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Using Drupal Paperback – May 3, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1449390525 ISBN-10: 1449390528 Edition: Second Edition

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  • Paperback: 494 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Second Edition edition (May 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449390528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449390525
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Choosing and Configuring Modules to Build Dynamic Websites

About the Author

Angela Byron is an open source evangelist, and has been called a Drupal freak by those in the know. She got her start as a Google Summer of Code student in 2005 and since then, she has immersed herself in the Drupal community. Her work includes coding and reviewing patches, creating and contributing to modules and themes, testing and quality assurance efforts within the project, improving documentation, and providing user support on forums and IRC. Angela is on the Board of Directors for the Drupal Association, and helps drive community growth by leading initiatives to help get new contributors involved. She is a sought-after lecturer on many themes, especially the topic of women in Open Source.

Addison Berry is deeply involved with Drupal and takes part in many aspects of both the software and the community. She contributes patches to core Drupal, maintains several contributed modules, and is active in various mentoring programs such as the Drupal Dojo group and Google's Highly Open Participation (GHOP) program. Addison helps maintain the drupal.org website, and is a permanent member of the Drupal Association General Assembly. Her work focuses on improving Drupal documentation and she has worked to provide a wide range of tutorials covering all aspects of Drupal from community involvement to code.

Bruno De Bondt has been theming and developing with Drupal since 2005, specializing in independent media sites. After stumbling upon Drupal while looking for an open source CMS to build a major Belgian citizen journalism website, he was captivated with its flexibility and the project's community. His contributions to Drupal include documentation and usability testing, with a focus on multimedia, and modules that improve editorial workflows.

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Really great for a first timer, can't go wrong here.
Keith
If you are looking for a solid beginner book that teaches you the fundamentals and expects no prior knowledge, Using Drupal is a good choice.
David Hayden
The Kindle version is not of the 2012 book, it is an earlier version (and therefore totally useless).
Liz Hardin-Strnad

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Liz Hardin-Strnad on July 19, 2012
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The Kindle version is not of the 2012 book, it is an earlier version (and therefore totally useless). I bought it and then got a refund. No idea why they wouldn't sell the current editon of the Kindle book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By renaissance geek on June 6, 2012
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I first downloaded Drupal to investigate it some years ago; I can't really remember when or what version. What I do remember all to clearly was the hyperventilating and rocking gently in a corner that resulted from trying to get it working. Some software out there has a very low cost of entry; you can set it up and get it running with minimal knowledge and learn the details as you go along. Other software requires you to open the bonnet and get your hands dirty before it will play nicely. Drupal most definitely falls into the latter category. After my first encounter that perverse laziness that all programmers possess kicked in and I "decided" that Drupal was just too heavy weight for my purposes and it was better to scratch code websites rather than put in the effort to dredge through Drupal's (at that point) not terribly clear documentation. More recently I've embraced the joys of WordPress and though just maybe I should give Drupal another go and thankfully along came the second edition of Using Drupal from O'Reilly.

Now Drupal is an amazingly capable piece of software, but the corollary to this is that it's also very complex and not terribly user friendly. The available documentation is somewhat technical and seems to aimed much more at developers than users. Using Drupal on the other hand does exactly what you would expect from the title; leads you through using the software to build websites. There is one initial technical chapter covering Drupal architecture and where is fits into the web development jigsaw but after that it becomes much more hands on. Each chapter covers a specific theme that will crop up in most web developers lives at some point such as user configuration, media management, e-commerce and the like.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Gaj on March 28, 2013
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This is a great book. I'm not quite halfway through it, but I've learned an immense amount about Drupal 7 and what it can accomplish. Since Drupal is not really "linear" in the sense of more standard programming languages, I think it makes it a difficult subject to teach or impart knowledge. Angela Byron and co. seem to have found the right formula, as the approach is extremely accessible and provides the exact pace and amount of detail to the reader as it is warranted.

There are also copious amounts of screenshots to provide detail at each step, since you are working in a graphical environment.

I heartily recommend this book for both its perfect pace and its level of detail.

Highly rated!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Raymer on June 3, 2013
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Drupal is an exceptional tool, but it is not intuitive to those of us who live other lives. I was disappointed with another book I bought to get familiar with Drupal, and so I was leary about spending more money on another book, sight unseen. But "Using Drupal" has been terrific. I already had my site up and running, so I skipped over the stuff about how to set it up, but it's all there. This is perhaps the most useful computer book I have read. A tremendous amount of work must have gone into putting it together. Well done!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Heredia on March 23, 2013
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It provides an excellent introduction to Drupal capabilities. This is the first book that I am reading on this subject and so far it's been an excellent guide.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Ryan on March 4, 2013
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This book is great if you're never going to dive into any sort of custom programming.
I was a little disappointed to find practically nothing in terms of customization and alteration on a development front from this book.
It's def not a deal breaker, if you're new, this will be a great read and introduction. If you're looking for developmental help, continue looking.

**Update**
Though I still agree with my initial review, I wanted to comment on this books coverage of Drupal Commerce. I just setup my first Drupal Commerce site and this book was extremely helpful with helping me get the foundation and building blocks right and easily explained how to integrate Commerce into your site.
I'm aware that I could have easily gone with "Commerce Kickstart", but after reading many reviews on how Kickstart isn't all it's cracked up to be, I decided to start from scratch and turned to this book.
It did a great job explaining all the in's and out's and why Commerce was built the way it was.

I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to start diving into Drupal 7.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Gentry on July 30, 2012
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Drupal is a wonderful and powerful content management system but I do feel that the resources on where to start and how to accomplish certain tasks could be better. In that regard "Using Drupal" is valuable asset. It should also be noted that coding and custom modules are not not covered in this book.

This version specializes in Drupal 7 so make sure this is compatible with your goals, you won't get a lot of value is you are using Drupal 5 or 6.

Using Drupal is fairly well written (see exceptions below) and does a good job balancing between theory (background info) and hands-on examples. The authors recommend going through the first three chapters and then remaining chapters can stand on their own based on your needs. I agree with this recommendation.

After you get done with this book you will have a strong foundation into Drupal's functionality and the majority of the common modules. With this knowledge in place you may want to advance into coding modifications and the creation of custom modules and you will have a strong starting foundation.

It should be noted that this book is not perfect. The installation process for each of the examples (chapter 3 to 9) is not very clear and some quick Google searches should help. I also noticed several typos in Chapter 9 that refer to Ubercart even though the examples use Drupal Commerce (note: Ubercart was used in first version of the book which focused on Drupal 6).

Honestly these oversights are *not* acceptable for a professional publication but overall the book is excellent.
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