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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (December 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849511446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849511445
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 9.1 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,416,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert Popovic on April 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am making a point not to review the language used in the book however, it is necessary to note that the English language purist, would have a few remarks on the grammar, spelling and overall construction of sentences. The book also employs a jovial and fun writing style which may or may not please readers of technical books. Having said that, the book is still very readable and once the reader becomes used to the writing style, the ability to understand the material is not impaired.

The book is aimed at PHP developers who want to boost their Magento skills. It claims that basic PHP knowledge is necessary but no prior Magento experience. Knowing that Magento is a very complex piece of software, this statement was somewhat surprising to me and indicated a promise that, I'd say, is not so easy to keep.

The material covered in the book stretches over a wide variety of topics oriented towards but not exclusively limited to developing with Magento. In the first chapter we learn how to set up a development environment using svn, a LAMPP (XAMPP) stack and Netbeans for the development IDE. Then we get an overview of working with some Magento design and CMS features such as customizing the error page and adding an RSS feed to your site. Chapter 3 goes into adding extra functionality to your Magento site by integrating WordPress, adding a Lightbox and jQuery (!). Covered next are topics on customizing a store, addressing working with the product catalog and adding a professional touch to your site. Then we get a quick glance at working with the Magento database directly. Chapter 8 is solely devoted to creating a Magento module (or extensions) from scratch, followed by more chapters on adding functionality to Magento via modules and widgets.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SkincareCEO on January 26, 2011
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I'm by no means a PHP programmer or such. After playing around with Magento somewhat haphazardly, I have become a little knowledgeable about the structure Magento, but never proficient about getting the exact results I want or know how exactly to complete all the steps so the database doesn't crash. In my circumstance, a programmer custom wrote our site and I wanted to "tweak" certain parts of the code. This book is written in very clear way to enable someone like me to do just that. I really like the section of the task labeled "How it Works". Usually programming books don't explain this part and being an engineer myself, when you tell me how it works, I understand all the logical steps much better.

I highly recommend this book for "tweakers" like myself or budding Magento programmers wanting to enhance their skills. There is enough meat in the book and it covers enough of the basics to advanced topics to make it a very useful resource.

I would also highly recommend the other Packt Publishing book by William Rice "Magento 1.3 Sales Tactics Cookbook". This book mainly focuses on how to "use" Mangento on the back end rather than programming to achieve more hits on your eCommerce Website and successfully get them to translate into actual sales.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mark313 on June 20, 2011
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They don't tell you how to do anything in this book. I am a Zend Certified developer and develop in Magento daily, and the tips and techniques in this book are plain wrong. The modifications they supply come without any documentation, so they give you code that does something, but they don't tell you how or why it works. I would give it a 2-star for the code snippets alone, but there are typos in the book and most of them just involve directly overriding the core -- something that isn't allowed in an open source app like Magento. Just bad. Still waiting on a decent Magento book to come out for 1.4/5+.
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This book clearly addresses developers who want to make functional changes and really dive into the Magento system. It's a 270-pager written by Nurul Ferdous in the style of a cookbook: This means that rather than explaining things step by step and laying a theoretical foundation, the Development Cookbook is a collection of so-called recipes that provide pragmatic solutions to common problems. Rather than reading it cover-to-cover, people will mostly jump to specific recipes to find the cures for their illnesses. For this reason, in my opinion it is best used in combination with some sort of documentation that provides some more background.
The recipes in this book cover a lot of ground and require different skill levels. For example, there are administrative topics such as setting up a configurable product - which does not require any programming skills at all - as well as advanced recipes such as creating customised modules and widgets and making sure the right source models are used. Moreover, the recipes do not only deal with topics that are exclusive to Magento but also include setting up MySQL database replication and benchmarking the application's overall performance. All of these topics are losely connected and organised along chapters such as Performance Optimization and Creating a Module.
In summary it can be said that the topics cover some of the most often discussed problems and requirements that occur during Magento development. As such, the author provides a valuable source for developers seeking easy-to-implement solutions.
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