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Product Details

  • Series: Solutions
  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2007 edition (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590598326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590598320
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,419,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cody Lindley is a web producer for a technology company located in Boise, Idaho. When he is not working with client-side technologies, Flash or interaction design, he spends time with his wife and son, enjoying a simple lifestyle in the Northwest. Cody has a passion for Christian theology and takes great pleasure in learning and studying God's word. His work and ongoing ramblings can be found at CodyLindley.com.

Kevin Potts has been working on the web for almost 10 years, having started his career designing his first employer's website with Netscape and Notepad. He has spent the bulk of his design career working in-house as both a graphic designer and internal web developer. Coupled with years of freelance and agency work, Kevin has created dozens of websites for businesses of all sizes in an array of industries.

Robert Sable has over 10 years of experience designing and developing web-based applications for small businesses up to Fortune 50 companies. From its early gamma releases, Rob recognized the power and flexibility of Textpattern. He has published over 20 Textpattern plugins and numerous tutorials. He also provides custom software development services using Textpattern as a development framework. He lives with his wife, Joci, in Copley, Ohio, which is located between Akron and Cleveland. Rob and Joci love to travel together and continue to find new and exciting places to visit. Rob was born and raised in the Cleveland area and continues to be a painfully dedicated Cleveland sports fan.

Mary Fredborg is a member of the Textpattern development team (team.textpattern.com). For more than 10 years, she's been involved in various aspects of web development and remains keenly interested in learning new methods and technologies, as well as refining her existing knowledge and skills. These days, you can often find Mary working on Textpattern itself, creating new plugins for it and providing technical support for users of varying levels of experience. She lives in Alberta, Canada with her amusingly crazy dog, who also happens to think the same of Mary.

Customer Reviews

Extremely easy to follow and well written.
Jordan Little
This includes full coverage of all available tags and options, and some of the core code and functions that will allow you to effectively build your plugins.
Nate Klaiber
Everything and I mean everything about TXP is covered in this book.
Yannick Lyn Fatt

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Montgomery on May 27, 2007
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I've been waiting a long time for this book.

Textpattern is a free, open-source content management system that is lean, flexible and powerful. Until now, the only resources for learning to use it were the various web pages: FAQs, reference wiki, the forum, etc. They are all valuable and responsive (the forum is very active, and I've seen a new answer to my question posted on the FAQ page the next day), but we "book learners" needed, well, a book.

That book is here, and it is excellent. At almost 400 pages plus a 100-page tag reference, there is plenty of material. It's very well-written and easy to read (if you're interested in using, learning or trying Textpattern).

Sections 3 and 5, with the conceptual understanding and the three website examples, are probably my favorites. Since I'm not a programmer, the chapter on writing plugins seems a bit over my head.

The only change I'd suggest would have been to move chapter 6, "The Textpattern Model," up front as the second chapter. This conceptual overview would help to understand "what" and "why," and some of the software's capabilities, before diving into the installation and setup process.

I wholeheartedly endorse this book as an essential introduction, manual and deskside reference for Textpattern in particular, and building dynamic database-driven websites in general.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nate Klaiber on July 23, 2007
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Textpattern Solutions: PHP-Based Content Management Made Easy by Kevin Potts, Robert Sable, and Nathan Smith (with Mary Fredborg and Cody Lindley, foreword by Jon Hicks) is a cohesive primer to getting started, working in, and managing the Textpattern CMS. If you are a PHP beginner and are looking for a CMS solution, then this is a great start. If you are an advanced PHP developer, then this is an excellent choice for a CMS. No matter what the skill level, Textpattern allows you to take full control of your website, whether it is a simple blog or an e-commerce application. Getting started with a CMS is never easy. You have to learn the CMS interface and it's nuances including such things as templating and plugins. This book will walk you through all the steps necessary to effectively manage your site with the Textpattern CMS.

This book is broken down into 6 parts and 17 chapters. Let's take a look at each part.

Part 1 sets the foundation in getting started with Textpattern. This section will give you the basics and walk you through installing a local server using the popular XAMPP setup. They run through the process on both Microsoft Windows and Macintosh OSX platforms. After XAMPP is installed, you are walked through connecting the pieces to get Textpattern up and running. This includes downloading and installing the CMS and connecting it to your MySQL database.

Part 2 continues with setting the foundation and introduces you to the Textpattern interface. Each chapter walks you through the administration panels and breaks down all of your options. These chapters are extremely thorough and leave no gaps in the administration panel and your available options.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nils Valentin on June 5, 2007
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<long review: 10-15 minutes>

"Textpattern" is the name of some amazing new technology code which is extendable by plugins and is so flexible that calling it a "CMS" is a pure understatement.

With 260 -300 KB of code Textpattern code is not only at least 3-4 times smaller than its "competitors" (Wordpress etc.), but also includes features which you wont find in any other "CMS".

I put "competitors" and "CMS" in brackets because Textpattern really is a complete different breed of software.

The Textpattern software package is what the Germans would call a "Eierlegende Wollmilchsau - a sheep that gives also milk, eggs and meat". It seems like you can make it do almost anything you can come up with. Calling it a CMS does NOT describe anymore adequately its capabilities.

Textpattern has its own little environment for developing and compiling plugins + pages (Variables, functions, macros, may I even dare to say language ?)

Textpattern is not only a blog focused CMS but rather a mixture of a web based IDE, compiler and web environment.

For potential system admins its not enough anymore to upload the core software package itself or a plugin for it. While that would work it wouldnt even explore 5% of the possibilities the textpattern system provides.

The book "Textpattern Solutions" is an attempt to cover the sheer wide range of possibilities you will have at your fingertips.

Not only is it the first book describing Textpattern in such detail it is also quite likely that it will stay this way during 2007 as I am not aware of other publishers that are preparing a book on Textpattern. So Friends of ED has a real edge here with a book written from the people that should know their stuff.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sparkybarkalot on June 14, 2007
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There are only three reasons not to get this book:

1) You are legally blind
2) You don't use Textpattern and never plan to
3) You wrote it

Otherwise, don't waste your time wondering if you should get it, just get it. I've had the book for about 30 minutes, and I've already gotten my money's worth even if I never pick it up again. But I will pick it up again, probably on a daily basis. Thanks to the authors and editors for doing an excellent job.
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