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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential but limited, 29 Jun 2011
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This book is everything that could reasonably be expected of it. The technically brilliant software written by Earl Miles is finally documented in a way that explains how and why it works (as opposed to the various online 'docs' that simply give long lists of methods with no explanation or otherwise expect you to learn purely by example, despite the lack of any explanation of principles).

Lynette couples her excellent skills as a technical author with her insider access to the source of true knowledge!

The downside (as I've read elsewhere) is that the book is somewhat "to little, too late". Too little because it attempts to cover far too broad a set of subjects in one book. CCK, Views and Panels are each complex modules in their own right. They work together, so it might be reasonable to cover them together at a site builder level, which was probably the starting point for this book. But the book also attempts to cover the developer API side of things, which is desperately needed and long overdue, how can you possibly expect to cover the Views API at a meaningful level and depth in 1 chapter?

It's still a valuable asset to the many of us still working with Drupal 6, because it's proving difficult to move forward to Drupal 7, because many key modules are not yet ported. But this book, published at the point the long-overdue Drupal 7 was finally launched, will do nothing to help as it's firmly rooted in Drupal 6.
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