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John K. VanDyk , Matt Westgate

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April 15 2007 1590597559 978-1590597552 1

Pro Drupal Development is strongly recommended for any PHP programmer who wants a truly in-depth look at how Drupal works and how to make the most of it.

— Michael J. Ross, Web developer/Slashdot contributor

Drupal is one of the most popular content management systems in use today. With it, you can create a variety of community-driven sites, including blogs, forums, wiki-style sites, and much more. Pro Drupal Development was written to arm you with knowledge to customize your Drupal installation however you see fit. The book assumes that you already possess the knowledge to install and bring a standard installation online. Then authors John VanDyk and Matt Westgate delve into Drupal internals, showing you how to truly take advantage of its powerful architecture.

Youll learn how to create your own modules, develop your own themes, and produce your own filters. You'll learn the inner workings of each key part of Drupal, including user management, sessions, the node system, caching, and the various APIs available to you. Of course, your Drupal-powered site isnt effective until you can efficiently serve pages to your visitors. As such, the authors have included the information you need to optimize your Drupal installation to perform well under high-load situations. Also featured is information on Drupal security and best practices, as well as integration of Ajax and the internationalization of your Drupal web site. Simply put, if you are working with Drupal at all, then you need this book.

  • This book is written by Drupal core developers.
  • Drupal architecture and behavior are mapped out visually.
  • Common pitfalls are identified and addressed.
  • Chapters provide regular discussion and reference to why things work they way they do, not just how.
  • The front matter features a foreword by Dries Buytaert, Drupal founder.

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About the Author

John K. VanDyk has been a Drupal developer since 2004. In 2005, he organized the first Drupal conference in Antwerp, Belgium, with Drupal founder Dries Buytaert. John has contributed several modules to Drupal—including the actions, workflow, publish, subscribe, and pubcookie modules—and has been instrumental in the design of Drupal’s Content Construction Kit. John’s day job is as an entomology professor and systems analyst at Iowa State University, where he teaches undergraduate courses about insects. In his spare time, when not hacking on Drupal, John enjoys squash hunting and raising children.

Matt Westgate is a core developer of the Drupal project and original author of the e-commerce package for Drupal. Matt also wrote the path aliasing module, along with many contributed modules such as tinymce and img_assist. He currently co-operates Lullabot, a consulting/training firm focused on making open source software easy to use and understand.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for Drupal Module Writers April 26 2007
By Kevin Dorff - Published on
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If you are looking for a "this is how up install and run Drupal, these are the modules that are available" look elsewhere (the Drupal site, for instance) - this book is about writing Drupal modules how Drupal works internally.

But, if you are an aspiring Drupal module writer or just want to better understand how Drupal works internally or want to be able to tinker with existing modules you CANNOT go wrong with this book. It is very detailed, is incredibly well laid out and written. The examples are spot on. Very easy to understand and teaches you an incredible amount. I'm reading it cover to cover. I am about half way through and I couldn't be happier. It has answered pretty much every question I had about developing Drupal modules and extending existing functionality. I found some of the tutorials on the Drupal web site lacking in detail, this book IS the detail I was looking for. It covers Drupal 5.0.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but DONT BUY NOW (It's for Drupal 5!!) April 25 2008
By H. Sætra - Published on
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Just a little warning, don't buy this book (like I did), if you want to develop for Drupal 6.

Right off the bat I got in trouble, and even the first simple example won't work in Drupal 6..

So, I'm not complaining, but I was stupid enough to buy this just before version 6 got out, don't make the same mistake, read online-tutorials or find a book that's intended for the current version..

(Maybe hardcore programmers will still find this useful, but I could use example-code that works, and this doesn't, so you're stuck researching just about everything online anyway.)
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good developer's reference Dec 17 2007
By Michael McKee - Published on
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Read the title carefully. If you are not a developer, a PHP programmer with solid MySQL background this is not your book. If you want to know how to extend Drupal with your own modules or contribute to the core project then get it and be happy.
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning from the pros April 15 2007
By Jeff Eaton - Published on
A top-notch guide to the complexities of Drupal's APIs and development philosophy. Both Matt and John have been active members of the Drupal core development community since the early days, and their understanding of the system's breadth and depth is obvious. When consulting or training new Drupal developers, this is the book I point them to.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Info April 26 2007
By K. Raby - Published on
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I have started moving an application from a VERY old version of Zope and the docs and articles on the Drupal website, although helpful were often hard to find, difficult to figure out what version the articles referred to, etc. I had preordered this book and have found the information much easier to use when it is all together in a nice logical order. I've already come up with several ideas for enhancing what I have already done from the information in this book. It is great for those of use trying to develop modules since it doesn't have all that "how to install this and that, etc., etc." which is information pretty easy to come by but instead has the technical information that is really useful!

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