Professional Sitecore 8 Development: A Complete Guide to Solutions and Best Practices 1st ed. Edition
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From the Back Cover
Front- and back-end developers will utilize this step-by-step guide and comprehensive overview of Sitecore development and best practices to structure templates and content within Sitecore, work with integrated tools, and leverage its extensive automation capabilities. Sitecore was recently recognized as one of the most reputable and reliable, enterprise-class web content management solutions (WCMS) available in the marketplace. Thousands of companies are using Sitecore to manage their digital experiences online.Because Sitecore is such a large, complex platform, developers often have a hard time coming up to speed, even after completing a Sitecore training course for developers. However, leveraging the design patterns and other practices laid out in this book will make that transition much easier.
Professional Sitecore 8 Development provides a soup-to-nuts approach for a Sitecore rookie to come up to speed quickly, as well as provide more advanced techniques for seasoned veterans that they may not be exposed to otherwise. Key coverage areas include:
- Getting started with Sitecore development
- Front-end development techniques
- Incorporating design patterns into your Sitecore solutions Unit testing Sitecore applications
- Programming Sitecore’s marketing capabilities
- Sitecore automation with PowerShell Advanced development techniques
About the Author
Jason Wilkerson is the Discipline Lead of the Sitecore practice at RBA, Inc., a Sitecore Platinum Partner. In 2016, he had the honor of being selected as a Sitecore Technology MVP, primarily due to his commitment to the Sitecore Community as a speaker, blogger and thought leader. Jason's passions lie deep in architecture and technology. With an unrivaled eye towards quality and elegance, he strives to make every customer's solution the most intuitive and maintainable it can possibly be - not only from a technical standpoint, but also from the user's perspective. With almost two decades of experience building enterprise-class software, as well as leading teams of developers, project managers, business analysts and quality assurance testers, he's been able to assemble an impressive list of successful projects, leaving nothing but satisfied customers behind him.
In his free time, Jason is also an avid singer, guitar player and bassist. From a very early age, the same passion that has driven him in technology, has driven his love for music and the honing of his talents. It is this creative outlet, he believes, that provides a unique perspective in the realm of technology. His training and education in computer science provides the foundation for the engineering side of software, but his creative nature serves as the backdrop for creating intuitive, user-centric, customer solutions.
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While the book says it's not an "introduction" it barely qualifies as content appropriate for a seasoned software engineer. It does not extol best practices, nor the techniques common in industry. Given the foreword is written by Michael West (A sell sword for Sitecore) it is not much more than a giant marketing book where you paid for them to waste your time.
Not all of it is bad as seasoned software engineer who has worked with sitecore you'll find a handful of pointers.
When the book avoids discussing are the challenges of working with the product Sitecore which would be more appropriate given the "Professional" in the title. Upgrading sitecore is a PITA (it takes 4-6 hours to upgrade point versions) It lacks version control for your data templates and there is very little community (even in major cities like New York or Boston) around the product.
Also this book is in Black and White not color like the preview indicated which was kind of disappointing.
It's not a compendium of all aspects of Sitecore development (for example it does not cover serialization or deployment) but it covers daily developer tasks very well.
I am a Sitecore MVP with 8+ years of Sitecore experience.
Disclaimer: I know the authors. Opinion is my own, and I read the book. They didn't ask me to write this.