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John K. VanDyk , Matt Westgate
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17 May 2007 1590597559 978-1590597552
Pro Drupal Development is strongly recommended for any PHP programmer who wants a truly in-depth look at how Drupal works and how to make the most of it. Michael J. Ross, Web developer/Slashdot contributor Drupal is one of the most popular content management systems in use today. With it, you can create a variety of community-driven sites, including blogs, forums, wiki-style sites, and much more. Pro Drupal Development was written to arm you with knowledge to customize your Drupal installation however you see fit. The book assumes that you already possess the knowledge to install and bring a standard installation online. Then authors John VanDyk and Matt Westgate delve into Drupal internals, showing you how to truly take advantage of its powerful architecture. Youll learn how to create your own modules, develop your own themes, and produce your own filters. You'll learn the inner workings of each key part of Drupal, including user management, sessions, the node system, caching, and the various APIs available to you. Of course, your Drupal-powered site isnt effective until you can efficiently serve pages to your visitors. As such, the authors have included the information you need to optimize your Drupal installation to perform well under high-load situations. Also featured is information on Drupal security and best practices, as well as integration of Ajax and the internationalization of your Drupal web site. Simply put, if you are working with Drupal at all, then you need this book. This book is written by Drupal core developers. Drupal architecture and behavior are mapped out visually. Common pitfalls are identified and addressed. Chapters provide regular discussion and reference to why things work they way they do, not just how. The front matter features a foreword by Dries Buytaert, Drupal founder.

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Apress (17 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590597559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590597552
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 17.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 703,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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John K. VanDyk has been a Drupal developer since 2004. In 2005, he organized the first Drupal conference in Antwerp, Belgium, with Drupal founder Dries Buytaert. John has contributed several modules to Drupal-including the actions, workflow, publish, subscribe, and pubcookie modules-and has been instrumental in the design of Drupal's Content Construction Kit. John's day job is as an entomology professor and systems analyst at Iowa State University, where he teaches undergraduate courses about insects. In his spare time, when not hacking on Drupal, John enjoys squash hunting and raising children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this to really start understanding Drupal 28 Feb 2008
This is one of the best IT books I've bought and read and i did read it cover to cover. This is actually the third drupal book i have bought as i love drupal and really think it is a brilliant product. Being a relatively non-technical person who really wants to use drupal on some future projects i needed to understand things such as hooks, themes, and module development. What this book did was to give me an understanding on how drupal works, structure of themes and modules and what hooks are and the function they perform. That i could not learn from going through the handbooks on the drupal website.

So if you really want to begin to understand the technical aspects of drupal then this is the book to buy. And to an earlier reviewer who said the book does not specify the version it deals with. Truly it does not but when you start reading it you will see that it focuses on Drupal 5 and later this year it is being updated to cater for drupal 6.

I personally want to say thanks to John Vandyk and Matt Westgate for writing such a wonderful book on a really awesome tool. And to all the good guys who have made drupal what it is today. Keep up the great work. And a big thank you to Dries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for CMS professionals new to Drupal 22 Mar 2008
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This is a thoroughly professional book from cover to cover. Concise and well written throughout. Each chapter has an Introduction section at the start and a Summary section at the end that tells you what you should be capable of after reading it. This can save a huge amount of time when you need to home in on a particular nugget.
Its scope embraces the supporting technologies which Drupal uses, even providing a working introduction to Ajax and Jquery.
This book is ideal for those already familiar with PHP and MySQL/PostgreSQL who are investigating content management solutions. It reveals the thoroughly professional approach, power and stature of the Drupal system to such an extent that after reading it, they should be convinced that it would be a Herculean task to design a package that compares favourably to Drupal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For Drupal developers and savvy designers 20 Dec 2007
This book is well-written, well-organised and filled with practical explanations of what makes Drupal tick. Both authors are acknowledged Drupal experts - written key modules, work for leading Drupal consultancies - so this book is an authoritative as well as pleasurable read.

Like many readers, for me the most useful chapter was that on Drupal theming: a clear overview on Drupal templates, good explanation on themeable functions and useful stuff like creating new page regions.

To fully benefit from the book you should feel comfortable with HTML, and a little CSS and a bit of PHP comes in handy, but the book will be useful even for brave beginners. That said, one should definitely be familiar with Drupal and its admin screens.

A joy to read and well worth the money!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Need to be comfortable with php. 28 April 2013
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Clear explanations of complex topic.
For me, ramps up quickly, but it's a complex system
under the hood for a non php programmer.
Thinking about buying the previous book in the
series that is a php primer so that I can make more
of this book.
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When writing on a subject such as software, which by its very nature will always be evolving and getting better, I know of no books that do not state for what version the book is for. If the version is not stated then using another software as an example, Oracle RDBMS version 9 may be for Oracle 10g, the difference between the two versions is vast and you do not see Oracle 9 books being sold any longer. All old versions of Oracle books phase out very quickly, it is the same for Microsoft software and many others.

Hence, can anyone answer the question why does this book does not state the version of the software it is for?

Before answering, note that on the Drupal web site books for version 6 are due to be published in February 2008 and Amazon have not offered a pre-ordering service for them. Also keep in mind that for such a wonderful piece of software there are very few books covering the subject, there is not even a Dummies book for it.

On this, for a competing piece of software, Joomla, a Dummies book will be available in February 2008 and for which Amazon are offering a pre-ordering service.

As high as the ratings are on the USA web site for this book, and I have ordered it even knowing Drupal 6 and updated books are coming out soon, the competition it has does not match that for other mainstream software and it is this that has caused me to purchase a book I know will be out of date soon.

Would it be fair to assume that the publishers/authors are aware of this? If so then is it not fair to ask if they may be taking advantage of this fact by taking the highly unusual decision to not state the version that the software is for?
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