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Drupal 7 Views Cookbook Paperback – March 26, 2012
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About the Author
J. Ayen Green
J. Ayen Green has developed software since inventing the abacus, created websites since [insert name du jour] created the Web, and has been a Drupaler somewhat longer than his current D.O. uid (you try settling on an id when your real name is Dries Webchick). A writer and columnist of sorts, a poet of metered sorts, husband, father, friend and rascal, when not plugged in Green enjoys nature, dogs, horses and other critters, kayaking, zip-lining, spicy food, the arts and other cultures. He and his wife, Sofia-Aileen, make their home in New York City.
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Top Customer Reviews
The author apparently used an old version of Views, and while he says it's for Views 3, his descriptions of the controls to use bear little correlation to the current version. In his first example, he gives a step by step "How to" of editing a clone of an existing page. The problem is that the items he describes do not exist. "2. Click on the + link in the Filters box. 3. A dialog box titled Master: Add Filters will open. 4. In the Groups select box, choose Node. ..." None of those controls, nor the ones that he describes in the steps that follow, exist in Views 3 on Drupal 7.
What makes this especially unhelpful is that there are few screen shots so that someone might be able to figure out where the capabilities he has referred to have gone. He also saves the (very brief) explanation of what the steps he was taking were supposed to do to the end. It's as if someone gave you directions like "go to the second traffic light and turn right, then turn left at the 4rd light, then right at the 2nd stop sign. How about that view?" No map of where you're going, and no explanation of why you're performing the actions in the "recipes." Each of them just says "we'll start with (this view), and will make some changes. Carry out the following steps in order to accomplish this recipe."
Technology and UIs do change, although we've had our installation of Views 3 for a good amount of time so the changes haven't been that recent. But I gave the author the benefit of the doubt and headed up to Packt Publishing to get the update and/or errata. Nothing there.Read more ›
Whereas I've found J Ayen Green's previous book "Drupal 6 Attachment Views" to be quite useful, this one is a bit of a mess. There is an errata page to correct some of the errors in the book, found at: [...]
If you need to build views and don't want to loose your head reading hundreds of pages and sites, this is your book.