Sams Teach Yourself Drupal in 24 Hours Paperback – Nov 9 2009
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From the Back Cover
In just 24 sessions of one hour or less, learn how to build powerful, easy-to-maintain websites with Drupal-fast! Using this book's straightforward, step-by-step approach, you'll master every skill you'll need, from organizing sites and using Drupal's design themes to setting up search, polls, forums, and security. Each lesson builds on what you've already learned, giving you a rock-solid foundation for real-world success! Step-by-step instructions carefully walk you through the most common Drupal tasks. Quizzes and Exercises at the end of each chapter help you test your knowledge. By the Way notes present interesting information related to the discussion. Did You Know? tips offer advice or show you easier ways to perform tasks. Watch Out! cautions alert you to possible problems and give you advice on how to avoid them. Jesse Feiler provides consulting services to small businesses and non-profits through his company, North Country Consulting (northcountryconsulting.com). His recent books include FileMaker Pro 10 In Depth, The Bento Book, How to Do Everything with Web 2.0 Mashups, and iWork '09 For Dummies(R). Register your book at informit.com/register for convenient access to all sample project source code, as well as updates and corrections as they become available. Category: Web Development Covers: Drupal User Level: Beginning-Intermediate Learn how to...
- Make the most of Drupal, whether you're building business, non-profit, or personal sites
- Download, install, and configure open source Drupal 6 and 7, and make sure it's working properly
- Plan and organize your sites so they are easy to manage-and friendly to both users and search engines
- Customize sites with Drupal's extensive library of optional open source modules
- Create barebone sites and home pages automatically
- Add text, images, links, and other essential site features
- Master Drupal's powerful Content Construction Kit (CCK)
- Incorporate new types of content, ranging from articles to e-commerce products
- Secure Drupal sites by managing users, permissions, roles, and user profiles
- Categorize and tag content, and implement full-text search
- Promote user involvement with polls, comments, forums, RSS feed aggregation, blogs, and newsletters
- Automate and simplify site management with Triggers, Actions, and Rules
About the Author
In 1998, Jesse Feiler wrote Database-Driven Web Sites, one of the first books about the marriage of databases and the web. This relationship between databases and the web has grown and encompassed blogs and Content Management Systems (CMS), culminating in Drupal.
Jesse is the author of numerous books on Mac OS X, FileMaker, the web, and various other technologies, such as Bento, mashups, and Facebook. Jesse has worked as a developer and manager for companies such as the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (monetary policy and bank supervision), Prodigy (early web browser), Apple (information systems), New York State Department of Health (rabies and lead poisoning), The Johnson Company (office management), and Young & Rubicam (media planning and new product development). He also consults with small business and nonprofits in areas such as publishing, production, web technology, and contact management. Active in the community, Jesse has served on various nonprofit boards, including HB Studio and Mid-Hudson Library System, as well as zoning and planning boards. He has conducted trustee training sessions for Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System and other groups. Feiler’s website is www.northcountryconsulting.com. It is, of course, powered by Drupal. Downloadable files, updates, and discussion forums for this book are located there.
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I bought Sams Teach Yourself Drupal in 24 Hours and starting working my way through it. I enjoyed the organized, incremental approach, and I was making good progress...up until Hour 11. In Hour 11, I was not able to add an image to text. It appears that the instructions in that chapter are not correct. For example, on page 179 Mr. Feiler writes "...you do not need a bridge to use IMCE with FCKeditor." However, I was not able to insert an image into text until I installed the IMCE Wysiwyg Bridge module. Then, although I was able to insert an image, as soon as I previewed or saved the page, the image disappeared. I still have not solved the problem, and I am about ready to start over with a new Drupal installation and different modules to see if I can get around this site-breaker. I read the rest of the book, although a lot of it, such as e-commerce, does not apply to my immediate goals, but without the ability to add images to text, this Drupal site is dead in the water.
To be fair, Drupal is a moving target, constantly changing, and it may be that one or more of the relevant modules changed since the author finished his draft. Or, I may have made a mistake in my installation, or in one or more settings.
This book makes extensive use of screen shots. My biggest complaint is that the shrunken size, low resolution and poor contrast make them very hard to read. This is not a problem when a screen shot is used just for orientation, but there are many places where the author instructs the reader to copy one or more settings from a screen shot. I found myself reaching for a magnifying glass.
I found several minor grammatical errors and typos in the text, and on page 347 there are several sentences that are repeated. This left me wondering if SAMS scrimped on the proofreading before the book was printed. I did not find an errata page on either the SAMS website nor the author's website. There were a couple of times that I wished for more information. For example, the book does not explain how to back up a Drupal site and database, and it seems to me that this is a skill that everyone learning Drupal should know.
On the whole this book has a lot of information packed into a modest number of pages for a very reasonable price. The information is well organized, and it appears that the author knows the subject. IMHO Reading this book gives a smoother start to learning Drupal than attempting to read Drupal's on-line documentation. If it were not for my difficulties with Hour 11, and if the book shipped with a magnifying glass, I would probably give it 5 stars.... This book will not be the last book on Drupal that I buy, but I think it is a good place to start.
I am finding this book to be an important addition to the Drupal library I've been building as I prepare to use Drupal for a major new site. But the publisher has made a design decision that undermines the skills of the author and conveys disrespect for readers.
Having been through almost all the Drupal books available, I feel that the way in which this book is organized, written, and illustrated is among the clearest yet.
The book will provide me with good counsel and guidance as I start to proceed through installing and building my Drupal site. Finally, I have found a book that answers some key questions I have had about the Views and Panels modules!
HOWEVER, the major flaw is that the text is accompanied by grey-scale screen captures that, while critical to understanding the 24 one-hour lessons that comprise the book, are nearly impossible to see. The abundance and relevance of these screen captures are among the best of any Drupal book -- but the publisher has chosen to print them too small, and with grey text against grey backgrounds.
"Too small" is an understatement. Using a magnifying glass is essential!
This is a real shame. The screen captures are so essential to the book, but the difficulty reading them severely weakens the book's value.
There isn't anything substantial to complain about, and the major components of Drupal are all very clearly explained, with many insights into how a developer can take seemingly disparate elements and come up with arrangements that will delight both end user and builder.
The one thing about Drupal that this book did not prepare me for was the horrible 12-hour runaround I got having to learn how to create a jQueryUI module from two separate ones. With all the disinformation and poor wording of solutions out there, it wasn't easy getting a fast fix. While the author was kind enough to recommend using the built-in datepicker, this filthy little issue could have been covered with a few sentences and a link or two.
The only other minor request is that larger screen shots be used next time. It did turn things into a squintfest from time to time, even though the actual layout of the screen was the most important part of the illustration.
I'm really pretty satisfied with the purchase and recommend it for someone who needs a shoestring jump into Drupal. From newsletters to e-commerce to views, all of which was exceptionally well covered, I learned quite a bit, and was able to help make a website for a major agricultural concern for a very rewarding check that more than covered the cost of the book.
This is my first Drupal book and I do not have another reference to use in a comparison. I will continue to plod through the text and see if at some point it begins to make sense.
My goal is a corporate site that allows the collection and reporting of information from staff members in a MySql data base. With all the concentration in the book on 'social' sites it makes me wonder if this it the right product for my purposes.
I found it somewhat useful though it was not very well written as a manual and it tried to cover Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 not covering the now most popular Drupal 7 very well. There are better books about Drupal available.
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