Using Drupal, 2nd Edition
Choosing and Configuring Modules to Build Dynamic Websites
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2012
Pages: 494

Take advantage of Drupal’s vast collection of community-contributed modules and discover how they make this web framework unique and valuable. With this guide, you’ll learn how to combine modules in interesting ways (with minimal code-wrangling) to develop several community-driven websites— including a job posting board, photo gallery, online store, product review database, and event calendar.

The second edition focuses on Drupal 7, the latest version of this open source system. Each project spans an entire chapter, with step-by-step "recipes" to help you build out the precise functionality the site requires. With this book, developers new to Drupal will gain experience through a hands-on introduction, and experienced Drupal developers will learn real-world best practices.

  • Learn Drupal’s concepts and building blocks, and how everything works together
  • Hit the ground running—build your first Drupal site hands-on
  • Explore solutions that meet each project’s requirements, and discover why specific modules were selected
  • Understand the projects through case studies, including the client’s needs and desires
  • Learn how to configure modules with a bird’s-eye view of how they work
  • Discover new modules, including Drupal Commerce, Media, and Workbench
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After doing all hand-on exercises

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    Comments about oreilly Using Drupal, 2nd Edition:

    Overall, it is a good book for learning how to use Drupal 7 to create a website.
    The nine cases studies with hand-on exercise give reader the concept of basic Drupal features and the detail steps to use these feature. After practicing all of nine cases the reader will get nine useful web site samples. These samples can be used as cooking recipes for starting to use Drupal 7 to create real web site.
    When I working on Chapter 3, I complained the book does not give detail steps to install multisite Drupal. Because following the instructions, I worked on chapter 3, it "override" the work of chapter 2. In order to keep all chapters' the work, I created one Apache fold for each chapter. And I installed Drupal 7 for each chapter in its own Apache fold with its own profile.
    Having worked out with all chapters, I have nine Apache folds, with nine cases studies practicing result. The good side is that I can keep all of samples separately. It is easy to use them individually. I trying to build all of the cases studies under one Apache fold by following the instructions for building multisite Drupal in the appendix A of this book. But the instructions are not very helpful.
    Since I am using local host, our company may have some security setting. I had problem in the case study with Amazon module. However, there is no problem with PayPal module. Besides, there was a memory problem with multilingual module; when I intending to choose lot of languages together such as English, France, Dutch, Chinese Simple, Chinese Taiwan. It took too long time to reloading "Configuration" in main menu tools bar. In order to resolve this problem, I had to use phpMyAdmin to remove some records from table "languages".
    Drupal like all of IT techniques, it changes rapidly and consistently. It is almost inevitable for most of IT technique books that minor errors could occur because of version changing.
    I suggest enhancing the instructions for building multisite Drupal in the book.
    2nd Edition Using Drupal 7 is a good book for learning Drupal 7. I give it 4 starts rate. I will recommend using it as a self-training or teaching book.

     
    3.0

    Need detail steps for case study.

    By pmoh

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      Comments about oreilly Using Drupal, 2nd Edition:

      There are some errors found, but this is not big problem.
      However, it needs some detail steps for implementing case study. Such as Drupal installation. Need clearly to let readers know: just put all unzipped file to web server root or create a directory under web root, then unzipped files to the new created directory. Because, both way can get installation working, but consequently, for other usages, different result may happen by using different Drupal installations.
      Suggest putting files/directories structure with pictures for each case study.

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      2.0

      Too many errors

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        • Too many errors

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        Comments about oreilly Using Drupal, 2nd Edition:

        As soon as you start using the source code provided by this book your screen will greet you with both errors and update alerts. After updating your Drupal version and modules you'll get new errors. The pictures shown in the book do not match with whatever is shown on the screen. I've bought the printed version, which of course cannot be updated, but I've understood from other users that the electronic version is not being updated either. Errata are not reviewed by O'Reilly authors or editors so as soon as you start using this book you're out there on your own. It's a perfect headache, which is a shame really, because with regular additions online the book could be quite good.

         
        4.0

        Good starting point

        By Jorgie

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        • Easy to understand
        • Helpful examples
        • Well-written

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          Comments about oreilly Using Drupal, 2nd Edition:

          This book is a very good starting point for learning to use drupal. It's only draw back is that it is lagging just behind Drupal releases. This means you need to be prepared for something not to be in the expected place.

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          Spending more time figuring out errors

          By Roughdraft

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              Comments about oreilly Using Drupal, 2nd Edition:

              I'm really sick of books coming out before the product is finalized. An e-book should be updated. Otherwise, I waste too much time with source code being beta, screen shots that don't exist in the product, typos, etc. Really, when I pay this much I expect more.

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