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A Difficult to Use Book
on February 10, 2012
Anyone buying this book should be warned right from the start that it operates on a difficult to understand premise that is no fault of the authors: Joomla itself is updating about roughly every six months. Whether this is a disservice or not to Joomla users I do not know, but this book is about Joomla 1.6, not about the two versions currently available, Joomla 1.7 and Joomla 2.5. By the time you buy this book it will probably be out of date, Despite the fact that everyone, it seems, who writes books about Joomla claims that they all "basically work the same way", they do not. So this book is simply not useful for Joomla 1.7 or 2.5, because it is based on using the sample sites and templates included with some versions you down load. There lies the big problem. Whatever you may have learned in 1.6 does not necessarily work in 1.7 or 2.5 as the sample programs that form the basis of so much of this book do not necessarily respond correctly to 1.6 commands when they are actually 1.7 or 2.5. In addition, the windows may be entirely different and called something different than in 1.6
Another very basic problem with this book is that it skips over one click downloaders as though they do not exist, and it's core contention that downloading Joomla to your computer will be easier than working with it on a server is debatable. I personally haven't encountered difficulty working with Joomla on a server, but as you may suspect by this point, I gave up on this book and moved on to others.
The third, and I think fatal problem with this book is that it does not seem to progress in any order I can understand. Joomla is actually not a website builder per se, but actually a program to construct websites within a SQL data base. So a lot of what you do in putting together a site using Joomla is not too far removed from what you do when putting together a database. The rather scattered and unsystematic way the author presents things does not seem to even give a hint of the structured approach you really need to make Joomla entirely care free.
Speaking strictly as a beginner, this book has moved off my shelf into my books to give away box and I am now using other more structured and more current books to teach myself Joomla. It may be that someone would react well to this author's particular way of presenting material; it may be that someone could also learn Joomla from an outdated text that also instructs you on how to obtain Joomla in what may be the most difficult of several way. All of this may be true, but none of it was in my case.