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Mastering Mambo: E-Commerce, Templates, Module Development, SEO, Security, and Performance Paperback – December 7, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1904811510 ISBN-10: 1904811515

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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (December 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904811515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904811510
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,529,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christian Wenz is an author, trainer and consultant with a focus on web technologies and web security. He is author or coauthor of over 50 books, frequently contributes to IT magazines and speaks at developer conferences around the globe. He is Germany's very first Zend Certified Engineer and in Zend's Who is Who.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Carey on January 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am not really a Mambo newbie, I've been toying with it on a casual basis for about a little over a year. So working around in the admin section, adding content through the front end, and any other mundane routines I am very comfortable with. Thankfully, that kind of information isn't what Mastering Mambo offers.

What Tobias Hauser and Christian Wenz do offer in their book is a very comprehensive guide to using Mambo for your development needs. There are many different aspects involved in any web project. What I really enjoyed about this book is that as a beginner programmer, I was able to pick this book up and understand it really well.

Tips are offered throughout the book so as to make the most efficient use of Mambo. Some tips offered include how to preview sites using mambo templates. Another tip involves using an XML validator to prevent error messages when installing templates, modules, or components.

I would venture to say this book is probably good for both the beginning programmer as well as the advanced programmer. The beginner will benefit by being exposed to programming concepts and how to develop business logic. The advanced programmer will be able to use this to pick up on the specifics of Mambo.

While my particular interest in this book was to learn more about developing modules and components, that certainly isn't the only thing addressed in this book. This book is a very good survey of how flexible Mambo is and provides information on how to customize the design, increase functionality, marketing with SEO, and security issues.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Burge on June 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
"Mastering Mambo" is a new book for people running and building websites with the Mambo Content Management System., It was written in an awkward time, when the Mambo CMS was in the process of splitting from Joomla, but because the codebases of both projects is still so similar, "Mastering Mambo" is a relevant book for both Mambo and Joomla users.

Initially, I was a little confused about the target audience for this volume. The same publisher (Packt) also has a book called "Building Websites with Mambo" that would be more appropriate than for Mambo beginners. The authors, Tobias Hauser and Christian Wenz, describe this book as being for "administrators, designers and developers" which encompasses a pretty wide group of people with diverse skill-levels.

The first part of the book begins by covering the most basic features such as how to logon, install components, change templates and so on. It would suit someone building a site for the first time with Mambo.

As it progresses, the book becomes more complex. There are chapters on Mambelfish, VirtueMart (called PHP-Shop here) and DocMan as well as chapters that summarise options for people wanting forums and galleries. By the time it gets to page 180 out of 250, the authors are describing how to develop your own modules and mambots. This is done in a clear way, with Mambo's functions and variables explained quickly and concisely.

That completed, the third part of the book describes ways to complete a successful Mambo deployment. The Search Engine Optimisation chapter is OK, but could do with more information on producing a Google-friendly template rather than just human-readable URLs. The Accessibility chapter could also do with more Mambo-specific advice.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Chet Lee on April 5, 2006
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I bought Mastering Mamo because I believed it would be for an advanced or more seasoned user seeing that there was already a "Building Websites With Mambo : A fast paced introductory tutorial Building Websites With Mambo" by the same publisher. The book is geared more towards work (document management, e-commerce) based as opposed to personal sites.

For a book published Dec 2005, I found it to be a little dated although not enough to be an issue. I also found several typos.

In my opinion, this book is very good for a person who has installed mambo/joomla, and is trying to understand how the ideas behind how the CMS works. This book is great for accellerating the learning curve of how Components, Modules, and Bots interplay... What positions are and how they work... And overall how to start extending the default install.

About half the book is nice overviews of 3rd party extensions. I think that is the best part of the book. It's nice to have them but I wouldn't buy the book for it.

The sections on security and Search Engine Optimization, and performance tuning are good for begining web/cms developers, but readers already familiar with the basics (applicable to all web apps) are not going to get a whole lot. There isn't much that is "Mambo/Joomla" specific.

Overall I'd say that it's a good book that I would recommend to a mambo/joomla beginner intent on building service style sites.

I give this book 3 stars because it is a good book, but despite what it says, that it is for "anyone who has developed a mambo site"... anyone who HAS developed already knows how the core components works, already knows how to search for, find, and install Comp, Mods, Bots... at least.
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