- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (23 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782169318
- ISBN-13: 978-1782169314
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 416,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Concrete5 Beginner's Guide Paperback – 23 Apr 2013
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About the Author
Remo Laubacher grew up in Central Switzerland in a small village surrounded by mountains and natural beauty. He started working with computers a long time ago and then, after various computer-related projects, focused on ERP and Oracle development. After completing his BSc in Business Administration, Remo became a partner at Ortic, his ERP and Oracle business, as well as a partner at Mesch web consulting and design GmbH. At Meschwhere he's responsible for all development-related topicshe discovered concrete5 as the perfect tool for their web-related projects and has since become a key member of the concrete5 community. You can find his latest publications on http://www.codeblog.ch/.
He has also authored concrete5 Beginner's Guide and Creating concrete5 Themes.
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Although much of the information contained in this book can already be found freely online, it is good to have everything consolidated into a single book. Each chapter approaches a different topic in a methodical manner. Important details are emphasised and short quizzes are used to help recap on information learnt. It lets you study at your own pace.
I think the only thing to be aware of is that the next version of Concrete5 (due for release in a few months from now) is going to introduce a pretty radical overhaul of the editing interface and changes to the way you can drag and drop blocks within a page. So that is something to watch-out for, as the instructions given in this book may not correctly match future versions of Concrete5. Things like the TinyMCE editor appear to be getting replaced with an in-page content editor instead (if the latest Beta builds are anything to go by). But apart from that, this book is totally relevant.
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If you are going to use C5 (and you should) you need to read this. The guy who wrote is is one of the most active members of the concrete5 community (Remo). His understanding of the system is vast and because of all the time he spends answering forum questions he has a very easy to follow explanation style. This isn't your fathers book on Computer Science theory, get ready to roll up your sleeves, grab a wrench and get ready to get dirty!
Example: I was on a 13 hour train ride form Adirondacks to DC and thought I would just finish up a site i was working on (I had not yet read the book) I needed to set up a section of the site that handled new customer registration/login and an advanced permission system. The trains Wifi was out so I cracked my C5 for beginners guide. I was finished with the whole permissions system with registration and login in less then 1 hour. I was shocked. So now it is my go to book.
If you work with C5 (again, you should) you need to read this book, whether you are a professional or DIY type this read will give you the basics that will let you soar.
Sidebar (make sure you read the themeing site over portion and block creation as that part also just pulled me out of the proverbial fire)
The CMS is a really powerful tool but this book gives you so many great methods of getting more out of it.
The writer explains things in easy to understand ways and uses real world examples. By the end of the book you can easily have a up and running website that you have full control over.
If your new to Concrete5 and want to get a good handle on it then this is the book for you.
Although it is called a 'Beginners Guide' you will need some basic HTML and CSS knowledge and a tiny bit of PHP, so it may not be for a total beginner with no experience at all.
Even if you don't have any knowledge you would probably still manage to get a lot out of the book.
I strongly recommend this book to all that are new to concrete 5.
It is extremely well written with practical exercises and pop quizzes that make reading both enjoyable and fun.
The book is full of best practices that will prove vital in avoiding any beginner errors
All visual aids are up to date and accurate
It provides you with everything you need to have your own custom made concrete 5 site up and running.
10 out of 10 , Congratulations to the author.