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Product Details

  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (November 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847192823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847192820
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,793,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Kennard

James Kennard is a computer programmer. He has worked with various PHP and MySQL applications, since 2002. He quickly discovered Mambo/Joomla! because of its flexible extension manager. James currently maintains one open-source Joomla! component, which has been translated into over fifteen languages. Moreover, he has plans to build two more open-source components. Examples of his work can be found on his personal website webamoeba.co.uk.


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Cons: does not give adequate examples.
Joel A. Thompson
Side note: frankly I don't understand the critic comments before mine, I think this book is really excellent and will guide the developer to be proficient in Joomla!
Paolo C
I would not recommend this book for anyone wanting to develop Joomla!1.5 components, modules and extensions without first learning Object-Oriented PHP programming.
Harold

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Knighton on July 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
If I didn't already know MVC, Joomla 1.5 and had made components before I think this book would be useless.

If you have dabbled in developer code however and Joomla 1.5 this is a great resource.

This book lacks examples of building finished components.

If it combined the style of other books like learn joomla 1.5 as well as having this great resource of information it would be worth solid gold.

Without it and without a good index It takes time to find what you are after. Once you find it however it always provides great, accurate information.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Oblio on June 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
The really frustrating thing about this book is the style and lack of indexing. When I buy a technical reference, the most important thing is being able to look up any relevant term or function name and immediately find the place to read about that. This book has the terms subcategorized under other terms that only make sense if you already know Joomla programming! I seriously almost never find the term I'm looking for in the index. This really drives me crazy. When I have found the area I'm looking for, however, I've been pretty happy with the quality of explanation provided. Indexing is all important.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Rapp on October 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
It's a good book. But it's got some short-comings that makes it not a complete reference for Joomla 1.5. The organization is a little bit fragmented. All the examples are snippets and are never complete listings. This makes it a difficult book to use for a brand new learning Joomla developer. If it was a complete reference tutorial, it being the only book that you would ever need, that newbies and experts alike could pick it up and gleam from it I would have given it a 5 stars. I would have given it a 4 if the Appendix that has a quick look up was clearer on what section your in and the section titles were more distinguishable. But it has produced a decent amount of answers to my periodic questions. It's a nice book to have but far from the only book you'll ever need on Joomla. So I gave it 3 stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Webb on December 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
I recently read "Mastering Joomla! 1.5 Extension and Framework Development" by James Kennard, and I must say I really enjoyed it. Every time I read a book about Joomla! framework and extension development, I get all sorts of new ideas. This time was no exception. The book provides a thorough description of the topics surrounding Joomla! 1.5 extension development, and it is a great reference book. I would not recommend reading the book cover-to-cover, but I think it is a great resource to have handy when attempting to develop extensions for Joomal! 1.5. The book was written for experience PHP developers who already have a working knowledge of Joomla! For those wanting to learn Joomla! extension devleopment, I recommend starting with Joe Leblanc's book, "Learning Joomla! 1.5 Extension Development", and having "Mastering Joomla! 1.5 Extension and Framework Development" as a reference for getting more in depth with the framework.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joel A. Thompson on January 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
Pros: gives some good overviews and dives deep into some concepts.
Cons: does not give adequate examples. It is definetly not an advanced book or "Mastering".

I returned the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Whipp on October 9, 2008
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This is a reasonable introductory text and it gave me what I needed when I read it after Learning Joomla! 1.5 Extension Development: Creating Modules, Components, and Plugins with PHP in the same series.

However, it is let down by a poor index and the fact that the coverage is too much 'type this' and 'do this' rather than helping the reader understand why things need to be done in a certain way and how to find the necessary resources to address new problems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Attard on July 5, 2008
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The book was a good resource for me to get to grips with the Joomla 1.5 API, having had very little experience of Joomla and PHP development in general, however having a good background in programming. I feel the book has been written with developer's like me in mind, i.e. people who have knowledge of general web application programming but little or no knowledge of Joomla. The way the book has been sectioned progresses nicely, starting with a brief intro to Joomla (for completeness' sake), a Joomla programming Getting Started chapter and then delves into the API per se. It introduces the general classes Joomla uses, and how they relate to each other. Each chapter then introduces and describes more enhanced functionality, such as accessing the database, developing components, the MVC model, and keeps on building, with each chapter building and adding to the knowledge learned in the previous chapters.

Overall I think this book is a good start for anyone delving into the Joomla Development world. It introduces the concepts, explains, and with that knowledge you can go ahead and dive into your development.
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