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Drupal 7 Themes (Community Experience Distilled) [Kindle Edition]

Ric Shreves
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Filled with practical examples, this book helps you to understand the logic behind the theming system employed in Drupal, and how to make it work for you. You will learn key concepts and work through examples with careful, step-by-step instructions. The main requirements to make use of this book are knowledge of HTML, CSS, and a touch of creativity. You don't need to know anything about theming in Drupal; all you need is basic experience of working with Drupal. Although this book aims to make Drupal theming accessible to designers, theming in Drupal 7 involves writing some PHP code, and a basic knowledge of PHP will be helpful. Regardless of your technical skills, this book will teach you to design themes for your Drupal websites quickly and easily.

About the Author

Ric Shreves


Ric Shreves is one of the founding partners of water&stone, an interactive agency that specialises in open source web content management systems. Ric has been building CMS websites for over 10 years, and during that time has been involved in projects for a number of global brands, including BASF, BearingPoint, Colgate-Palmolive, Tesco Lotus, FPDSavills CBRichard Ellis, Mercy Corps and many others. Ric has published a number of books on open source in general and on open source content management systems in particular. Past work includes books on Mambo, Drupal, Joomla! and Ubuntu.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2665 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (24 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00590M0Q8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Ric Shreves is a partner at water&stone, an interactive agency specializing in open source technologies. He's worked with content management technologies for more than 10 years and previously served as the Chairmen of the non-profit Mambo Foundation. Ric's written several books on technology and worked as a tech journalist and columnist for a number of publications, including ComputerWorld. He lives in Bali, Indonesia.

You can visit his personal site at http://RicShreves.net and his company site at http://www.waterandstone.com

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the three essential Drupal books 25 July 2012
Format:Paperback
A very good introduction to Drupal 7 theming. It's written in a clear and logical style. I found it very helpful when I started with Drupal theming; I still use it as a reference.

I'd go as far as to say it's one of the three essential books when learning Drupal (along with Using Drupal (from O'Reilly) and Drupal 7 Module Development (also from Packt).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction 18 Dec 2011
By Saf
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It has a good introduction to themes in Drupal. If you want to know how to modify the existing theme or even create you own theme then this book explain it well. The only downside in drupal in general is that creating your own theme from scratch requires knowing drupal APIs very well which can be painful.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Custom Themes from Scratch? Sorry, Not Here... 15 Jun 2011
By Brandon M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My goal in buying this book was to learn to create a custom theme from scratch to gain greater control and avoid the overuse of div and class tags that are common in so many drupal templates, as well as to learn how to build on that theme by adding more pages and customizing them. I am nearly finished with the book but am no closer to that goal than when I started. While I was able to write a page and a half of useful notes concerning other areas, I was disappointed to learn that the book dedicated all of 2 pages to the complex topic of custom theming from scratch (pages 144-145), the vast majority of which covers the issue of nesting HTML inside the PHP as a best practice and a review on creating a css file. I was hoping to find a systematic breakdown and explanation of the page.tpl.php file, not only of the php code (an easy task given that the page.tpl.php is all of 90 lines of code and is largely repetitive) but a demonstration of creating and implementing a new region within the page.tpl.php with any available options for variations described. Since a very general overview of the page.tpl.php file was given on pages 74-78 I was anticipating a further breakdown of this topic deeper into the book. I am not intimately familiar with php syntax but am able to easily grasp the concept if it is explained even to a minimal extent, however, in that section (pages 74-78) large chunks of code are described as to their general purpose and not explained in any depth, such as:

"The following excerpt includes the logo, the site name, and the site slogan. As the statements are all conditional, the output will only be displayed to the site visitors, if the site administrator has enabled the items in the Theme Configuration Manager" (pg 76, Shreves' complete explanation).

For a book dedicated to Drupal theming, it is disappointing that a much better, but outdated (as of this writing) job of covering the topic of breaking down the page.tpl.php file and building a custom theme from scratch is done at [...] at least to an extent that can be copied and pasted by a reader, and "Drupal 7 Themes" should have at least included a link to that page in the book, given the extent to which the book covers the topic itself...

Final verdict: 3 stars for having some useful information that I will probably refer to in the future but failing to delve deep enough into the specific issue of building a custom theme from scratch by modifying the page.tpl.php page, which is what I bought it for even though the name implies that it should have, and minus 1 star for the failure of the support editor to get back to me or to take action when I brought up these issues before the book was even released.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for information, poor writing and editing 23 Sep 2012
By Mac - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book seems to be pretty much what I've been looking for - a straight-forward exposition of Drupal's theming layer in version 7 that assumes some Web development experience and incrementally builds upon the instruction through the book.

However I need to note that I'm shocked at how poorly it was edited, if at all. In fact I doubt that there was even too much proofreading applied. Sentences routinely break at bizarre places, it can be hard at time to interpret the point of some phrasing, and there are many obvious typos as well.

Given that, this book is still a trove of very helpful content as, even with all of the Drupal material online, I've found it almost impossible to find one source that can expose the amazing applicability yet extremely arcane structure of the theming layer as well as this book does. If you already have some Web development under your belt but are fairly new to Drupal, I'd highly recommend getting this book as at least the first step towards understanding how it all works.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book out there for getting up to speed on theming Drupal 7 11 Aug 2011
By Loren C. Swendsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I thought this book was great. I'm still using it (a lot) as a reference while converting our static website to Drupal.

The book assumes very little prior knowledge of Drupal or Drupal theming, which is great if you're starting out. There are a lot of nice tables and charts that list out naming conventions for overrides, all available variables for a given template file, etc. The appendix alone is quite valuable, and I prefer it to hunting around the drupal.org online documentation.

In a nutshell, this book does what it says it will do, which is take you from zero to sixty on Drupal 7 theming. The entire book is dedicated to theming, whereas a lot of other D7 books out there only have 1 chapter on it.

What I'd like to see (are you listening book publishers?) is a book that is all custom all the way. I.e. not using default themes, child themes, or free themes as starting point. I'd love to see something like case studies showing how to build certain types of sites (magazine, small business, portfolio, etc) totally from scratch.

Anyway, for what it's worth I think this is currently the best book out there for theming Drupal 7.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useful, BUT 7 Jan 2014
By Wolf-Dieter Otte - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I own the latest version of the book. I bought it as I was hoping that this would be better than the version that pertains to drupal 6. This, unfortunately, is not the case. How a whole book on drupal theming can be written without mentioning hook_theme() is hard to understand. Hello? What an incredible omission! It also does not cover the new render arrays/function render(). There is mentioning of drupal_render(), but, as is the case throughout the book, the reader is referred to the online articles on the drupal site. I wonder why it does not occur to the author, whenever he is writing something like "Visit the Drupal API to learn more about these important functions. See XXX", that this is exactly the material that he should cover. That is the reason why I would want to read the book in the first place, because the important things ARE COVERED!

Not to mention numerous errors ...

I'm not saying the book is useless. But I do say that you should not get your hopes up to high.

Best,
Dieter
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to a difficult topic 20 Dec 2012
By Dale Vogel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was laid out well and logically, each chapter built on the previous chapter. If your new to Drupal themeing, this book is a good introduction. Depending on where you are on the web site development learning curve, this book was either an easy read, or a slow down and look at the drupal 7 admin menus to understand. The author went over the template system, how to do different themes for different pages, recommended modules to help in your efforts, how to set up custom CSS files, and even theme functions that you can use in different content pages. This is a difficult topic, because there is so much information to cover, I thought the author did it well.
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