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Good, But Could Have Been So Much Better,
This review is from: Mastering Joomla! 1.5 Extension and Framework Development (Paperback)For a Joomla! novice like me, this book was a useful introduction, but one that left me frustrated. James Kennard seems unsure as to whether he was writing a how-to guide or a reference book.
The book would be completely improved had the author employed the time-and-tested approach of including a piece-by-piece built-up example. Instead, the reader gets fed code snippets which leave you scratching your head about the context of these and, worse, which file they should be placed in.
The MVC concepts for the front end was well explained but the backend was left to a few random paragraphs in a later, unconnected, chapter. Another strange omission was an explanation of the JHTML class. The index, in particular, is awful.
This could have been a great book. but it's layout and omissions make it a very frustrating experience.