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SilverStripe 2.4 Module Extension, Themes, and Widgets: Beginner's Guide Paperback – May 3, 2011
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This book on the other hand takes the bottom-up approach. BAM! After an inadequate introduction in chapter 1, in chapter 2 it gets straight into the details of the API, function calls and their parameters, etc. It doesn't pause to explain why you might be doing the things it asks you to do. Not only that, but if you follow along with their tutorial approach, they don't supply pictures of what you are supposed to see on the screen at any point. I'm near the end of chapter 2 and I know less about SS than when I started (I had the advantage of completing half of the other book before I started on this one.)
This is NOT a beginner's guide to SS.Read more ›
Krenn is currently finishing his double master in Software Engineering & Internet Computing and Information & Knowledge Management at the Vienna University, and his knowledge of programming concepts and theories shows; he smoothly guides the reader through the Silverstripe system and highlights its ORM features and clean object oriented structure.
The book does show some similarities to the official Silverstripe book by Ingo Schommer (I read the German version in 2009), in that it approaches the Silverstripe novice and explains the system in its entirety. Having worked with Silverstripe since 2007, this is off course superfluous for readers like me, but essential in a book of this kind, especially as it is only the second book available on Silverstripe.
I have to admit, that when I first saw the title of this book I got excited as I've been working on developing a couple modules. It was great to finally find some good help and instruction on Modules, and widgets.
While the book says Beginner's Guide on the cover, it really is useful for intermediate and seasoned developers alike. With almost 2 years of Silverstripe development experience, I learned new things all throughout this book.
At first glance, everything is well organized and easy to find, and if you have a question in a certain area, you can refer to the preface and see what each chapter is about. Each chapter has well explained examples that introduce (or reinforce) the MVC framework and OO principles.
Sections in the chapters flow nicely and are easy to follow. At first I thought the pop quizzes were a little childish. However when I actually tried to write down my answers with out looking for help, I started realizing that the further I went through the book, the less I really do know about silverstripe. If I read and practice the examples I will become good at this.
Chapter 7 was very informative for me. While I've worked with Uncle Cheese's modules before, this chapter really explained whats going on in his modules and how I can use them effectively in pages that I'm building. Also showing how to make modules was explained clearly and the step by step process showed me that anyone can do this.
Over all, this is an excellent book for Silverstripe developers from beginning to advanced.Read more ›
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I don't know a better way of learning SilverStripe 2.4 (and preparing for the release of SS 3.0, which is expected by the end of 2011) than to get this book and work through it. Read morePublished on July 12, 2011 by Shawn McBurnie
This book took me a couple chapters to get into. If you've already done a SilverStripe site you can skip to chapter 3, and just skim it as a refresher. Read morePublished on June 19, 2011 by D. Rye
SilverStripe 2.4 - Module Extension, Themes and Widgets is by Philipp Krenn and published by Packt Publishing. Read morePublished on June 13, 2011 by Chris