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4.0 out of 5 stars Desperately needs revising, February 14, 2011
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This review is from: Drupal's Building Blocks: Quickly Building Web Sites with CCK, Views, and Panels (Paperback)
I gave this book 4 stars only because I am pretty sure it's the only book that covers a lot of the material and I don't want to deter people from reading it. If there were other books on this subject, I would have given it 2 or 3 stars. The writers seem to have a poor grasp of the craft of writing; they fly through difficult concepts and are curiously wordy in explaining simple concepts. I bought it primarily to shed light on the mysterious dark reaches of CCK and Views. I admit that I have skipped the chapters on the low-level APIs, but, having read the chapters aimed at users, I feel that I am only halfway to being an expert, particularly on Views. The problems are made worse by the fact that, despite having been published only last month, there is no mention of Drupal 7, CCK 3 or Views 3. I think there is potential in this book, but they need to expand their coverage of advanced uses of Views, add some discussion of the new versions, and preferably bring on a professional writer to revamp the material already covered. Here's hoping for a much improved second edition.
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Initial post: May 18, 2011 11:50:56 PM PDT
Alkiguy says:
On one hand, I would be inclined to think that people so close to the subject, would produce a very authoritative book.
On the other hand, as pathetically sparse as the documentation on drupal.org is on subjects like Views, CCK, Rules, and other contrib material, why would anyone presume that the same people that should have documented the code in the first place - would start now?

Posted on Jun 19, 2011 7:18:26 AM PDT
E. Scoles says:
Panels is in such desperate need of good documentation that this is a sore disappointment. And Earl Miles does his module no favors by so aggrressively discouraging non help-system documentation.
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