- Series: Expert's Voice in Open Source
- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (December 16, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590595629
- ISBN-13: 978-1590595626
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,534,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Building Online Communities With Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress 1st ed. Edition
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About the Author
Robert T. Douglass is a core developer and member of the security team for the Drupal project. As a leading voice in the Drupal community, he works hard to introduce new programmers and webmasters to the joys of building websites with Drupal. To this end, Robert headed Drupal's involvement in the Google Summer of Code, 2005. Robert is a freelance Drupal consultant and programmer, working out of his home in Germany.
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For programmers, who already understand most of PHP's basic concepts, this approach can be frustrating. The book spends pages demonstrating things that could be explained in a paragraph or two.
You can learn PHP from this book whatever your background, but if you have already mastered another programming language, you'll be better off with a book that teaches PHP from that point of view.
I have been trying to learn how this powerful CMS system works as I start my first Drupal site, and have spent many hours on the official website reading documentation and community posts from the incredibly helpful folks over there. However, sometimes computer people have a hard time communicating effectively with the less-technical among us. As an instructor myself, I constantly have to remind myself to slow down and make no assumptions when I teach - a skill it takes a long time to master.
This book is a shining example of that skill put to good use. The author is extremely talented at phrasing things in "real English" and makes no assumptions that the reader has any pre-existing knowledge. His explanations are well thought out, and make perfect sense out of what can be a complex subject. He has obviously spent a lot of time crafting the words to ensure you get the picture. I've had many "ah-ha!" moments reading this book, where something came together and clicked in my mind - even after reading many other explanations elsewhere.
There are a few features and modules mentioned which are available only in the upcoming Drupal 4.7 (which is currently available in a beta test version, and working quite well just as it is), but it would have made no sense to publish a new book that only covers older features when the new version is literally weeks away.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning Drupal.
So, disappointed? Please! I'm thrilled and very pleased with it all! :)
The installation instrucions for drupal was a joke...use the online installation...same thing.
Help with phpbb...again can get better help online.
WordPress ... maybe, just maybe ok since I'm not a WordPress user.
If you are looking for a book to take you beyond what is online, this is not the book. They simply put a cover on what you can find online so they could make some bucks. If you are a beginner to installing any type of php program, you will pull your hair out in frustration and if you don't have hair, you may grow it from the stress in trying to understand this rehash that was poorly organized and written.
I have bought hundreds of computer books and this by far is one of the worse.
This very disappointing effort is misnamed and poorly considered. Someone back at the publisher's office said, "Hey, these online communities are hot -- what can we quickly scrap together for a book?"
I *thought* it was going to be about the nature of online communties: how they work, why you want to set one up, how the community interacts with the site, how to promote involvement, when you would choose Drupal over WordPress, etc. -- important stategic questions about online communities.
It's nothing like that. This is primarily an introductory software manual about how to install the programs and tweak the settings. That information and much more is already available to you in the form of online documentation and forums.
Here you have 500 pages of opportunistic pap that will be gathering dust in a matter of weeks. Please don't waste your time or money as I did.