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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (3 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847194907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847194909
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 1.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. B. Radford on 28 Jan 2010
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I do not usually write negative reviews but I feel I have to for this book. It is confusing, badly worded, the examples are pretty useless and some of the code is in fact incorrect. In the end I gave up and used free online resources. This is a pity because I like to work from books.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fizzy on 18 Jun 2009
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At the time of writing, this book is the only book about MODx.
There are lots of good online resources now to help you get up and running, but I'm one of those people that still prefers to learn about technical topics from a book.
This book takes a fairly gentle pace for the most part, and is best suited to those new to MODx, and perhaps even content management systems in general. I came to the book having a basic recollection of MODx after using it a few years ago, and I found it beneficial as a refresher aid.
The writing is a bit pedestrian, and there are a few typos - it's not a classic that you will refer to again and again - but if you like learning from books, it should help you get up and running with MODx. It's a fairly easy read which makes MODx accessible, even to those without much technical knowledge.
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this web developer likes it. 11 May 2009
By Guitarrista - Published on
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I've been developing sites with MODx for years. It's a great content management system. What it needed was better documentation, and that's where this book comes in. It begins with a cool overview of content management system types, and where MODx fits into that continuum. Then it goes on to describe in clear steps how to build and manage a site. Although I am very experienced with the system by this time, I still picked up some good new things.

It's well-organized, and pretty easy to follow, as long as you have a basic understanding of website concepts. I wish I had had this while I was learning (he said enviously)!

I think the author is an excellent writer, and has done an exemplary job. Very nice!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It's okay, but better guides are available for free on the web 9 Sep 2009
By Michael Klouda - Published on
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I bought this book to help me learn the MODx system, which is an excellent CMS product. I had already started learning by playing around with it, and by searching the web for sites that talk about it (there are many). Once I received the book I dug right in and although I am thrilled that there is a book on this subject, however, the content was just not very helpful to me. I think the quality of the writing is good, but not the best I've read and some parts are a bit awkwardly worded. Still it is not the worst written either.

My biggest issue is that there are features/functions that are not covered in the book. Perhaps it is because of the modular nature of MODx, but when I would turn to the book to look for answers, they were not there. Perhaps if I were a more advanced user it would be better for me as there appears to be some great chapters on advanced programming with MODx, but I did not get there.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Nice introduction, but there is room for improvement 21 Oct 2009
By Marco - Published on
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I was new to MODx when I bought this book - and one of my reasons for choosing MODx was the fact that it's easy to extend it with PHP.
The book does a good job of explaining what MODx is and walking you through many of the aspects of MODx and I was especially happy with the "creating snippets" chapter, that explains how to add your own PHP code on the front end side of your website (so for normal end-users).

But, as often, there is some room for improvement:
In the current version of MODx (1.0) the terminology has changed; so an update of the books seems already necessary.
Some of the examples as mentioned in the book do not seem to work - at least not with the current distribution of MODx - maybe because some snippets (NewsPublisher) were not included anymore (I could have installed them of course - the book does contain instruction about installing snippets).
The instructions about what to type in for the examples are very detailed, but sometimes I would have liked a little more information about what it meant and how it worked (for example: why do I need to type in "[~[*id*]~]" when referring to the current page).
The information about modules is too short. Some extra text about how to configure modules would have been nice - and I would have liked some information about making your own modules (adding your own PHP code on the "backend" side - for the people managing the content of the site).
I would have liked more information about snippets - for example regarding the debugging of snippets.

In general: this book was worth the money because it gives a nice overview and buying it helps further MODx development a little bit - but a new/improved version of the book would be useful.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good for the CMS noob, A Pass for Gurus 6 Aug 2010
By weikelinteractive - Published on
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To put it bluntly, this book is really outdated. If you've been using CMS platforms, especially PHP-based ones, pass this up. The problem is that MODx has changed (and improved :D) very rapidly. Two of the chapters are useless for MODx Revo (the new version) because they are no longer supported.

However, if you are completely new to MODx and especially CMS's this is a good book to get. It will help you understand the 'big picture' of what's going on in a CMS and what it can do. It's also a very quick read. Then again, MODx is really easy to pick up.
Alright, but unnecessary 28 Oct 2009
By T A S - Published on
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Like someone else said, you can learn MODx by finding resources on the internet. I started reading this book to get introduced to the system, and it was OK for that, but I found I didn't really use it or need it when I actually started making my MODx site. It's a good overview/introduction that may help you understand what MODx is and how it functions, but not totally needed if you just want to jump right in and make a site with MODx. Also, since the release of MODx 1.0/1.0.1, the terminology used in this book is no longer correct, so it may actually confuse you (Resources are now Elements, Documents are now Resources, etc.) And I found some of the writing to be awkward.
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