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Joe Casabona is a web developer, writer, and teacher. He hails from Middletown, New York and has been making websites since 2002. His good friend Stephen Mekosh introduced him to WordPress in 2004 and he’s been working with it ever since. Joe also writes for WordPress Tuts+ and the Appstorm network. Check him out at casabona.org or on Twitter at @jcasabona.
This is a fantastic, hands on book about theme development in WordPress. I brought primarily to read the Custom Post Types section, which is one of best parts of the book. However the opening chapters where Joe walks you through converting from Photoshop to HTML, CSS are also great as it gives you a window in to industry standard techniques. For anyone looking to build there on Theme Framework to use as a base for future projects I highly recommend this book. I should add as well that Joe has a clear and concise writing style.
Don't let the small page size fool you, this is and excellent introduction to WordPress. If gets straight down to the point and got me flying straight away. My advice is read this book first and it will give you do much understanding because it is written and organised so well. Then go on to read other WordPress books and try it out too. One of the best technical teaching books I have ever read. It teaches l the major concepts whilst being easy to read and understand.
I needed to have a decent understanding of Wordpress development in a very short space of time, so I grabbed this book and got through it within a few hours. I now come away with good knowledge of the WP framework and constantly refer to the book during development. Thoroughly recommended to the first time Wordpress dev or as an off the shelf reference guide.
I have just recieved this book and it assumes you know a hell of a lot with regards to web technology (HTML, CSS, SQL etc) and some programming skills. I should have done more research on the book before ordering so I blame myself.
I have now ordered two books aimed at the novice and I am sure that in time this book will be of use, but for now its just going to gather dust.
The book is rather short with only 150 or so pages but does offer a free option to get the PDF which I will do and also some samples you can download. I think the design / layout of the book is rather poor as the quality of the screen shots and illustrations could be much better and its obvious that shortcuts have been taken. The book has a thrown together look and feel and comes across as being "cheap".