- Series: Joomla! Press
- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (April 5, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 013278081X
- ISBN-13: 978-0132780810
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Mark Dexter has been writing software since the 1970s. He cofounded and ran a commercial software company for 28 years before retiring to do volunteer work in open source software. Mark first started using Joomla! in 2008 and joined the Production Leadership Team in 2009. He has worked extensively in different areas of the project, including the user forums, Google Summer of Code, documentation and help screens, and the Bug Squad. Mark has actively participated in the Joomla! development process since 2009, including fixing bugs, adding features, and coordinating the release of new Joomla! versions. Mark lives in Seattle, Washington.
Louis Landry wrote a large part of the Joomla! framework for version 1.5 and 1.6, and he has been a major design architect for Joomla! for more than five years. His first experience with computers was playing on a 286 with Basic at his father’s office. Louis has programmed in many languages, ranging from low level x86 assembly to managed languages like Java and scripting languages like PHP. He was a founding member of his university’s robotics team. Louis is a car nut, and enjoys working on them in his spare time. He lives in Silicon Valley in California.
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Joomla is an easy to use, open source content management system used to power millions of websites. Not only is it designed to make it easy to build and manage a website, it also is built to make it easy to add new functionality. This book explains how to extend Joomla in a variety of ways, starting from layout overrides and modules all the way through building platform applications and extending classes.
There is a third audience, too, which is self-taught people like me who have worked with Joomla code for a long time, but mainly to solve particular problems. For us, this book gives us the missing big picture view that will help us hack in the right way. And amazingly, the right way usually involves less work, not more, which is the power of the Joomla design patterns and platform.
There are many things to like in the book, but one thing that I particularly appreciated was the way security topics are integrated in each chapter. They really explain not only what you should do to build secure extension but also why some kinds of code can make your site vulnerable.
Written by two of the people who know Joomla best, Mark Dexter (project manager for the Joomla! CMS) and Louis Landry (principal architect of the Joomla Platform), this book is a must have for every Joomla developer and every webmaster who wants to understand how Joomla works and is thinking about modifying a file.
Elin Waring is a Joomla web master and hacker, contributer, active in the Joomla Bug Squad and co-author of The Official Joomla! Book (Joomla! Press)
This book will teach you how to make loops, how to setup a development environment or which IDE to use. There are also some fundamentals of OOP and similar things for begineners.
What this book lacks is deeper Joomla programming knowledge and the best practices to write a Joomla extension. Good start for programming beginners, but definitely not recommended for those that want to learn something beyond what is already freely available as joomla documentation.
This is the best Joomla Development book written to date. It raises the bar on all the other writers (so get back to work Steve, Matt, Barry and even Elin).
In fact I broke my of my own rules. I decided to post my review before I did a full in depth read. I did do a quick read through. One reason is that I want to savoir each page, but that will take a while. It also means that I have to spend less time on the HTML5 Developers Cookbook. I reviewed a great book last week.
Tech books are getting much better and this is proof.
Mark Dexter and Louis Landry are adept in explaining each nuance in plain English, with examples any person can follow. Ok you have to know a little bit about HTML and Joomla, but not much.
Mark is an excellent teacher, having seen him in action at Joomla Day New York.
I suggest getting both the tangible version and the eBook.
The eBook allows for a better search and the physical book allows for better note taking and browsing.
Plus you can get them to sign the book at Joomla events (very geeky I know)
The chapters are not cumulative, which means you can select anywhere to start.
As a bonus they also go into setting up a proper development environment and a quick study on PHP as it relates to Joomla and Object oriented programming (OOP).
The only caution is to be aware of teh time when you start, because you will not put this book down.
Without a doubt you should be able to create your own custom extension when done.
I review books for a number of publications and often I get the books gratis. I am not paid to review the books by any party and I do select the books I read. I read the entire book (except this time) and publish reviews when I think the review will be helpful to others.
I also didn't think the authors did a good job of explaining the topics. They basically throw some code at the reader and repeat it line by line over and over in each chapter without fully explaining the purpose of it.
Still, I support the Joomla Project and as such also this book which was written by Joomla Developers. Thanks for the effort.
Most recent customer reviews
Good reference book for programmers. Need to check online for latest features.
I think they knew what they were talking about but they're programmers, definitely not technical writers.Read more