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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463659717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463659714
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have purchased over a dozen books about Drupal, and this one ranks among the top. It truly focuses on "The Essentials" of Drupal 7, as the title promises, and organizes its subjects in an impressively logical order. For a bonus, the author/publisher's website provides more than 40 tutorial videos, an impressive array of articles for developers, and an up-to-date blog.

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.
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A very good book for beginners with lots of practical examples and exercises. The logical flow of the book is spot on; the author does a very good job of transitioning from one topic to the next with each chapter building on the previous. I only wish that there were more excercises with thoroughly documented solutions. It would also help if each chapter had a high level overview that described the purpose of a particular setting, although the practical exercises are worth 10,000 words in explanations. Unfortunately, the author's native language isn't English, and there are numerous gramatical errors which can make the book difficult to read at times. The editor of the book definitely did not earn his keep. The most irritating aspect of this book is the fact that it has you reference the author's website for additional information and solutions to some of the exercises; BUT THE LINKS ARE NO LONGER VALID. If you go to the website, there is lots of additional information, but you can't see how it relates back to the chapters of the book and the exercises. The website really looks like a work in progress, and if you use the contact links, you will get no response. I would have given the book only two stars due to the failed website, but the book itself is written well enough to get you through most of the material and desrving of at least three stars on its own merit. If the website would have provided the necessary glue to solidify my knowledge in Drupal, I would have given the book five stars. Currently, I would recommend this book as a starter to Drupal, in conjuction with another book that shows you advanced topics and simultaneously fills in the remaining blanks.
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I recommend this book to anyone newer to and working with Drupal 7. nodeone.se is a Drupal agency that hosts all of the video training that Johann has produced about Drupal. Johann does an excellent job explaining all of the concepts introduced here. I also recommend going directly to their website as companion to this written training.

there were some minor editorial errors but overall a great value!!!
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This review is of the kindle version.

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"
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I'm only 100 pages in and so far it's fantastic. Having read many books on Drupal 7, this one most lucidly explains both content administration and application design process. Is it flawless? Certainly not - you may find the opening chapters remedial and obvious, but the format and informal style make it digestible and easy to retain. In brief, I've had a hard time sourcing books that describe modules in terms of use-cases and basic logic. This information is not always clear when combing through Drupal.org and context can be a challenge, short of installing each module and testing, which will slow you down. I am hoping to complete the book in a couple of days and will reference it with other (dryer) reference books. View this book as a companion to several others and the most conversational of all. End-users and content authors will benefit from it as well.
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