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TYPO3: Enterprise Content Management: The Official TYPO3 Book, written and endorsed by the core TYPO3 Team Paperback – 21 Jul 2005

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (21 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904811418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904811411
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,843,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Finally, an English book for this powerful CMS. For anyone struggling with the complexity of this system (even if there are more than 5000 pages of free documentation on the website), this book solves the continuity problem. It goes from installation to editors' duties, up to administration and extension development.
What I really appreciate in this book is the logical path it uses to give you the "big picture" of this complex, yet effective system. At the same time, it's also a problem with this book. They want to appeal to everybody (editors' section, development section) and in 575 pages, there's not enough pages to see it all. Sometimes while reading I was thinking "hey they should have talk about this and that"but at the same time realized that a 2000 pages book would had been too costly... Maybe a full 500 pages book on TYPO3 development would do the trick in the future.
Talking about price, you should be aware that part of the profit goes back to the TYPO3 Association and will help the core development of
TYPO3.
What is really great about this book is the Typoscript chapter. It really helps anyone having to do templating and navigation for their TYPO3 websites. I should also mention the Admin chapter as a time saver. You will get tips and tricks on how to setup Back-End Users, Groups and others configurations. It should be noted that it was revised for version 3.8 (May 2005) and so is very up-to-date.
There are about 150 pages devoted to extension development but as I stated, a full book would be welcome just to cover this subject.
Overall I highly recommend this book. When you finish it, you should have learned a great deal about this powerful CMS and feel comfortable enough to dig even more!
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Format: Paperback
Having used Typo3 for 4 years now, I can tell you that it is a superb piece of software IF you can understand how it works. The online guides are a good place to start BUT, as the previous reviewer said, the problem is that they are very disjointed.

This book pulls everything you need together in a logical sequence that is usable. It's getting started that's the toughest part with Typo3, and for that this book is excellent. It has become an invaluable reference guide for me.
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Firstly, I have to say I can't believe this book has not been updated in six - almost seven! - years. I bought it when it first came out and even then, some of the screenshots didn't relate to the version of TYPO3 I was using. That it hasn't been updated since is simply ridiculous, and does a fabulously powerful and easy-to-use (for the customer, not the developer!) CMS no favours at all. Packt, PLEASE commission an update NOW. From someone whose first language is English.

Speaking of which, it's very noticeable that the author's first language is not English and that the book has been translated (apparently from German, whose speakers seem to make up much of the user base). Mostly, that's not a problem, but in the chapters on TypoScript and templating, it's a disaster. TypoScript templating is at once the most powerful and most difficult aspect of TYPO3 - indeed, its greatest obstacle to widespread use is that, unlike Joomla, Drupal and Wordpress, it has no theming system whereby you can simply drop in a set of theme files and have the look-and-feel of your site instantly sorted; everything has to be done from scratch by setting up a template record in the database and populating it with TypoScript to get the cussed thing to do what you want. All very powerful if you know TypoScript, but if you don't, or don't want the hassle of learning it, you're basically stuffed. In that respect, this book does the reader no favours at all. I've taken several runs at the templating and scripting chapters of the book and found them to be no more use than the online documentation - though, as a previous reviewer said, they are at least easier to find!

A far better introduction to TYPO3, at last, is the current "Getting Started" tutorial on typo3.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for more advanced users 10 Mar. 2006
By G. P. Kamp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have used Typo3 for more then 6 months now and it's a love-hate relationship. True, it is a complex system, and it took me quite a while to get up to speed. But once mastered, the sheer number of extensions provide an enormous resource that saves you a lot of time when you develop web-applications. I don't see Typo3 only as a content management system anymore, it is a web-application development platform. And that is where this book kicks in. I agree with other reviewers that the book is not very easy for people who get started with Typo3, but once you reach the stage of developing your own extensions, the book will guide you on that path. For beginning users, I would just recommend the videos on the typo3 website, but anybody who wants to get beyond the basics, this book is a must.
2.0 out of 5 stars Crazy 10 Mar. 2014
By Crenshaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I usually learn by reading and doing but this has me whipped. God I cannot catch a break on this mess.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great resource and time saver 24 Oct. 2005
By Patrick Gaumond - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Finally, an English book for this powerful CMS. For anyone struggling with the complexity of this system (even if there are more than 5000 pages of free documentation on the website), this book solves the continuity problem. It goes from installation to editors' duties, up to administration and extension development.

