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Learning Joomla! Extension Development: Creating Modules, Components, and Plugins with PHP [Paperback]

Joseph LeBlanc

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May 25 2007
If you're a PHP programmer eager to create extensions for Joomla!, this book is for you. Written for Joomla! 1.5, it gets you coding your first extensions as quickly as possible, and adds features that will make your work look professional! The world's hottest open-source content management system, Joomla! won the 2006 Open Source CMS Prize. Already feature packed, it is also extremely extensible, allowing multiple complex applications to be cleanly integrated, inheriting the look and feel of one Joomla! site, with only one database, template, and core to maintain. This practical tutorial is based around the development of example extensions to create, find, promote, and cross-link restaurant reviews. Each chapter is a step-by-step walkthrough, covering modules, components, and plugins as well as configuration and packaging for distribution. Readers need basic PHP skills and familiarity with the general operation of Joomla! but do not need experience of developing Joomla! extensions.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (May 25 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847191304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847191304
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #899,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh, too little for the pricetag Oct. 9 2007
By Gary A. Mort - Published on Amazon.com
At half the cost of a comprehensive book, I expected a good bit of detail on development.

This book doesn't demonstrate much beyond what you can get from the demo's online already. And it doesn't provide any hidden gems of knowledge or tips of any sort.

All in all, a disappointment and a waste of money
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really helpful July 14 2008
By Rudolf Jan Heijink - Published on Amazon.com
At first sight this book looks great. It is concise and gives a good introduction from the start to build Joomla extensions. It does not waste pages explaining how to program in SQL and PHP. You are supposed to have mastered that. The book has a major weak point. For the main part it just shows lots of code, but does not explain anything about the API classes and how they relate. After reading the book and trying to create your own extension, it feels like you have not understood anything really.

A second drawback is that the author seems not to bother about testing the sample code. It contains several very obvious bugs, eg using a functou JOutputFilter instead of JFilterOutput. This is annoying.

Summarized, the book may give you a small start but is insufficient for seriuous development. The sad thing is that the official Joomla documentation is in a very alpha stage of development.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not much content for the price! Feb. 26 2008
By jimbo - Published on Amazon.com
I certainly agree with those who said this book is way too sparse, weighing in at 176 non-packed pages. For the same audience this book is intended for I would instead recommend "Professional Joomla" by Dan Rahmel. It covers the same material plus a great deal more and it costs less money. It even gives more explanation and examples of building components, modules, and plugins, things "Learning Joomla" is supposed to focus on.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much 1.0 in a 1.5 book June 3 2008
By Scott Christensen - Published on Amazon.com
As the publish date shows, this book was brought to market quite a while before J!1.5 was code complete. I don't know if it's that or if the developer was too used to 1.0 development (there is a dramatic difference) but either way, this book co-mingled 1.0 and 1.5 development practices too much, and just basically glanced over the entire MVC architecture that was built into the 1.5 release of J! I'm a little disappointed as I was expecting more, being a fan of Leblanc, his knowledge and helpfulness in Joomla related things.

For your money, you are much better off purchasing 'Mastering Joomla! 1.5 Extension and Framework Development' by James Kennard. It has helped me immensly in understanding the new J! framework and APIs.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tutorial! Sept. 9 2007
By Bob - Published on Amazon.com
I imagine an expert wouldn't need this tutorial, but if you're familiar with PHP and mySQL, and you want to build some Joomla! components, this is by far the most comprehensive resource that I've found.

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