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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book with a few minor issues, 9 Jan 2011
This review is from: Building Job Sites with Joomla! (Community Experience Distilled) (Paperback)
The book reflects exactly what the title is talking about, that is building a job search/offer site with Joomla!, using a commercial component from InstantPHP. During site buiding, you can find a Joomla! wide shot to make the book understandable for who's not a Joomla expert. Moreover, last chapter is a bonus introducing SEO subject: how to optimize a Joomla! site for search engines.

*Target*
Intended target of this book is really restricted. It is not only about creating a job search/offer site, which is already a specialistic subject in itself; this book is particularly made for those who aren't Joomla! experts. In fact there's a large Joomla! tutorial part.
Anyway, if you already know Joomla! you can focus on the Jobs section, and if you aren't interested in it, you can read this book as a case study of a specialistic Joomla! site built with a specific extension.

*Evaluation*
The main problem is the vast number of topics: in the same book the author tries to introduce Joomla! to beginners, teach how to use a specific extension and explain SEO techniques. However the author find some acceptable solutions.
First of all, an extraordinary synthesis ability and a very good expressive clearness make every concept clear in a few lines, so that this books becomes a good tutorial for CMS. Same thing for SEO.
Moreover, Jobs component is presented in a complete and scientific way, creating a reference manual for all menus and functionalities, rather than a course based on practical experience.

*Conclusion*
I do suggest this book, but for different reasons from those which made the author write it.
For Jobs extension users, this is a very good manual, useful for InstantPHP too, software original authors.
This is also an excellent example of vertical site for Joomla beginners that shows how to easily build a site for a particular use, starting from zero and using Joomla! with a specific extension.
For those who wants to learn a pragmatic experience in job search/offer site sector, instead, we suggest to look for it elsewhere. Here there is only a technical approach.
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