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This review is from: Learning Joomla! 1.5 Extension Development: Creating Modules, Components, and Plugins with PHP (Paperback)This book was waiting for me when I returned home on Thursday. I read the whole book that evening, re-read it Friday evening and then started creating my own Joomla! extensions on Saturday, The wife thinks I'm barking mad. I think this book is one of the most inspirational I have read.
I'll now return to earth and explain a little. I've made a few modules for Joomla! 1.0 and was never happy with the integration (e.g. using an Excel spreadsheet for the customer to store & edit a reading list - yuck!). Despite this, I never took the trouble to write the things properly. Now Joomla! 1.5 is here I thought I better revisit the situation so bought Joseph LeBlanc's book. It walks you through the development of a Joomla! component, an associated module and even a plug-in to go with them. It finishes off with a chapter on how to wrap the whole lot into a deliverable/installable package.
The code examples are given in complete chunks and then explained line by line. My technique is to work up a project and copy the essence of the code to create a similar component, module and plug-in; thus avoiding simple, mindless copying of code and so proving I understanding what I'm typing. So far (and it's still only day 3) I have found one occasion where the explanation of a line of code wasn't good enough and I had to resort to Google to find a real explanation of what was going on. But otherwise the creation of my new component is progressing nicely. The code is downloadable from the Packt Publishing so I don't have to re-type much of the obvious boring code. Also available is a list of errata for the book (don't worry not too much and nothing too serious).
One small gripe: the original proof was probably in colour and showing a page to illustrate before and after the addition of hyperlinks that are coloured but non-underlined wasn't too smart in a book that now is printed in monochrome.
Please note - this book is for Joomla! 1.5 which is so radically different from the earlier version there's nothing here for you 1.0 folk. Anyway, the message is: load Joomla! 1.5, get this book and be inspired to move on.