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A compilation of random articles, not a guide.
on 20 July 2012
I am a new to Drupal and I found this book very difficult to follow. As mentioned by previous reviewers the book is very poorly structured. The 38 chapters are only impressive in terms of their number but they don't make a coherent whole as there is almost no logical connection between them. The problem of course is the absurdly high number of authors, who as it seems to me probably never met or discussed the content of this book. As a result, what you get is an anthology of random articles on Drupal 7 covering a vast amount of material that readers will struggle to glue together.
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.