- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (May 25, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0133124231
- ISBN-13: 978-0133124231
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.3 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Drupal 7 Explained: Your Step-by-Step Guide 1st Edition
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"This book is an excellent starting point for new Drupal users, or for the Drupal-curious. Written with the needs of the absolute beginner in mind, it provides a resource for anyone, no matter how much or little the individual knows about HTML, PHP or servers, to get started on their own advanced website.
Burge manages to clearly explain very difficult Drupal concepts, such as Taxonomy, Views and Layouts. He also pointedly introduces the reader to the Drupal community (Drupal's greatest asset) throughout the book."
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Author Stephen Burge is one of the world's leading Drupal trainers: he has had more face-to-face interaction with Drupal learners than practically anyone. This book reflects all he's learned about how beginners learn best. It teaches through crystal-clear visuals, explanations, and analogies -- all extensively tested with real Drupal newcomers.
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If you are a developer, you can follow the step-by-step process to install Drupal and get started. The book does not assume that some obscure "Administrator" exists in your world who will "set you up" with an account. You are that person, and you can easily accomplish what is necessary to get started. PC or Mac? Doesn't matter. Local or Remote? Remote is recommended for obvious reasons, much less to do, and help is available. I got impatient and installed it locally with a simple download package. That got me started and I completed enough modules to know this book is excellent. Concomitantly, I acquired a new computer, and I really should start again, following their approach, on the new installation.
I found the Drupal terminology explained very clearly. Even the simple terms are introduced and then re-inforced by the web creation process. One interesting approach is to wait until Chapter 12 to discuss the End User. The whole concept of creating special access web pages (or content) or setting up unique permissions can clearly wait until you know what you are doing. By Chapter 12 you should know what you are doing, and whom your target audience is.
I think anyone can get started in Drupal with this book; you'd be a dummy to buy a different book!
I wish this author would put together an intermediate and expert level book on Drupal. He does a very in depth explanation of what is needed to be successful in the Drupal environment.
There were a few areas where I really had to concentrate to understand what he was trying to get you through but all in all, I was able to figure it out.. The book is pretty much on the spot with what you will see in the Drupal dashboard and behind the scenes of configuring your site. I've heard that other books can leave you in the wilderness, but this one doesn't.
Don't let the fact that Drupal 8 is coming out, get this for a good handle on how to create a site in Drupal 7. Knowledge learned from here will fit right into Drupal 8.
This book fits me a lot with my background. I read the entire book 2 times. The first time mainly reading, and the second time really following the steps and build a website. I believe it gave me a fair knowledge to start on Drupal, but it is still just a start. I believe I need more reading and practice to continue.
Some suggestions for improvement:
The example case used in the book can be another one more practical in normal beginners' lives. Some of steps described were too repetitive wasting pages for repeated steps. This can be shortened and presented in a better way otherwise it is a little bit boring.
After all, it is a nice book and I like it.
-the differences between content and content types
-adding images,videos,pricing and calendar fields to editorial materials
-finding and evaluating modules
-using themes,blocks and views for your projects.
To be able to attain these objectives.You need to do two things;the first thing, is to take a trial video class with the author and purchase
drupal 7 to complete your drupal learning process.
A year ago I built a site using one of the other Drupal intro books.
It got me there but it was very painful wading through that book.
A friend asked me to build them a drupal site.
I needed a refresher as I forgot most of how everything was put together and just could not face going through the other book again.
So I bought this book hoping for the best.
And wow, I was impressed.
I can highly recommend this book.
Don't pass go and just buy it.
If you want to learn Drupal this is the place to start.