- Paperback: 494 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2nd edition (May 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449390528
- ISBN-13: 978-1449390525
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Angela Byron is an open source evangelist, and has been called a Drupal freak by those in the know. She got her start as a Google Summer of Code student in 2005 and since then, she has immersed herself in the Drupal community. Her work includes coding and reviewing patches, creating and contributing to modules and themes, testing and quality assurance efforts within the project, improving documentation, and providing user support on forums and IRC. Angela is on the Board of Directors for the Drupal Association, and helps drive community growth by leading initiatives to help get new contributors involved. She is a sought-after lecturer on many themes, especially the topic of women in Open Source.
Addison Berry is deeply involved with Drupal and takes part in many aspects of both the software and the community. She contributes patches to core Drupal, maintains several contributed modules, and is active in various mentoring programs such as the Drupal Dojo group and Google's Highly Open Participation (GHOP) program. Addison helps maintain the drupal.org website, and is a permanent member of the Drupal Association General Assembly. Her work focuses on improving Drupal documentation and she has worked to provide a wide range of tutorials covering all aspects of Drupal from community involvement to code.
Bruno De Bondt has been theming and developing with Drupal since 2005, specializing in independent media sites. After stumbling upon Drupal while looking for an open source CMS to build a major Belgian citizen journalism website, he was captivated with its flexibility and the project's community. His contributions to Drupal include documentation and usability testing, with a focus on multimedia, and modules that improve editorial workflows.
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I was a little disappointed to find practically nothing in terms of customization and alteration on a development front from this book.
It's def not a deal breaker, if you're new, this will be a great read and introduction. If you're looking for developmental help, continue looking.
Though I still agree with my initial review, I wanted to comment on this books coverage of Drupal Commerce. I just setup my first Drupal Commerce site and this book was extremely helpful with helping me get the foundation and building blocks right and easily explained how to integrate Commerce into your site.
I'm aware that I could have easily gone with "Commerce Kickstart", but after reading many reviews on how Kickstart isn't all it's cracked up to be, I decided to start from scratch and turned to this book.
It did a great job explaining all the in's and out's and why Commerce was built the way it was.
I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to start diving into Drupal 7.
This version specializes in Drupal 7 so make sure this is compatible with your goals, you won't get a lot of value is you are using Drupal 5 or 6.
Using Drupal is fairly well written (see exceptions below) and does a good job balancing between theory (background info) and hands-on examples. The authors recommend going through the first three chapters and then remaining chapters can stand on their own based on your needs. I agree with this recommendation.
After you get done with this book you will have a strong foundation into Drupal's functionality and the majority of the common modules. With this knowledge in place you may want to advance into coding modifications and the creation of custom modules and you will have a strong starting foundation.
It should be noted that this book is not perfect. The installation process for each of the examples (chapter 3 to 9) is not very clear and some quick Google searches should help. I also noticed several typos in Chapter 9 that refer to Ubercart even though the examples use Drupal Commerce (note: Ubercart was used in first version of the book which focused on Drupal 6).
Honestly these oversights are *not* acceptable for a professional publication but overall the book is excellent.
The book's format includes several different site-building projects (online commerce store, job-posting site, etc.) with each one incorporating a larger, more complex feature set than the last. I purchased the book as an optional resource for a Drupal development class I'm taking. I have yet to build any of the site prototypes, but the book is comprehensive and well organized. It's hard to go wrong with O'Reilly textbooks.
That's why I was excited when I learned this book was going to be updated to Drupal 7. The authors behind it are well known in the Drupal community. Angela Byron, in particular, is the core co-maintainer for Drupal 7, so when you open these pages you know you are in good hands.
This book will basically save you a lot of research. If you have to start a Drupal project soon it will give you a quick refresh and overview of the current set of features of the latest Drupal version. Normally, a technical book will only serve a particular kind of audience but because of the way they have organized this one, it is probably valuable for a variety of people. In particular, 1) web developers studying if Drupal is a good fit for their project, 2) someone updating their skills from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7, and specially 3) a website builder who is looking to implement one of the case studies described in the book (a job posting board, a media management site, or an online store, to mention a few).
I particularly enjoyed the section dedicated to multilingual websites. Because of my job all my sites need to be language-aware. In this section you will understand how to translate the interface (and contribute back to Drupal), keep your modules translated automatically, and maintaining content in more than one language.
What you won't find is a deeply technical book. You will barely see code, and you won't get into module development or constructing Drupal distributions. However, if you need to have a set of reliable modules to start your developments and a good understanding of the current capabilities of Drupal 7, this book is definitely worth reading.