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Drupal Development Tricks for Designers [Paperback]

Dani Nordin

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April 2 2012 1449305539 978-1449305536 1

Take your Drupal skills even further with valuable tricks for making site building truly efficient. In this concise guide—the third in a series by award-winning designer Dani Nordin—you’ll learn how to set up your own development environment, quickly update your modules, and use version control to protect yourself from bonehead mistakes.

Handle repetitive tasks with ease, avoid hours of frustration, and devote more time to pushing the envelope of Drupal design—just by picking up the basics of a few developer tools. It’s much more than simple coding; it’s real, honest-to-goodness developer Ninja Magick.

  • Learn basic commands and use them in Drupal on the command line
  • Set up your local development environment, and learn ways to collaborate on code with others
  • Download modules, themes, libraries, and more with Drush, the Drupal shell
  • Use Git, the free version control system, and create a GitHub account
  • Pack content types, views, and other functionality you use often into a custom module with Features

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A Designer Friendly Guide to Drush, Git, and Other Tools

About the Author

Dani Nordin is the founder and principal designer of the zen kitchen, where you'll find tasty marketing and design ideas with an eco-friendly twist. She has over 10 years of experience designing award-winning work for small to large businesses and non-profits.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but is this the book you are looking for? April 16 2012
By DC Crowley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The good thing about this book is it helps you set drupal up and will help successfully install the MAMP server environment that you'll need to develop a website. The book explains git and drush which are both very useful. They should bring fear to every designer when they see a UNIX terminal. This book should get you through most of that hassle. The book though is OSX centered. It does cover window installs but I can't vouch for the information.

But that is where it ends! While this book will get drupal installed there are no explanations about creating content or theming. Not a mention of views, blocks or custom content fields or Drupals fabulous image settings. You'll need another book for that. Design and Prototyping for Drupal by the same author might get you what you need.

THE LOWDOWN: This book is only useful if MAMP, version control (GIT) and Drush are a mystery to you. And this will help! Anything else then look somewhere else.

One thing though :) Dani recommends Navicat as a database interface. I recommend sequelpro for OSX which is free and brilliant. TIP: While GIT does version control it backs up files only and not your database. Backup your database regularly, especially if everything works and you are going onto a new stage of development. Learning drupal, git and drush takes time. Do not rush this or it will be frustrating. But once you do get the hang of it it is very rewarding. Using StackOverflow.com and to a lesser extent IRC for questions should help you a lot.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for learning how to setup a Drupal development environment April 12 2012
By Will Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Learning Drupal is one of my main technology learning goals for 2012, so I was interested in reading Drupal Development Tricks for Designers by Dani Nordin. While I am not a designer, I was interested in ready a Drupal book directed at the non-coding masses since I am learning Drupal. The first thing to get out is that this book isn't about design but rather walks designers how they can create a development environment for their Drupal projects. I am a believer in self sufficiency on tech projects so I am down with the aim of this book and think Nordin really hits the mark with this book.

Assembling your own development environment is great for the sake of self-sufficiency and giving designers a broader understanding of how their end product functions in the larger scheme of the project. Nordin breaks down the setup of a local development environment using MAMP (and providing her reasons why she went all Mac for Drupal development) and ventures into working on the command line. This chapter taught me the most in the book and I plan to put some of what I learned to work in my own Drupal site development efforts. Her chapter about Drush, a Drupal Shell, is another reason to buy this book and I hope to put what I learned in that chapter to work along with the command line options I learned in Chapter 2.

Just like any other moderate to overly complex development effort, version control is integral to a Drupal development effort and Chapter 4 provides easy to understand and well-rounded coverage about getting started with version control. The chapter's methodical approach and writing style are going to be very helpful to designers wanting to setup their own version control with little to no help from their IT group.

The book ends out with some really practical and well written chapters about setting up a workflow including the Drupal Features module (yet another thing I learned about in this book!) and working with Drush Make and Install Profiles to help enable the reuse of Drupal modules again and again across your projects.

If you are like me and not a designer or a programmer much less a system administrator but trying to learn more about Drupal, go out and get this book to help shore up your development practices. The book's the coverage of the local development environment has helped me fine tune my own setup and shown me how to be more productive by moving to the command line and Drush.
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3.0 out of 5 stars it does the job July 25 2012
By David J. Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
the books stated goal is effect to get designers productive or set up and dangerous to themselves and other's. while I'm for that as such the book is a bit wordy and not enough picture and diagrams I think for a significant segment of potential readers in the target demographic. The book does in fact do the job it sets out to do though and contains good information that is digestible by the average designer. If your looking for a detailed reference though this isn't it and if you looking for design guidance stuff this book is not it either.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very basic May 15 2012
By leandro vázquez cervantes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
this little book has been a little deceive for me: very very short content. the touched contents are very basic (i dont need a chapter for installing MAMP :-/ )

i admit i have a high level on Drupal, so this short book worths nothing for me :-(

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