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MODX: The Official Guide Paperback – September 1, 2011
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The author gushes about Modx in the intro chapter...that's more comforting than starting the book by saying "this product sucks" but it serves to warn that the author is a tad partial.
All-in-all, this is a really good book. The author addresses pretty much all of the issues that you need to know to develop a site with Modx and does so at a level that seems appropriate to most or all audiences. I do think you'd benefit by installing Modx and playing with it for a day or so before tackling the book...the book gave me many "aha!" moments when reading because I had already struggled with so many of the concepts. The author introduces liberal doses of "here-is-how-I-would-do-it" in the book and these are very appreciated; they serve to underscore areas and concepts that aren't necessarily intuitive.
Modx is a great Web development framework with many CMS-like features but there are powerful constructs and concepts that are really difficult for the newcomer to fully grasp. For example, a "site context" was something that I was sure was important but had no idea why. In a few quick paragraphs, the book showed me the power and the potential of site contexts within the first 30 pages or so. I had spent two hours trying to figure out how to do a certain task un-cached and was utterly defeated. The author solved the problem with a simple operator ([[!...). Duh.
Modx comes in two flavors: Evolution and Revolution. It appears to me that Revolution (essentially, Modx 2+) is a rework of the original framework where the developers decided to bite the bullet and throw out the bad ideas.Read more ›
I have developped and maintain a dynamic web site(with PHP and MySql) for my hobby interest though. This site is more than a simple blog site and run on MODX.
I bought Bob's book the moment it came out. Aside from usual stuff that tells you how to build website without any coding, the most strong point of his book is about how you can vastly improve your site with a little PHP coding and let the MODX engine (with APIs that you can tap) take care of otherwise hard programming exercise.
This is a thick book. You need to skim through the book and get a feeling of what is available inside.Read more ›
But recently, I heard about MODX, which allows you to use your own templates (or to modify the MODX templates as you please), and I said, "Finally!" So, I downloaded the software and started digging in. Unfortunately, the tutorials that I found on the web, although very helpful at times, often left this "newbee" out in the cold and the dark; in the woods, on a moonless night, without a flashlight! Yipe!
So I decided to take a chance at ordering MODX: The Official Guide. Honestly, I was skeptical about the purchase but went ahead, in hopes that I wouldn't be disappointed. Well, I got my copy a few days ago and I have to tell you -- I am really impressed!!!
Bob Ray has done a magnificent job! I mean, I was so pleased to see how clearly he explains everything! No kidding ... most books like this are not only dry and boring, but also very tiring ... and worded in ways that make the execution of various tasks very difficult to comprehend. Not this time! I find myself blazing through, page by page, and understanding exactly what I need to know. This is great!
If you are interested in learning MODX ... don't hesitate to buy this book. Bob Ray will walk you through every step and explain every task in enjoyable ways!
Good job, Bob!
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A brilliant book.
It covers everything in detail to get you going in MODX. You'll be build websites and web apps in no time. Read more
Not as much of a review as a request. In the interest of saving trees and preventing repetitive stress injuries from lifting this hefty tome i would really like to get a kindle... Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by kiril okun
Finally! I got my hands on a copy of BobRay's book! And the first thing I saw when flipping it open to a random page was the "getParentIds()" function. Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by sottwell
If you use modx, this book is probably the best resource money can buy at the moment.
I definitely recommend this
@Joe reader: You obviously have never used MODX nor even read the book. At most you looked at one book chapter. Basic tutorials can be found online. Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by AgentShark
If you are actively developing websites with MODX this book is a must.
I bought Bob's guide to MODX after working with MODX for several months. Read more