Beginning Drupal
By Jacob Redding
Publisher: Wiley / Wrox
Final Release Date: April 2010
Pages: 484

Shorten the learning curve and quickly leverage the power of Drupal

Drupal is an open source framework and content management system used to create web sites that is known for its steep learning curve. This introduction offers you a clear and solid understanding of Drupal so that you can get started programming a Drupal site immediately. Author Jacob Redding walks you through the installation and configuration of a Drupal web site and presents a clear understanding of Drupal's hook system, theming layer, views, and API. Throughout the book, helpful examples and step-by-step instructions provide you with a strong proficiency in the power and capabilities of Drupal.

Beginning Drupal:

  • Addresses ways to manage and moderate comments on your site
  • Looks at why Drupal's node system is the pivotal structure of Drupal
  • Explains the basics of the views modules and shows you how to control the output of your content
  • Guides you through Drupal's built-in themes and modifying them to suit your needs
  • Examines the power of Drupal's community and demonstrates how to become engaged with it
  • Covers the entire module-development process, including creating custom configuration settings, blocks, and database tables

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    Beginning Drupal

    by Jacob Redding
    Published by O'Reilly Media Inc.
    ISBN: 978-0-596-80660-6
    Pages: 480
Formats: ePub, Mobi
    Price for eBook: $25.99

    There is no question that Drupal web creation software has a steep learning curve. I personally can vouch for this statement. While in the very early days of learning Drupal I quickly came across a stumbling block where I found myself stuck. I could not create links to any of my webpages.

    I have taken online Drupal courses, checked out YouTube video tutorials and I regularly visit the Drupal community and its forum for ideas and help. This time, even with the help on a fellow Drupal user in the forum, I came close to fixing my problem, however I just did not understand what it was the forum people were suggesting.

    Armed with a bit on knowledge know, I opened up Redding's "Beginning Drupal" book, went to the third and fifth chapters with the ease of keyboard click in this eBook and there it was...Step-by-step to get me back on track with my website using Drupal.

    The book itself is very well laid out for beginners like me who know very little about Drupal software. The author explains this book is for "people who want a robust website and are not afraid to get their hands dirty." The book begins with a history and full explanation of what exactly Drupal is and where you can get extra help. From there Chapter 2 takes us right into the install stage. The final chapters cover advanced topics and a "preflight checklist" to ensure you are on track.

    What I really enjoy about this book is two-fold. The first is at the beginning of each chapter is a list of "What you will learn" and at the end there is an exercise of questions to make sure you got what the author was explaining. Also, there is a final statement of "What you have learned in this chapter."

    This book is well thought out and is the perfect reference book to keep beside your computer as it is definitely geared to ensure your Drupal journey is a smooth ride.

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