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Mastering Joomla! 1.5 Extension and Framework Development [Kindle Edition]

James Kennard
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Packed with expert advice and tips, this book is an invaluable reference guide that you will turn to again and again as you work with Joomla! PHP developers who want to understand how Joomla! works with a view to advanced customization or extension development, and want to learn how to work with the Joomla! framework.

About the Author

James Kennard is a computer programmer. He has worked with various PHP and MySQL applications, since 2002. He quickly discovered Mambo/Joomla! because of its flexible extension manager. James currently maintains one open-source Joomla! component, which has been translated into over fifteen languages. Moreover, he has plans to build two more open-source components. Examples of his work can be found on his personal website

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2420 KB
  • Print Length: 490 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847192823
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (Nov. 30 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058O84WE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must to have for Joomla developpers... Feb. 9 2009
We bought this book for developpers in my company. They learned plenty of interesting stuff about Joomla's framework. I recommand it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars For Developers Only July 1 2008
By Matthew Knighton - Published on
If I didn't already know MVC, Joomla 1.5 and had made components before I think this book would be useless.

If you have dabbled in developer code however and Joomla 1.5 this is a great resource.

This book lacks examples of building finished components.

If it combined the style of other books like learn joomla 1.5 as well as having this great resource of information it would be worth solid gold.

Without it and without a good index It takes time to find what you are after. Once you find it however it always provides great, accurate information.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat frustrating June 19 2008
By Oblio - Published on
The really frustrating thing about this book is the style and lack of indexing. When I buy a technical reference, the most important thing is being able to look up any relevant term or function name and immediately find the place to read about that. This book has the terms subcategorized under other terms that only make sense if you already know Joomla programming! I seriously almost never find the term I'm looking for in the index. This really drives me crazy. When I have found the area I'm looking for, however, I've been pretty happy with the quality of explanation provided. Indexing is all important.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best for a beginner. Oct. 31 2008
By Shawn - Published on
It's a good book. But it's got some short-comings that makes it not a complete reference for Joomla 1.5. The organization is a little bit fragmented. All the examples are snippets and are never complete listings. This makes it a difficult book to use for a brand new learning Joomla developer. If it was a complete reference tutorial, it being the only book that you would ever need, that newbies and experts alike could pick it up and gleam from it I would have given it a 5 stars. I would have given it a 4 if the Appendix that has a quick look up was clearer on what section your in and the section titles were more distinguishable. But it has produced a decent amount of answers to my periodic questions. It's a nice book to have but far from the only book you'll ever need on Joomla. So I gave it 3 stars.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference tool Dec 11 2007
By C. Webb - Published on
I recently read "Mastering Joomla! 1.5 Extension and Framework Development" by James Kennard, and I must say I really enjoyed it. Every time I read a book about Joomla! framework and extension development, I get all sorts of new ideas. This time was no exception. The book provides a thorough description of the topics surrounding Joomla! 1.5 extension development, and it is a great reference book. I would not recommend reading the book cover-to-cover, but I think it is a great resource to have handy when attempting to develop extensions for Joomal! 1.5. The book was written for experience PHP developers who already have a working knowledge of Joomla! For those wanting to learn Joomla! extension devleopment, I recommend starting with Joe Leblanc's book, "Learning Joomla! 1.5 Extension Development", and having "Mastering Joomla! 1.5 Extension and Framework Development" as a reference for getting more in depth with the framework.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars hardly "Mastering"... Jan. 22 2009
By Joel A. Thompson - Published on
Pros: gives some good overviews and dives deep into some concepts.
Cons: does not give adequate examples. It is definetly not an advanced book or "Mastering".

I returned the book.
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