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Building Powerful and Robust Websites with Drupal 6 [Paperback]

David Mercer
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1 Feb 2008
This book updates the bestselling Drupal: Creating Blogs, Forums, Portals, and Community Websites for Drupal 6, the latest, much improved version of this popular open-source Content Management System. Targeting readers with little experience in website design, unfamiliar with PHP, MySQL or HTML, and with little to no experience of Drupal, it looks pragmatically at the steps needed from knowing you want a website right through to designing and building it like a pro, and then successfully managing and maintaining it. Experienced author David Mercer uses a friendly, engaging style that is clear and concise, allowing readers to advance rapidly until they can tackle any problem with confidence. Drupal is an elegantly designed, well-supported and flexible open-source CMS platform that empowers anyone to create a website or blog and is rapidly becoming first choice of people in the know. With this powerful tool you need not pay professionals to design a site; you can do the job yourself.

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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (1 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847192971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847192974
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19.2 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 801,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Mercer was born in August 1976 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Having always had a strong interest in science, David came into regular contact with computers at university where he graduated cum laude with majors in applied math and math (although he minored in computer science). As a programmer and professional writer who has been writing both code and books for about nine years, he has worked on a number of well known titles, in various capacities, on a wide variety of topics. His books have sold tens of thousands of copies and have been translated into over 6 different languages to date. David finds that the challenges arising from the dichotomous relationship between the science (and art) of software programming and the art (and science) of writing is what keeps his interest in producing books piqued. He will no doubt continue to write professionally in the future. David balances his time between programming, reviewing, writing, and contributing to interesting web-based projects such as RankTracer and LinkDoozer. When he isn't working (which isn't that often) he enjoys playing guitar (generally on stage and unrehearsed) and getting involved in outdoor activities ranging from touch rugby and golf to water skiing and snowboarding. Visit RankTracer or find him on LinkDoozer where he is generally lurking.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good point to kick off your Drupall experience 15 Dec 2008
Staring out with Drupal can be a pretty daunting thing to do so many options and so many modules to choose from it is tough to know where to start. This book does just that, it provides a great kicking off point for your drupal experience.

It covers some of the main modules, gives good examples and explains the underlying logic allowing you to grasp key Drupal concepts and move on.

It is as other reviews have stated for beginners and realistically after a few weeks of Drupal fiddling you will be passed this. Similarly if you are attempting to build a large or complicated site you will need more than this book gives.

All this said Drupal is one of those systems that once you grasp the logic you are more or less away and this book allows you to do that quickly and is nice to have sat by you during those initially fumbling steps.

Good book does what it sets out to do well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners 20 Feb 2009
By Jose
This is a very good book for Drupal beginners.
It is the best book I found for setting up my developing environment, although I would have wanted a bit more detailed on MySql, but at the end you manage through the installing process (yeah, and I'm just a computing amateur) .
It spends enough you need which the most important core modules. Do not expect fancy web site examples, but you can build something nice as a starting point.
One you get used to Drupal environment, I recommend to go for Using Drupal, much better, with useful examples and modules selection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every stone unturned 7 May 2008
After reading this book I was able to downloaded and install Drupal onto a website without any problem whatsoever. It is an excellent book and really does make things go smoothly with Drupal. I would recommend this book to both the beginner and those who perhaps installed Drupal and later wanted to take more advantage of what the software offers.

As with other PACKT books this is very clearly written, easy to understand and offers the option of a downloadable pdf version.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
David Mercer's Drupal: Creating Blogs, Forums, Portals, and Community Websites introduced me to Drupal 4.7. When I learned of a new Mercer title from Packt I offered to review Building Powerful and Robust Websites with Drupal 6. If you are impatient and read only the first and/or last para of things then to cut to the chase - if you are new to Drupal and content management systems you need this book. So, go and buy it now!

I've been learning Drupal on-and-off (as spare time allows) since last summer. Reading this latest Mercerian effort I've undoubtedly benefited from reading the Drupal 4.7 text. The 4.7 title definitely got me up and running as a Drupal novice, so this formula and style is familiar to me. There are some physical changes: the paper on this latest offering (my copy at least) has better contrast. I could not find the exact font details, but the print size is larger and so there are fewer words per line which naturally helps readability. Consequently, the 4.7 book's 267 pages translates to 362 pages as measured to the last page of the index.

As a Drupal newbie myself I've struggled due to:

* The whole client-server set-up and creating a database driven community.
* Drupal's likeness to an iceberg:
o what you can see - themes, modules, users, forums
o what you can't see the MySQL, PHP, CSS, server, template and other files...
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18 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Poor 7 Jun 2008
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My first error with this book was that I didn't read the Amazon description carefully enough - this is a book for total beginners with no knowledge of (anything at all) html or php.

This first page of chapter one nearly made me throw the book away from the get-go. Asking the reader 'why should you bother to learn html or php?' and comparing the need for learning programming akin to the need for a lawyer to know the details of how to build a court room simply because that is where they work. Didn't make any sense to me either.

The very first page discredits programmers and the need for the reader to learn anything to do with it, yet still necessitates that they are going to build a website? So the author is saying that he is a lawyer who's going to build a court room with a little program, but no knowledge of how to do it.

The book drags on with things like 'in order to add a user, click on the add a user button' and things that a child could figure out without being told. References to future chapters are also constantly made, I think around chapter 5 there are atleast 3 instances where it says 'skip ahead to chapter 10 to see what i'm talking about' - sign of a poorly structured book? I think so.

All in all, I was highly dissapointed to find that there was nothing that this book taught me that I didnt already know just from playing with the administration section of Drupal on my own. There were no case studies, and no practical uses made reference to other than for individual modules like 'how to set up a forum' - which pretty much involved 'click on the set up a forum button'.

The book overuses ridiculous terms like 'the beauty', 'the power', and 'the elegance' of Drupal in a way that suggests the author would rather marry Drupal than use it.
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