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The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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First though, some caveats. The list of contributing authors is monstrous. Although the consistency issues are not as bad as previous reviewers have painted it, the way the articles are pitched is extremely varied from Nordin's 'Look I've just purchased a Mac and see what I can do with it!' to Freudenberg's 'I've injected steroids directly into my brain to get this smart!' More attention to Aegir would have been cute, also a more consistent focus on security, and more specific guidance about creating the ideal development environment. The big global criticism that I would make is that cookbook instructions could often be more condensed but include basic troubleshooting.
Overall though, this is a gold mine.
The introduction to the book claims it "does not presume any specific prior curriculum". With no previous knowledge of Drupal 7, the reader may have considerable difficulty in appreciating just what Drupal and content management systems actually do. As a minimum a book such as 'Drupal for Dummies' should be read first!
This is a very frustrating book. It is a comprehensive and exhaustive compilation of Drupal 7 knowledge and understanding written by many experts in their own fields. Hidden within its 1000+ pages are real gems of information. With effective editing and proper formatting it would be a truely excellent publication.
Having said that, many topics are covered at very impressive depth, shedding light at the darkest corners of Drupal's intricate engine. In the end, the book is also probably very comprehensive although specific information is often difficult to find (e.g. the issues surrounding the installation and basic commands for Drush, Drupal's shell, are covered in at least 4 different chapters). I imagine that if you're an advanced Drupal user you might find this book quite useful. But if you're a beginner like myself be warned: this is NOT a guide! It's just a bag of loosely related articles that a mob of estranged Drupal experts throws at you.
For those new to Drupal I would recommend first getting a beginner's guide to Drupal (ideally written by a single author), and then looking at various aspects of Drupal, such as themeing, module development, the use of Drush and Git, etc., separately.
I've been doing Drupal for 3-1/2 years, and read 15 or so books on Drupal. This one is the best. And all that wonderful exercise carrying it around - what a brick!
It really covers ALL aspects of web development with Drupal, and gives thorough and practical advice on becoming efficient with Drush and GiT, absolutely indispensible tools when doing serious Drupal work.
Might be overkill if a person just wants a simple website, but then they should possibly go to Wordpress or do something with Dreamwweaver.
Buy it, read it, love it.
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