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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184951500X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849515009
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,693,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Philipp Krenn

Philipp Krenn lives in Vienna, Austria and studies software engineering. Besides being a student, he also works as a freelance IT trainer and web developer (mostly using SilverStripe, but also some Drupal, CakePHP, and Smarty).

Philipp started using SilverStripe in 2007 while he was one of the students at the Google Summer of Code improving the project. While kicking off the effort to support multiple databases (besides MySQL), he got a good insight into the inner workings of the project. Building on top of that, he became an expert in developing web applications with SilverStripe.

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Sections in the chapters flow nicely and are easy to follow.
D. Berry
I like how Krenn didn't delve in to the fallacy, many code authors do, of providing too much code in the book.
Anselm Christophersen
"Principles and Concepts" gives a good overview of the SilverStripe system itself 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. MCCANN on July 14, 2012
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There are 2 ways to teach something, the top-down approach and the bottom-up approach. The other SS book (SilverStripe: The Complete Guide to CMS Development published by Wiley) takes the top-down approach in that it begins by carefully explaining the Model-View-Controller approach to design, the basics of the CMS, what the SS folder structure contains, what a page consists of, how the templates are constructed, etc, before getting into any detail.

This book on the other hand takes the bottom-up approach. BAM! After an inadequate introduction in chapter 1, in chapter 2 it gets straight into the details of the API, function calls and their parameters, etc. It doesn't pause to explain why you might be doing the things it asks you to do. Not only that, but if you follow along with their tutorial approach, they don't supply pictures of what you are supposed to see on the screen at any point. I'm near the end of chapter 2 and I know less about SS than when I started (I had the advantage of completing half of the other book before I started on this one.)

Despite following along carefully, my site looks like a mess and I have no idea why (yes, I've checked and re-checked what I've been asked to type). The instructions are not very clear. This book badly needs an editor. Krenn's sentence construction and grammar are mangled. I frequently have to read paragraphs several times before I understand what he's trying to say. I'm no dummy - I have been developing corporate websites for almost as long as the internet has been around. I know HTML, CSS, Javascript, Java and PHP, so I'm not confused because I don't understand websites or the underlying technologies.

This is NOT a beginner's guide to SS.
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This book on Silverstripe is written by a new author on this field, Phillipp Krenn. Though his skill set (as available on his website) shows a far wider spread than what I would expect from a Silverstripe enthusiast, the book shows that he is definitely not new to Silverstripe.

Krenn is currently finishing his double master in Software Engineering & Internet Computing and Information & Knowledge Management at the Vienna University, and his knowledge of programming concepts and theories shows; he smoothly guides the reader through the Silverstripe system and highlights its ORM features and clean object oriented structure.

The book does show some similarities to the official Silverstripe book by Ingo Schommer (I read the German version in 2009), in that it approaches the Silverstripe novice and explains the system in its entirety. Having worked with Silverstripe since 2007, this is off course superfluous for readers like me, but essential in a book of this kind, especially as it is only the second book available on Silverstripe.

I like how Krenn didn't delve in to the fallacy, many code authors do, of providing too much code in the book. He only highlights what's essential (and walks the reader through new steps), and avoids code where it's unnecessary, relying on that readers have access to the code online. Furthermore he doesn't loose one second discussing general concepts as JavaScript and CSS development as these should (and can) surely be learned elsewhere. He only applies these when needed. More than once he restrains from using pre-built modules and goes back to using plain PHP code and non-Silverstripe JavaScript libraries, to once again demonstrate how easy Silverstripe plays with other technologies, and that e.g.
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By D. Rye on June 19, 2011
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This book took me a couple chapters to get into. If you've already done a SilverStripe site you can skip to chapter 3, and just skim it as a refresher. Chapter 4 is where the meat starts. The quizzes throughout the book are a nice touch, and help to keep the reader engaged. There is some overlap between this and the official SilverStripe book, but the style is very different. I find both are worth a purchase. Enjoy.
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SilverStripe 2.4 - Module Extension, Themes and Widgets is by Philipp Krenn and published by Packt Publishing. The title of the book is slightly mis-leading but only because it gives an excellent overview of SilverStripe as a whole, not just dealing with modules, themes and widgets.

About the author
Philipp Krenn studies software engineering at the University of Technology, Vienna. At the moment, he is writing his thesis on current database trends. Besides that, he's working as a freelance IT trainer and web developer, mostly using SilverStripe, but also Drupal, CakePHP, and Smarty.

He started using SilverStripe in 2007 as one of the Google Summer of Code students improving the project, beginning with the effort to support multiple databases (besides MySQL). During this, he got a detailed insight into the inner workings of the project. Since then he's been in love with SilverStripe.

= Who is the book aimed at? =

The book is aimed at developers who already have an understanding of PHP, HTML and CSS and are looking to get started with SilverStripe, or improve their knowledge if they're only been working with it for a short time. It covers all the basics about getting a SilverStripe site going as well as some decent in-depth coverage.

It also has use for seasoned SilverStripe developers who may not be aware of all the features in SilverStripe (for example I had no idea about the short code system that already exists in SS) so there's something for everyone.

= Chapter overview =

The easiest way to summarize the book is to have a look at what each chapter covers and then I'll deal with my thoughts about the book in general below.

1.
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