- Taschenbuch: 492 Seiten
- Verlag: O'Reilly and Associates; Auflage: 2 (1. Juni 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1449390528
- ISBN-13: 978-1449390525
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,8 x 2,6 x 23,3 cm
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Angela Byron is an open source evangelist, and has been called a Drupal freak by those in the know. She got her start as a Google Summer of Code student in 2005 and since then, she has immersed herself in the Drupal community. Her work includes coding and reviewing patches, creating and contributing to modules and themes, testing and quality assurance efforts within the project, improving documentation, and providing user support on forums and IRC. Angela is on the Board of Directors for the Drupal Association, and helps drive community growth by leading initiatives to help get new contributors involved. She is a sought-after lecturer on many themes, especially the topic of women in Open Source.
Addison Berry is deeply involved with Drupal and takes part in many aspects of both the software and the community. She contributes patches to core Drupal, maintains several contributed modules, and is active in various mentoring programs such as the Drupal Dojo group and Google's Highly Open Participation (GHOP) program. Addison helps maintain the drupal.org website, and is a permanent member of the Drupal Association General Assembly. Her work focuses on improving Drupal documentation and she has worked to provide a wide range of tutorials covering all aspects of Drupal from community involvement to code.
Bruno De Bondt has been theming and developing with Drupal since 2005, specializing in independent media sites. After stumbling upon Drupal while looking for an open source CMS to build a major Belgian citizen journalism website, he was captivated with its flexibility and the project's community. His contributions to Drupal include documentation and usability testing, with a focus on multimedia, and modules that improve editorial workflows.
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Now Drupal is an amazingly capable piece of software, but the corollary to this is that it's also very complex and not terribly user friendly. The available documentation is somewhat technical and seems to aimed much more at developers than users. Using Drupal on the other hand does exactly what you would expect from the title; leads you through using the software to build websites. There is one initial technical chapter covering Drupal architecture and where is fits into the web development jigsaw but after that it becomes much more hands on. Each chapter covers a specific theme that will crop up in most web developers lives at some point such as user configuration, media management, e-commerce and the like. The structure of each chapter is roughly the same; a case study that will form the development scenario; spotlights covering modules or processes; hands on implementation walk throughs and a summary round up. The walk through sections in particular are excellent with both text instructions and copious screen shots so you don't get lost. I do have to admit that the book does take some serious working through; however you will be rewarded with an ever increasing number of "wow it can do that" moments.
Of course there are some issues. The tweaked version of Drupal in the downloadable resource package spat back great screeds of warning messages when I tried to use it. This was easily remedied by downloading the latest stable version from the Drupal site. I'm not sure if the problem was due to the tweaks made in the resource package or some problem with my LAMP stack. It may work on other setups without a problem. On an installation and administration note, although this is covered section it's tucked away in an appendix rather than in the rather more logical position at the front of the book. However possibly the most irritating problem was that many of the paths to administration sections in the hands on sections bore no resemblance to the paths I was seeing ( though this may have been because I was using a virgin copy of Drupal) so it sometimes took a bit playing to work out which section I should be using.
These very minor points aside, I have to say that Using Drupal is an excellent introduction to using a very capable and complex piece of software. Certainly after working my way through it I've moved from the position where Drupal was something a object of terror to one where it will be my first choice for implementing anything more complex than a simple blog. I'm not sure any book could be expected to do any more than that.
This version specializes in Drupal 7 so make sure this is compatible with your goals, you won't get a lot of value is you are using Drupal 5 or 6.
Using Drupal is fairly well written (see exceptions below) and does a good job balancing between theory (background info) and hands-on examples. The authors recommend going through the first three chapters and then remaining chapters can stand on their own based on your needs. I agree with this recommendation.
After you get done with this book you will have a strong foundation into Drupal's functionality and the majority of the common modules. With this knowledge in place you may want to advance into coding modifications and the creation of custom modules and you will have a strong starting foundation.
It should be noted that this book is not perfect. The installation process for each of the examples (chapter 3 to 9) is not very clear and some quick Google searches should help. I also noticed several typos in Chapter 9 that refer to Ubercart even though the examples use Drupal Commerce (note: Ubercart was used in first version of the book which focused on Drupal 6).
Honestly these oversights are *not* acceptable for a professional publication but overall the book is excellent.
I was a little disappointed to find practically nothing in terms of customization and alteration on a development front from this book.
It's def not a deal breaker, if you're new, this will be a great read and introduction. If you're looking for developmental help, continue looking.
Though I still agree with my initial review, I wanted to comment on this books coverage of Drupal Commerce. I just setup my first Drupal Commerce site and this book was extremely helpful with helping me get the foundation and building blocks right and easily explained how to integrate Commerce into your site.
I'm aware that I could have easily gone with "Commerce Kickstart", but after reading many reviews on how Kickstart isn't all it's cracked up to be, I decided to start from scratch and turned to this book.
It did a great job explaining all the in's and out's and why Commerce was built the way it was.
I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to start diving into Drupal 7.