor editing.

The last quarter of the book covers extending rules by adding some non-trivial PHP code additions. I just skimmed this as it isn't something I'm currently interested in, but it looks like explanations are a little lacking here as well.

Two and half stars, rounded up to three.
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If you are a Drupal site builder, defined as someone who installs and configures some of the thousands of contributed modules but doesn't program custom modules, then Rules lets you define "if this happens, then do this" actions on your site.

It's a relatively short book. While I doubt anyone is going to read it like a novel, it wouldn't take more than a couple of hours.

It's organized as a series of how to's, or recipes, on how accomplish various tasks. It's odd the book title didn't carry the cookbook moniker that other Packt books for Drupal have. Each task builds in complexity, starting with a very simple "Hello it's Monday" message through rules that build lists of people and sequence through them sending customized emails.

Each recipe is clearly laid out, with explanations followed by screen captures showing how the module should be configured to implement the recipe. It was easy to understand how the various steps fit together.

I think it would have been nice to have an overview of the Rules module and how it works. Actually that is one of the areas where the documentation on drupal.org is very well done.

Most chapters have a section called "there's more" that offer possible expansions of the topic being discussed. I think it would have been more useful for inexperienced site builders if those expansions were turned into similarly complete recipes, I'm not sure that all site builders will be able to take the hints in those sections and use them without considerable trial and error.

The last third of the book is targets at Drupal developers, who write custom modules in PHP.
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