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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR (February 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131855166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131855168
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,712,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Enter your PHP-Nuke Garage... where you master the most powerful, cheap (and/or free) Web content system ever created, then use it to build great Web sites, portals, or communities... hands-on, step-by-step.

PHP-Nuke is remarkably capable and reliable, but until now, it's been poorly documented. This book fills the gap. Best of all, you can use it even if you have no experience with PHP, databases, coding, or hosting. Drawing on practical examples from a live example site, top IT author/trainer Don Jones illuminates every facet of working with PHP-Nuke: installation, configuration, customization, security, day-to-day administration, and much more.

Topics include: content delivery, design and themes, forums, journals, downloads, member lists, news/reviews, personalization, RSS, archiving, FAQs, feedback, statistics, surveys, pay sites, AvantGo mobile content, Amazon e-commerce links, and more. Jones even shows how to find a PHP-Nuke hosting service to handle the infrastructure for you -- so you can focus on content, not technology.

Organized into 66 easy modules, designed for rapid learning, and based on real examples, PHP-Nuke Garage will help you create the interactive site you've always wanted -- faster than you ever thought possible.


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About the Author

About the Author

Don Jones has been working in the information technology industry for more than ten years. His first Web site, http://www.eboutique.com, was built in 1993 for a former employer. Today, he operates a number of Web sites, including one built entirely in PHP-Nuke. Don is a popular industry author, with more than a dozen books published, and is a frequent speaker at national technical conferences. He's also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP). Don currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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With more than two decades of IT experience, Don Jones is one of the world's leading experts on the Microsoft business technology platform. He's the author of more than 45 books, including Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches, Windows Administrator's Scripting Toolkit, VBScript WMI and ADSI Unleashed, Special Edition Using Commerce Server 2002, Definitive Guide to SQL Server Performance Optimization, and many more. Don's devotion to technology education culminated in The Nine Principles of Immediately Effective Design, an instructional design book that outlines Don's bestselling approach.

Don is a top-rated and in-demand speaker at conferences such as Microsoft TechEd, TechMentor, and more, and is an accomplished IT journalist with features and monthly columns in Microsoft TechNet Magazine and Redmond Magazine, and on Web sites such as TechTarget and MCPMag.com. Don is also a multiple-year recipient of Microsoft's prestigious Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award. He is also a sought-after technology educator, both for in-person classes and for his CBT Nuggets video-based training.

Don's broad experience includes work in the financial, telecommunications, software, manufacturing, consulting, training, and retail industries. He's worked as a technician, administrator, network architect, software developer, database administrator, manager, and director, making him one of the rare IT professionals who can not only "cross the line" between administration and software development, but also between IT and business management. Don's business and technology customers include Dell Software, SAPIEN Technologies, Microsoft, 1105 Media, Vanderbilt University, Morgan Stanley, and many others.

Don is also a founder and President of PowerShell.org, a community dedicated to Microsoft's chief administrative automation technology. He continues to answer questions in that site's Q&A forums.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
A painfully forced attempt at a hipster ambience. What with the cool shades of green and the musical instruments backdrop across the chapters. But in spite of this, and not because, it is still a decent read.

Jones makes a good case fo adopting PHP-Nuke to develop out and maintain a small website, that solicits user input in the form of content that will usually be later published on the site. The modules are more than just for making web pages. There are also crucial hooks to SQL databases. Which you'll need for more realistic scenarios.

You should know some HTML before venturing here. A lot of his code examples become easy to follow with this background, along with some experience of the basic operation of web servers. He discusses HTML page layout and how the program does seem to make development easier. But it is primarily for managing content, of course. Graphical layout is adequate but not really even in its remit. (For that, check out Dreamweaver for a more comprehensive treatment.) It's the manifold abilities like users having journals and making submissions and the like that are the focus.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By F. Burzi on July 17, 2005
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As PHP-Nuke's author I can say, with property, that this book covers many aspects of PHP-Nuke for the average user.

It isn't a book for professional PHP developers. It's basic but very well written. A very good introduction of what PHP-Nuke can do, the author even describes module by module with lot of graphics.

If you're new to PHP-Nuke and want to know how far this CMS/Portal system can go, this book is for you.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Stankard on March 30, 2005
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This is a well written overview of Nuke. It lays out step by step instructions on how to maintain Nuke. I disagree with the review that states the book is useless since it doesn't go into detailed install instructions. The install of Nuke is very easy if you can't install it on your server, you shouldn't be hosting yourself.

I agree you need some html and basic skills to operate Nuke, but this book makes it easy.
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21 of 31 people found the following review helpful By goodboy on February 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
I found the book discouraging!

The author does not guide me through installing and getting phpnuke started at all.. instead of helping out he discourages readers to just send their php files to hosts which have already installed phpnuke ! if i wanted to do that why wud i buy book?

I can quote innumerable instances from the book which are discouraging.. and the entire book is kind of irritating..

Not recommended at all..

The free FAQ listing on php-nuke website does a much better job than this book.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Taellik on June 8, 2005
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Author mentions his site [...] is run using PHP-NUKE ( bottom page 5 ) , however, when visiting the site, it is < not > PHP-Nuke being run at all !

Instead, it is using Microsoft Dot.Net and Dot Net Nuke....totally not PHP_NUKE at all !

Shame on the author for selling out PHP-Nuke to jump in bed with Microsoft and it's Dot.Net garbage.

If using a personal/business site to tout a book, the author should make sure that site actually uses what is being written about !
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