MODx Web Development, Second Edition Paperback – 23 Feb 2011
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Antano Solar is a techie to the core-a tech evangelist who is passionate about using technology to revolutionize the learning experience! Antano has contributed to the open source community in terms of documentation, code, and support, with a variety of platforms based on languages such as PHP, Perl, Lisp, Python, and Ruby. He loves to share his tech excitement with fellow techies and non-techies, and does so through publishing papers, books, and delivering seminars at colleges, universities such as the IIT, and corporate tech events. He has published a paper on enhancing wireless networks in an IEEE Journal. His paper on an engine helping machines understand objectives by meta-modeling, using Neurolinguistic Programming principles and Deep Structure, is considered a landmark. An avid hacker, Antano has won two Yahoo hack-day awards. He recently won the award for developing a Hybrid Search Engine from scratch in 24 hours that uses Machine Intelligence and Social Intelligence to identify, search, and present the information in the required format. Professionally, until recently, Antano was a Consultant and a Trainer providing IT solutions and sessions on VoIP, Networks and Software Plaforms, and Languages. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer at NuVeda Learning. In his current role, he is responsible for the development and deployment of Learning Management Systems that are used by large MNCs globally. He also plays the role of a Chief Architect in the research and development of technologies related to the understanding and measuring of Learning. He is excited by the challenges of using complex technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing.
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I do agree with reviewers that said that it's not for gurus. They would not find much new info with either book. It seems to me that systems don't get guru books until they have a critical mass of popularity, and as much as I like MODx, I don't think it's quite there yet.
I have to scold the publisher and author on the title of this book, which is remarkably misguided. MODx 2 is Revolution (aka Revo), a completely new release, which has been out for awhile now. Accordingly, I was eager to see if there would be substantial Revo coverage. There isn't. They just have an extra chapter giving a quick overview of the Revo concepts. The entire rest of the book is devoted to MODx 1, aka Evolution or Evo.
I'm very puzzled by this. I can only think that maybe there was a publishing deadline, and Revo was not officially released at that date, so someone decided to put it out there with little Revo coverage. I think this is a mistake, both conceptually and commercially. In any case, if you want a book on Revo, you'll have to wait.
That said, Evo, in my opinion, will be operant for quite some time to come. It's still more stable than Revo, simply by virtue of its having been in use so long.
So if you're new to MODx, and want to learn the in's and out's of MODx 1, aka Evo, this book will be useful, and will also give you a very brief overview of Revo. If you already have the first book, I would pass on this.
MODx Web Development has all the right material and is of a good length - not overwhelming. The order of topics and pace are also good. What made it of much less use to me were the errors in the examples. This is especially strange in a 2nd edition. When ever I finished an example it invariably would not work. Sometimes I could figure out why and sometime not. In addition, to create the examples, there is a lot of typing - they are not available for download although that could have been provided easily.O'Reilly Publishing provides a service called Safari that provides many books online. Turns out the first volume of this book is on Safari so I was able to cut and paste the example code and save myself some typing. The fact that the examples hadn't changed much from one edition to the next hints that there weren't that many changes and may explain why there were still so many errors.
Finally the errors got to me and I gave up about half way through and still not understanding MODx. Since then I've been using Drupal for which there are dozens of books available. Perhaps the new MODx book is worth a look but it sure is large for a CMS that is supposed to be so much easier to use than, say, Drupal.