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30 Oct 2009 0470681837 978-0470681831 1
This is the Official Guide on the award–winning SilverStripe programming framework, authored by the creators of the open source CMS.  SilverStripe is a robust and flexible website content management system (CMS) tightly integrated with an application framework.  It is open source and embraces modern system architecture and agile development methodologies. Intermediate developers can implement powerful websites and web–applications quickly and customize them to their individual needs. The award–winning PHP5/MySQL–based system saves not only time and nerves for techies, but also features a straightforward interface which is a joy to use for non–technical content–authors.  This Guide helps you to: Get started with SilverStripe: Learn the architecture and usability principles that underpin SilverStripe’s modern approach. Then go through the technical requirements, the installation process, and useful tools for your daily work.  Learn the CMS: Practical examples show you how to use the CMS as a content author, and how to manage content, images, documents, and forms without technical knowledge. Administrators learn how to set up permissions and security groups. Develop a custom application: Use MVC and other modern design patterns to create well–structured, object–oriented PHP code and concise template markup. Let the authors walk you through creating an interactive recruitment website as practical example project. Extend through clean code and modules: Understand how SilverStripe is built on modularity and how this empowers you to build plugins and core extensions in an elegant, maintainable fashion. Use SilverStripe professionally: In–depth topics on internationalization, security, unit testing, caching, multi–page forms, and web services APIs ensure that you can build world–class websites.

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (30 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470681837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470681831
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘…an invaluable guide, taking you all the way from installation to creating professional quality websites.’  (.net Magazine, March 2010).

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Design Powerful websites using this definitive guide to the award winning SilverStripe framework. SilverStripe is a robust and flexible website content management system (CMS) tightly integrated with an application framework. It is open source and embraces modern system architecture and agile development methodologies. Intermediate developers can implement powerful websites and web applications quickly and customize them to their needs. The award–winning PHP5/MySQL–based system saves not only time and nerves for technical users, but also features a straightforward interface that non–technical content authors will find a joy to use. This guide helps you to: Get started with SilverStripe: learn the architecture and usability principles that underpins SilverStripe. Go through the technical requirements and installation process, and learn useful tools for your daily work. Learn the CMS : practical examples show you how to use the CMS for managing content, images, documents and forms without technical knowledge. Administrators learn to set up permissions and security groups. Develop a custom application: use MVC and other modern design patterns to create concise template markup and well structured, object–oriented PHP code. Let the authors walk you through the creation of an interactive recruitment website as practical example project. Extend through clean code and modules: understand how SilverStripe is built on modularity and why this empowers you to build plugins and core extensions in an elegant, maintainable fashion. Use SilverStripe professionally: in–depth topics on internationalization, security, unit testing, performance, multi–page forms and web service APIs ensure that you can build world–class websites.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern web design made easy 5 Feb 2010
By M. Bhangal TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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There was a time when all a web designer needed was a good knowledge of HTML, a bit of JavaScript, and enough knowledge of Photoshop and CSS to make it all look pretty.

Those days are long gone.

The sort of client who can put enough money on the table to allow you to pay for the mortgage, holiday and decent car wants a lot more than the typical '8 page static website and contact form' from 5 years ago.

They want their news page and company blog entries to appear on their facebook wall, and they want a forum that uses the same styling as the main site. Plus they want an online product catalogue with e-commerce capability. Oh, and you'll have to fit in that twice monthly newsletter. And the twitter feed thing needs to go in on a sidebar somewhere. But of course, they won't ask for all those things up front. That would be too easy.

And here's the killer: its got to be all editable and moderated by the client, noting that the client knows only two applications: Word and Powerpoint. Yeah, I know. I feel the pain.

If the client I'm describing is the one that you have to keep turning away because you don't know how to do what they are asking for (or you have to hire that really expensive PHP/MySQL guy to do it, and he just eats up the profits) then you need Silverstripe.

Silverstripe is one of the easiest Content Management Systems out there. It lets you the designer create mid level dynamic websites with ease. You don't need to know much more about PHP and MySQL that you can't pick up in a few evenings of staying away from the pub. You need to know the barest minimum about OOP (because thats all handled in the naming structure). And best of all, that money on the table is all yours.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, out-of-date 26 Aug 2013
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This is an excellent technical explanation of how the SilverStripe CMS works. Unfortunately a lot has changed as of version 3.0+.
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By Stephen
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This book literally opens the door to making SilverStripe your own. What is a very well written framework and CMS is made clear by this book, and I would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone wanting to use SilverStripe. I learned more in the first five chapters than from the entire set of online documentation. Brilliantly written, easy to read and understand, and every line of code is explained in full detail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE book for the Silverstripe CMS developer 18 April 2010
Format:Paperback
I really like this book.

Very well written, and explains everything I need to develop solutions with the Silverstripe CMS.

/Lars T. Hansen - Software Developer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kick start your SilverStripe experience 11 Oct 2009
By Heide Janshon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The day I first heard of SilverStripe, was also the day that I discovered that a book for SilverStripe was in the works. After a few days of playing with the CMS I definitely wanted to get the book. By shear luck I got in contact with Wiley Publishing and was able to receive a review copy of the book. So hence I'm giving my first impressions here. Now I should mention that I am not a developer, and only an amateur webdesigner. I do have some basic PHP programming skills, and am familiar with the idea of Object Oriented Programming, which, as I discovered, is invaluable for working with this CMS. At this point I'm about half way through the book, and was impressed with the well structured approach. The concepts of the MVC (Model-View-Controller) structure of SilverStripe are explained clearly, and customizing the CMS is at least at its basic level straight forward. I like that every concept explained in the book is tied into an evolving web project, that gets a little more complex with each turn of the page. Again, I'm only half way through the book, and for a seasoned developer some of what is written might be trivial, but for those with limited programming skills this book will put you on the right track.
As a side note, the book does not simply rehash the documentation and tutorials on the official [...] website. It is stand alone and compliments in depth what's already out there. Thanks to the SilverStripe team for this book and for a great CMS.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a good source for Silverstripe 22 Nov 2009
By P. Moreno - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written. Clear and full of usefull informations, that lets you to start creating amazing site with Silverstripe in a moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great place to start your experience in SilverStripe -- Building apps in no time 5 Nov 2009
By N. Ilyin - Published on Amazon.com
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This books takes you from 0 - 60 in... well very quickly anyway. For an introductory book, it does a very good job at taking you through everything that you need to know and getting you right into coding and designing a useful application. I very much recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you wand (and need) to know about SilverStripe 11 May 2010
By S. Szczot - Published on Amazon.com
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The book contains systematic introduction to CMS SilverStripe. Even the basic topics are covered in detail, so there's practically no need to browse SilverStripe on-line documentation or forums. After reading three chapters you are aware of all the SilverStripe functions, and after another two you can extend it's already pretty extensive functionality. Last chapter covers the most common design issues and shows the best way to deal with them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction 11 Jan 2010
By Lars Prakken - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is an excellent newbie introduction to Silverstripe. It does a good job of methodically introducing the core principles and concepts behind Silverstripe and Sapphire and is far more accessible than the online documentation.

For experienced users it contains information that is hard(er) to find online (for example on generic views and Requirements merging) and provides a good read (having met on of the authors also makes it fun .. ;)...

Good job Silverstripers !
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