- Taschenbuch: 340 Seiten
- Verlag: Packt Publishing (9. März 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1847196160
- ISBN-13: 978-1847196163
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19 x 2 x 23,5 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 992.673 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Matt Butcher is the principal consultant for Aleph-Null, Inc. (http://aleph-null.tv), where he specializes in content management systems, Linux system integration, and Open Source technologies. He has been an active participant in Open Source technologies for over a decade. Along with Learning Drupal 6, Matt has also written Mastering OpenLDAP, Managing and Customizing OpenCms 6, and Building Websites with OpenCms, all of which are published by Packt. When not pushing bits, Matt likes to explore Colorado with his wife and three daughters.
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I have been waiting for this book to come out for months, since I first heard that it was being written. Now that I have had a chance to read it, I must say that it does not fail to please.
The books starts off with a very quick introduction to Drupal. It is obvious that the intended audience is not newcomers, and that this is not a basic introduction level text. It is assumed that anyone reading this is familiar with web site creation and administration, web hosting basics, and knows how to install a Drupal site that uses the default theme. You get a quick tour of the main core features of Drupal and some nice web browser tools for developers. Then we get to the meat of the book.
The book contains useful information on how to use the drupal.js library, written by the Drupal developer community, to do many tasks, such as the sample collapsing blocks project that lets guests choose whether to allow information to be displayed or to shrink boxes so that there is more space on a page. We learn how to use js to create beautiful effects and help with site theming, how it can be used to translate your site into other language for guests, and even how to build your own modules.
I have only scratched the surface of the book. I am still learning the language. By intent, jQuery is a huge time saver and makes incorporating client side functions into your site easier than using the language alone, and the way the Drupal community has chosen to incorporate that library and write their own in addition makes it still easier. I am glad I picked up the book. Now, if you will excuse me, I need to go play.
The next topic is AJAX and webservices. The projects in this chapter include a webclips project which displays a random item from an RSS feed and real-time comment notifications. The webclips project uses an XML feed to get data and the comment notification uses a JSON based data feed. The JSON feed is created using the Views module. The techniques used in this chapter can be used in a wide variety of projects.
The final chapter features 2 projects which both a very cool factor and could be used on a majority of websites. Rather than describing them in detail here, I'll leave it to you to read more about them.
I am tempted to give this 4 stars because I learned a lot going back and debugging this books source code, but I won't because after a week I've only got about 50% working and no idea how to fix the rest.
I've just commented about of three chapters, and there are six more waiting for you! Will let you discover and enjoy this book by your self. Remember, Drupal is not hard, it just takes time (like some of the best things in life).
The good news is that barnes and noble carries this title often so you can read through it to decide whether or not buy it cheaper on amazon! harhar ima dick.