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Using Drupal [Paperback]

by Angela Byron, Addison Berry, Bruno De Bondt
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April 30, 2012 1449390528 978-1449390525 Second Edition

Take advantage of Drupal’s vast collection of community-contributed modules and discover how they make this web framework unique and valuable. With this guide, you’ll learn how to combine modules in interesting ways (with minimal code-wrangling) to develop several community-driven websites— including a job posting board, photo gallery, online store, product review database, and event calendar.

The second edition focuses on Drupal 7, the latest version of this open source system. Each project spans an entire chapter, with step-by-step "recipes" to help you build out the precise functionality the site requires. With this book, developers new to Drupal will gain experience through a hands-on introduction, and experienced Drupal developers will learn real-world best practices.

  • Learn Drupal’s concepts and building blocks, and how everything works together
  • Hit the ground running—build your first Drupal site hands-on
  • Explore solutions that meet each project’s requirements, and discover why specific modules were selected
  • Understand the projects through case studies, including the client’s needs and desires
  • Learn how to configure modules with a bird’s-eye view of how they work
  • Discover new modules, including Drupal Commerce, Media, and Workbench

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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 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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; Second Edition edition (April 30, 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THE KINDLE VERSION, NOT THE 2012 BOOK July 19, 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars From phobic to fan! June 6, 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting going with Drupal 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 D. Gaj
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for an introduction March 4, 2013
By J. Ryan
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Drupal book for beginners 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good coverage of Drupal modules in a practical format.
I really liked the practical approach that this book takes using an assortment of projects. Each project demonstrates some key Drupal modules. Read more
Published 23 days ago by M. A. Mowen
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty good but not crazy about having reinstall drupal just to do the...
I liked this book at the start - good hands on exercises and pretty well-explained. However things get hard at chapter 3 when you have to jump through a whole lot of hoops just as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by dp
5.0 out of 5 stars learn Drupal
This is a fantastic book to learn Drupal - a must read. I'm new to drupal and found the book really easy to read and understand and apply the hands on material. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MattNichols911
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Fantastic book, made drupal accessible to both myself (techie) and my GF (not techie). Really great for a first timer, can't go wrong here.
Published 4 months ago by Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a must to those willing to learn Drupal website development!!
The book is almost spoon feeding. Every chapter has a case study to deal with, practicing what you had learned in every chapter, which is good for beginners in web... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Eleison Cruz
4.0 out of 5 stars Complete and easy to read
I'm new in the drupal word and this book is a step by step book for undestad and learn about this excelent CMS
Published 11 months ago by Adolfo Morales
1.0 out of 5 stars I have only read the first chapter, however...
I would just have liked to see clearly stated on the Amazon site that the $19.79 price tag for the kindle version, did not include, although it is an electronic version, the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by G. Dadush
2.0 out of 5 stars Using Drupal 2nd edition: too static for a moving target
Drupal is a moving target due to regular updates. So are contributions such as modules. Since Using Drupal is a static publication and, therefore, inflexible, a student who starts... Read more
Published 14 months ago by R. Vunderink
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Using Drupal" (O'Reilly Publishing)
A good informative text on creating websites using Drupal. The book holds true to its' mission of being intended for the moderate user who already has some familiarity with... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Boboala
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