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Trevor James

Trevor James is a Drupal developer residing in Middletown, MD, USA. Trevor has been using Drupal intensively since 2007 and designing websites for over 15 years using a combination of HTML, CSS, ColdFusion, PHP, jQuery, and JavaScript.

Trevor's focus is on building Drupal-based web applications and portals for education, non-profit, and medical systems, and small business environments. He is interested in the best methods of integrating web services with Drupal sites, optimizing Drupal sites' performance, and using Drupal content types, Views, Panels, and other contributed modules to develop front-end interfaces that support data intensive websites.

He loves teaching people about Drupal and how to use this excellent open source content management framework. Trevor authored the following Packt books:

  • Drupal 7 Business Solutions (http://www.packtpub.com/drupal-7- business-solutions-to-build-powerful-web-site/book), published in early 2012
  • Drupal Web Services (http://www.packtpub.com/drupal-web-services/book), published in November 2010

    Drupal 6 Performance Tips (https://www.packtpub.com/drupal-6-performance-tips-to-maximize-and-optimize-your-framework/book), published in February 2010

Trevor created a 14-hour video tutorial series titled Drupal 7 for Virtual Training Company (VTC) in 2011. The video is available via the VTC website at http://www.vtc.com/products/Drupal-7-Tutorials.htm.

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  • Paperback: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (December 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178216054X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782160540
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Moon Dog on February 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
For all Drupal's features, power, and flexibility, there is one area it has issues with - Content Migration. Getting content into Drupal in mass or from an older Drupal version can be brutal. This book tackles the often challenging task of getting content into Drupal from an outside source, and avoiding countless node/add forms.

It is written for those that are already fairly comfortable working with Drupal, but not necessarily a programmer. If you can install Drupal and build enough of a site to have to worry about importing content, you will be fine.

While the book mentions the Migrate module, it is really mostly about the Feeds module. Feeds is a great tool for importing content from RSS feeds, CSV & OPML files. The book also explores altering or tampering with the content while it is imported. While the Migrate module is touched on, it is mostly for the purpose of using with the Wordpress Migrate module, covered in the last chapter. The book does a good job of dealing with the Wordpress Migrate module, but the Migrate module on its own needs its own book, and programming knowledge.

There is also a chapter on upgrading a Drupal 6 site to a Drupal 7 site. While this information is all available on Drupal.org, the book does an excellent job of bringing all the information to together and presenting it in a very easy to follow manner.

The book is easy to follow and understand. It does drag on in a few places on tedious tasks, while similar tasks in other places are handled more efficiently. There are also some screen shots that have continuity issues, showing items that aren't installed and covered until later in the book. So it does suffer from some minor editing issues, and probably could be easily edited down by 25%-30% and not hurt anything.
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By PJ McGhee on February 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
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Migrating to Drupal 7 is a resource for those who need to move content from a variety of different sources to Drupal 7. Written by noted Drupal developer Trevor James, the guide focuses primarily on Drupal specific modules authored for the purpose of helping you to create and implement a migration path.

This book is for anyone who plans to use Drupal 7. Drupal is an excellent CMS framework that requires a good deal of specific knowledge to implement and support properly. The book assumes that you have a good base knowledge of core Drupal concepts. It isn't for Drupal newcomers; but is a great choice for those who need to move content and have a good understanding of data import/export methods.

The book focuses on some specific tools to help you move data from several different sources to Drupal 7. These sources include .csv (and other "generic") files, earlier versions of Drupal and platforms like Wordpress. You'll read about Content Type creation/preparation, the Feeds, Feeds Tamper, Features and Migrate modules and important ideas about path consistency and data preparation.
The procedures used are described in a fair amount of detail and are not overly high-level, making it a good choice for those who are interested in the "nuts and bolts" approach to content migration. The book does not cover non-Drupal specific migration options like simple SQL imports and exports although those can be used in the Drupal context as well.

All in all, Migrating to Drupal 7 is a well written book, worth the time and money for those who need to move or believe that they will need to move content at some point. It is not for newcomers but rather for those with at least a fair amount of experience with Drupal and Systems Administration concepts.
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Not very useful unless you're a beginner. And if you are a beginner, you probably aren't going to have success trying to migrate from 6 to 7.

I've been a Drupal developer for about 10 years, and 7 is the first release with virtually no built in upgrade path. It's a painful process and most people are best off trying to just migrate the content and maybe some taxonomy using the 'd2d' + migrate modules. Start from scratch on the rest. And you don't need this book to do that.
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