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Silverstripe 2.4 Module Extension, Themes, and Widgets: Beginner's Guide [Paperback]

Philipp Krenn
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3 May 2011
Designed as a Beginner's Guide, this book takes basic ideas step-by-step to a higher level, and builds fully featured applications. Besides the raw programming, you will also be confronted with different approaches, showing you which solution is "right". The example project built throughout this book is also used for a live project, based on the needs of a real business. You will start with an idea for a project. From the initial design, via the basic implementation, to the final polishing – every single step is highlighted. If you are a SilverStripe developer and want to learn the nooks and crannies of developing fully-featured SilverStripe web applications with module extensions, themes, and widgets, then this book is for you. Building upon your knowledge of PHP, HTML, and CSS, this book will take you to the next level of SilverStripe development. The book assumes you have basic experience with SilverStripe.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184951500X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849515009
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,039,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Philipp Krenn

Philipp Krenn lives in Vienna, Austria and studies software engineering. Besides being a student, he also works as a freelance IT trainer and web developer (mostly using SilverStripe, but also some Drupal, CakePHP, and Smarty).

Philipp started using SilverStripe in 2007 while he was one of the students at the Google Summer of Code improving the project. While kicking off the effort to support multiple databases (besides MySQL), he got a good insight into the inner workings of the project. Building on top of that, he became an expert in developing web applications with SilverStripe.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Review 22 Jun 2011
This book on Silverstripe is written by a new author on this field, Phillipp Krenn. Though his skill set (as available on his website) shows a far wider spread than what I would expect from a Silverstripe enthusiast, the book shows that he is definitely not new to Silverstripe.

Krenn is currently finishing his double master in Software Engineering & Internet Computing and Information & Knowledge Management at the Vienna University, and his knowledge of programming concepts and theories shows; he smoothly guides the reader through the Silverstripe system and highlights its ORM features and clean object oriented structure.

The book does show some similarities to the official Silverstripe book by Ingo Schommer (I read the German version in 2009), in that it approaches the Silverstripe novice and explains the system in its entirety. Having worked with Silverstripe since 2007, this is off course superfluous for readers like me, but essential in a book of this kind, especially as it is only the second book available on Silverstripe.

I like how Krenn didn't delve in to the fallacy, many code authors do, of providing too much code in the book. He only highlights what's essential (and walks the reader through new steps), and avoids code where it's unnecessary, relying on that readers have access to the code online. Furthermore he doesn't loose one second discussing general concepts as JavaScript and CSS development as these should (and can) surely be learned elsewhere. He only applies these when needed. More than once he restrains from using pre-built modules and goes back to using plain PHP code and non-Silverstripe JavaScript libraries, to once again demonstrate how easy Silverstripe plays with other technologies, and that e.g.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great walkthrough 19 Jun 2011
By D. Rye
This book took me a couple chapters to get into. If you've already done a SilverStripe site you can skip to chapter 3, and just skim it as a refresher. Chapter 4 is where the meat starts. The quizzes throughout the book are a nice touch, and help to keep the reader engaged. There is some overlap between this and the official SilverStripe book, but the style is very different. I find both are worth a purchase. Enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended! 12 July 2011
I don't know a better way of learning SilverStripe 2.4 (and preparing for the release of SS 3.0, which is expected by the end of 2011) than to get this book and work through it. I'll be looking out for Krenn's work in the future.
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By Chris
SilverStripe 2.4 - Module Extension, Themes and Widgets is by Philipp Krenn and published by Packt Publishing. The title of the book is slightly mis-leading but only because it gives an excellent overview of SilverStripe as a whole, not just dealing with modules, themes and widgets.

About the author
Philipp Krenn studies software engineering at the University of Technology, Vienna. At the moment, he is writing his thesis on current database trends. Besides that, he's working as a freelance IT trainer and web developer, mostly using SilverStripe, but also Drupal, CakePHP, and Smarty.

He started using SilverStripe in 2007 as one of the Google Summer of Code students improving the project, beginning with the effort to support multiple databases (besides MySQL). During this, he got a detailed insight into the inner workings of the project. Since then he's been in love with SilverStripe.

= Who is the book aimed at? =

The book is aimed at developers who already have an understanding of PHP, HTML and CSS and are looking to get started with SilverStripe, or improve their knowledge if they're only been working with it for a short time. It covers all the basics about getting a SilverStripe site going as well as some decent in-depth coverage.

It also has use for seasoned SilverStripe developers who may not be aware of all the features in SilverStripe (for example I had no idea about the short code system that already exists in SS) so there's something for everyone.

= Chapter overview =

The easiest way to summarize the book is to have a look at what each chapter covers and then I'll deal with my thoughts about the book in general below.

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In the world of Silverstripe there are few books, but when a book is published, its is well thought out and easy to follow. Philipp Krenn's book is no exception to this rule.

I have to admit, that when I first saw the title of this book I got excited as I've been working on developing a couple modules. It was great to finally find some good help and instruction on Modules, and widgets.

While the book says Beginner's Guide on the cover, it really is useful for intermediate and seasoned developers alike. With almost 2 years of Silverstripe development experience, I learned new things all throughout this book.

At first glance, everything is well organized and easy to find, and if you have a question in a certain area, you can refer to the preface and see what each chapter is about. Each chapter has well explained examples that introduce (or reinforce) the MVC framework and OO principles.

Sections in the chapters flow nicely and are easy to follow. At first I thought the pop quizzes were a little childish. However when I actually tried to write down my answers with out looking for help, I started realizing that the further I went through the book, the less I really do know about silverstripe. If I read and practice the examples I will become good at this.

Chapter 7 was very informative for me. While I've worked with Uncle Cheese's modules before, this chapter really explained whats going on in his modules and how I can use them effectively in pages that I'm building. Also showing how to make modules was explained clearly and the step by step process showed me that anyone can do this.

Over all, this is an excellent book for Silverstripe developers from beginning to advanced.
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