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Drupal 7: the Essentials Paperback – June 30, 2011
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Drupal fanatic and screencast volcano extraordinaire Johan Falk works at NodeOne with Drupal education and has produced a long series of screencasts about Drupal on www.nodeone.se
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The book is especially appropriate for beginner-to-intermediate Drupal developers. Several other Drupal books about Drupal 7, or with Drupal 7 sections, seem to have been published too early to provide accurate and complete information about Drupal 7. In contrast, this book is quite up-to-date about version 7's changes and new functionalities.
The book is a must-have for people creating news and documentation sites and portals; the author includes extensive practice exercises developing two mock sites--a "Documentation" site, and a "News" site. Specific guidance about these two types of sites are lacking in most other Drupal books.
The book's only weakness (English version) is its lack of having been adequately proofread. There are many grammatical errors. However, because because of how informative and compelling the book is, and because the author and publisher are Swedish and the translation seems to have been done digitally - I was able to forgive all the typos and make sense of most grammatical errors. Being patient with these translation glitches will pay off for you.
While this book is not as extensive and complete as the must-have "The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7," nor as advanced as "Drupal 7 Fields/CCK" -- I heartily recommend adding this book to your library and visiting its Website. You will have a top-notch basic reference book with hours of related video lessons.
I am experienced PHP programmer. I'm comfortable with MySQL and pgSQL. JQuery is my friend. But somehow frameworks and framework based systems make me uncomfortable. Drupal is all that. Familiar and scary all at once.
"The Essentials" was just what I needed. It covers things in an order and organization that makes sense. I usually use a book like this as a reference. Read a bit here, look up something there, leaf through looking for ideas (flipping through on kindle, that is). So I was surprised to find myself reading it straight-through cover-to-cover and enjoying the experience. It was just the leg-up that I needed.
To be sure the book has some rough edges in translation and editing, but they do not detract from the helpfulness of this book in learning the lay of the Drupal landscape.
For me this book was indeed "essential"
there were some minor editorial errors but overall a great value!!!