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Drupal's Building Blocks: Quickly Building Web Sites with CCK, Views, and Panels Paperback – Dec 22 2010

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (Dec 22 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321591313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321591319
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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About the Author

Earl Miles is a permanent member and founder of the Drupal Association. In 2005, Earl found Drupal and thought it was exactly what he needed to build a website in his spare time. When he found that Drupal lacked some key features, Earl ignored work for three weeks and created the Views module which has been instrumental in Drupal’s continued growth. Earl has been active in the community providing support, as well as posting tips and tricks when the mood strikes him. A lifelong programmer, he is currently employed by iO1, a company that actively participates in the development and consumption of open source software.

Lynette Miles has worked for fifteen years in professional software technical support, mainly for Alcatel-Lucent. She became involved with Drupal after attending DrupalCon Brussels and DrupalCon Barcelona. Since then, she has spent most of her contributing time working with the Drupal Documentation team and triaging the Views and Panels queues.

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I have read quite a few books on drupal, and none of them went Into depth of cck, views and panels... Which is kind of weird seeing as they are the drupal building blocks...that is until now!! This book truly is helpful, how can't it be? Afterall, it was written by the guy who came up with views and panels!?! Just wish i had it when i started with drupal, would of saved me alot of time... Will be looking forward to the d7 version...
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1aaf954) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
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HASH(0xa10da3b4) out of 5 stars Desperately needs revising Feb. 14 2011
By Neal J. Burns - Published on Amazon.com
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I gave this book 4 stars only because I am pretty sure it's the only book that covers a lot of the material and I don't want to deter people from reading it. If there were other books on this subject, I would have given it 2 or 3 stars. The writers seem to have a poor grasp of the craft of writing; they fly through difficult concepts and are curiously wordy in explaining simple concepts. I bought it primarily to shed light on the mysterious dark reaches of CCK and Views. I admit that I have skipped the chapters on the low-level APIs, but, having read the chapters aimed at users, I feel that I am only halfway to being an expert, particularly on Views. The problems are made worse by the fact that, despite having been published only last month, there is no mention of Drupal 7, CCK 3 or Views 3. I think there is potential in this book, but they need to expand their coverage of advanced uses of Views, add some discussion of the new versions, and preferably bring on a professional writer to revamp the material already covered. Here's hoping for a much improved second edition.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa10da600) out of 5 stars Panels, Now I understand Panels Jan. 1 2011
By D. Reinders - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been working with Drupal for about a year and have struggled. Drupal does indeed have a steep learning curve. This is not news to the Drupal community or anyone trying to learn Drupal. Here is the good news. This book goes a long way toward flattening that slope.

If you've built a site with Drupal you've used CCK and Views but you might not have realized what you didn't know. Earl and Lynette have taken a straight forward approach to teaching CCK, Views and Panels (I'll get to Panels in a minute). They give you the information you need to get going while also giving you the background about why Drupal does it that way and what goes on "behind the curtain". A newbie and a more experienced Drupal user are both able to learn about CCK and Views at a level that is appropriate for them.

I've worked with Panels a little but never quite understood exactly what I was doing and why. I really worked by trial and error. No longer.

This book has helped me understand the why and how of Panels in a way that nothing else has. I will be using Panels on every project I build from now on. I understand how to use context and variants, panel pages and content panes now. Drupal's Building Blocks will be at my side. I am sure that I will be referring to it regularly.

Drupal's Building Blocks is now part of my "Essential Drupal Library" along with Using Drupal and Pro Drupal Development.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa10da5c4) out of 5 stars Not a Drupal 7 book Sept. 2 2011
By Sadan - Published on Amazon.com
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Although it seems like a Drupal 7 book it's about Drupal 6.
Searching in drupal.org you're forwarded with one (or maybe more) link here, and in amazon.com this book is listed in the Drupal 7 books results.
However, if you look for a complete Drupal 7 guide, this is not a good choice.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa10da8b8) out of 5 stars Very nice Jan. 26 2011
By I. Cho - Published on Amazon.com
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Wish I had read this book before 'Pro Drupal Dev' book.
A must book if you work on CCK/Views/Panel and want to master the concept.
The only thing I miss is more in-depth coverage and specific examples on Views API (ch 11). It lacks on examples/exercises on describing DB schema tables using hook_views_data(), and how to use handlers and plugins using Views API.
Views 3 will be available in Drupal 7, and depending on how much features Views 3 supports in addition to Views 2, you may need to rework on Drupal 7 for many things you learned from this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa10da918) out of 5 stars I can see the light in Drupal Jan. 26 2011
By Scott L. Wolpow - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been building a site in Drupal. I started playing with it last year after reading Teach Yourself Drupal in 24 hours. That is a mandatory starting point. Lets face it, most of the support docs are written by techy coders.
That makes a learning cliff sheer with no hand holds.
Happily this book answers many questions I had, and many questions I did not think of yet. We need more books like this.