What I really appreciate in this book is the logical path it uses to give you the "big picture" of this complex, yet effective system. At the same time, it's also a problem with this book. They want to appeal to everybody (editors' section, development section) and in 575 pages, there's not enough pages to see it all. Sometimes while reading I was thinking "hey they should have talk about this and that"but at the same time realized that a 2000 pages book would had been too costly... Maybe a full 500 pages book on TYPO3 development would do the trick in the future.

Talking about price, you should be aware that part of the profit goes back to the TYPO3 Association and will help the core development of

TYPO3.

What is really great about this book is the Typoscript chapter. It really helps anyone having to do templating and navigation for their TYPO3 websites. I should also mention the Admin chapter as a time saver. You will get tips and tricks on how to setup Back-End Users, Groups and others configurations. It should be noted that it was revised for version 3.8 (May 2005) and so is very up-to-date.

There are about 150 pages devoted to extension development but as I stated, a full book would be welcome just to cover this subject.

Overall I highly recommend this book. When you finish it, you should have learned a great deal about this powerful CMS and feel comfortable enough to dig even more!
1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to read. Don't Buy it 3 Nov. 2005
By Julian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read the introduction and then i skip and just select chapters that i need.

Maybe my Enlish is not good enough, and i often come across with difficult phrase that i cannot understand.

It did not setup the situation for you to follow the steps. For example, in chapter 5 TypoScript, 5.2.5 is talking about creating new page and template with a blank dummy. Immediately in 5.2.6 1st paragraph will make you in lost and they have skipped the steps to tell you to create an other new page or you will not be able to find all the buttons following.

The Structure is bad. It show you page with loads of textboxs, checkboxs, options, but without further explaination or what we have to do with it and go on to something else. What I get is, ok i know i can click to a page with loads of option, but so what?

Maybe i expect the wrong thing from this book. I would suggest the author / the editor to setup a scene for each section and show how to use the tools in the system to arhieve it. So we can easier to know how those function can be applied. Also, please rephrase it in simpler english. It is really really really painful for me to comprehence what the book want to tell.

The printing is bad, the figure is not clear.

The good thing is some of the figures in this book used number to indicate different parts in the screen shot(Those figure are used in the documentation in typo3.org which you can download it for free / with donation), but when figures are missing, the discription of button location often make me lost.

Anyway, i don't like this book, or even i hated it. But there is nothing to do with the actual system. The book is 1 star but the CMS can be 5 or 10 stars. [...]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical and comprehensive resource 30 Jun. 2006
By Semenzato Diego - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a valid resource for who's approaching for the first time TYPO3, but also for those who would like to have a well organised and full detailed manual.

The book covers all the aspects of TYPO3: introduction to the cms functionalities, setting up the cms, content management and administration, template and extensions development. Very useful is the information about the funcionalities provided through installation of third party extensions.

Chapters dedicated to extension development are very well explained with a lot of examples. This is one of the most important "feature" because, before the edition of this book, documents were widespread on the net. Now the concepts are well outlined and easily learned.

There is just one negative point: the book is not based on the latest TYPO3 version (4.0) so a few new topics are not deeply explained and a few others are not explained at all (versioning and workspaces).

At the end, it's very useful book, it makes one save time and a lot of headhache, ideal for everyone who wants to start a new TYPO3 project and also for those who want a practical guide to this fantastic cms.
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