Drupal E-commerce with Ubercart 2.x Paperback – 22 Mar 2010
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About the Author
George Papadongonas is the owner of a small web development firm, located in Athens, Greece. He started his career as a freelancer web developer in 2000 and works with small and medium size enterprises. He has experience in many development platforms, but felt in love with Drupal in 2007 and with Ubercart in 2008. He is a member of Drupal Association and an active supporter of the open source community. Yiannis Doxaras has studied theoretical physics at University of Athens and University of Cambridge. He is co-founder of OSIS, a Greek open source startup company that provides turn-key solutions in industries like travel, e-learning, and e-government. Yiannis is an active committer in various open source projects mainly with Java, Python and PHP technologies. He is a serial entrepreneur and innovation broken in Greece and the Balkans.
Top customer reviews
For example, much of the text describing the required steps is taken word-for-word from the help text within drupal - i.e. When you perform the actions in drupal the descriptive text below each field is sometimes *exactly* the same as the steps you'll find in this book. Maybe this is done for 'completeness' or perhaps just a short cut on behalf of the authors. Either way, it adds extra pages to the book without really adding value. Because of this, it reads as a bit of a 'rush-job' and another instance of computer book authors under pressure to reach their page-count quota.
What would have been more helpful would have been descriptions in the authors own words: More descriptions of why things are done, what would happen if you did it another way, or "gotchas" to look out for (the O'Reilly 'Using Drupal' does a good job of this, although that book focuses much less on e-commerce).
I also would like to have seen more diversity of products covered, e.g. paying for subscriptions or paying to publish, etc. The book tends to just focus on stores that sell physical goods.
Overall, this book covers a lot of what ubercart can do. For some users this will be all they need. For others (myself included), it fell pretty short of the mark and left me looking elsewhere and reaching for the 'sell your copy here' button.
At the time I bought this ubercart was the most popular Drupal e-commerce platform - I would question whether ubercart still is before buying this.
The authors style if chatty and obviously well informed, I would be happy to read more from the same.
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There are a few items that I did get frustrated with, such as getting the nodewords module working with the catalog, and I wish more instructions were given on how to do that, but all in all, I will keep this book handy for future ubercart builds (though with Drupal 7 around the corner, I wonder how much of the information will be deprecated within the next 7 months).
If you are new to Drupal, I suggest "Using Drupal", published by O'Reilly books. An excellent starting point, it includes several pre-built profiles that demonstrate Drupal's use in a wide variety of configurations (including one for ecommerce.)
Well worth a look
1. book has been written in the most boring style.
2. there is no step by step guide to make an e-shop, more like an advertisement for different modules "...OK, NOW DOWNLOAD THIS, INSTALL IT, NOW ACTIVATE IT, IT'S GOOD. NOW TRY TO WORK IT OUT YOURSEL, BYE..." it's the style of this book. I've been on this book for 2 months and still have no finished it yet and guess what? my store still doesn't work well.
3. absolutely nothing said about drupal marketplace and PayPal mass payment.
Overall very bad book, total waste of money, writer basically avused readers with lack of competition
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