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ISBN: 1849512868
Author: David Mercer
Language: English
Publisher: Packt Publishing; 2nd ed. edition (September 7, 2010)
Pages: 416
Category: Web Development & Design
Subcategory: IT
Rating: 4.2
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Praise for David Mercer's previous titles. About this book, Drupal 7 by David Mercer, there is a free sample chapter (PDF format). I think it's good to read at least part of it, before giving opinions about an unread book. This is one of the best book purchases I've ever made! After struggling to find good online tutorials that cover the basics well, I found this book. They say "the book is written for Drupal 7 beginners or newcomers to Drupal", and indeed it's not an advanced book for programmers like Pro Drupal Development, or an intermediate level book for webmasters like Using Drupal (books for D6 that are going to have D7 versions).

Drupal 7. David Mercer. It meets the booming demand for well presented, clear, concise, and above all practical information on how to design and build sites like a pro. With such a powerful tool at your fingertips there is no longer any need to pay professionals to design a site when you can do the same job yourself absolutely free.

What's more, the latest version of Drupal 7 includes a tremendous number of new features and new under-the-hood improvements for both users and developers.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Drawing on years of writing experience, David Mercer utilizes a friendly, engaging style that is both clear and concise-perfect for the Drupal newbie. Who this book is for.

Drawing on years of writing experience, David Mercer utilizes a friendly, engaging style that is both clear and concise-perfect for the Drupal newbie. By: Mercer David. Publisher: Packt Publishing Drawing on years of writing experience, David Mercer utilizes a friendly, engaging style. Publisher: Packt Publishing. Print ISBN: 9781849512862, 1849512868. Drawing on years of writing experience, David Mercer utilizes a friendly, engaging style that is both clear and concise†perfect for the Drupal newbie.

The approach of this book has been revised and updated for Drupal 7 based on comments from thousands of readers. The book takes a pragmatic look at the steps necessary to get a website up and running. Drawing on years of writing experience, David Mercer utilizes a friendly, engaging style that is both clear and concise-perfect for the Drupal newbie. This book is for people with little or no experience in website design, people who are not necessarily familiar with PHP, MySQL or HTML, and above all people with little to no experience in using Drupal.

Comments:

Malarad
I have some experience with Drupal version 6, having created a Drupal site for a class I taught. I felt like I knew some aspects of Drupal very well, and others (views, themes) not so well. This book walks you through just about every feature of Drupal 7, providing screenshots, reviewing options, and giving examples. It might have been a little overwhelming if I had not already had some familiarity with Drupal, but a beginner should also be able to follow it.

Because Drupal 7 is a work in progress, there were a few minor mismatches between the screenshots and instructions in this book, and the version I was using (beta2). It is essential that you install Drupal 7 and work through the examples. For one thing, it will be much more fun, and you'll absorb the information better.

I was particularly pleased with the presentation of the views feature. I admit to writing modules when views would have been sufficient, and I won't have any excuses next time. Almost all of my previous Drupal knowledge came from VanDyk's Pro Drupal Development, which walks you through module development but skips some of the built-in features. This book is a great complement to that one. I think the combination of a methodical progression through the world of Drupal 7, combined with lots of examples, makes this book invaluable. I'll still be using Drupal 6 for awhile, but there is enough similarity between versions that I will be consulting this book when I update my web site with a modified theme and some other new elements.
MegaStar
This book provides a very easy to understand introduction to Drupal 7. The keyword is introduction. And, there is definitely nothing wrong with that especially for a brand new version of such a cool piece of software.

For those new to web application frameworks, content management systems, and especially Drupal, this is a very good resource to kickstart the experience. It covers what Drupal is, where to download it, how to set up your computer to host it locally, and how to install it. The book describes an easy way to set up a local development environment with XAMPP. Follow by a pretty thorough introduction to the basics of what makes up Drupal including how to download and use modules and themes. An introduction of some features that are considered more advanced completes the book including Actions, Triggers, Clean URLs, Views, and Panels. Just remember that even for these advanced uses of Drupal the book only covers an introduction.

Personally, I like the latter half of the book much better. After introducing user management and basic content concepts the author talks about content fields, taxonomy, images, and files. While I considered myself a relative newbie to Drupal, the first half of the book helped me realize that I did not need that sort of beginner introduction. And, while the screenshots and discussions about the new Drupal 7 overlay features are certainly helpful, I would not recommend the first half of this book to those who are familiar with Drupal and trying to figure out what's new in Drupal 7. Views and Panels are introduced during this part of the book including some special wording by the author indicating these modules are still being developed and upgraded for Drupal 7 so, as they say, your mileage may vary. The benefit for a reader like me is that the book delivers an introduction to give me some ideas and examples of how to implement Views and Panels.

I was given the opportunity to read this book as part of a promotion from Packt Publishing. They provided the book as a PDF eBook which gave me a great opportunity to test out reading a technical book on my eReader. The only concern I have about this experience is that the layout of the book was broken on my device. The bulleted points were messed up as were the side notes. In this case, I would have preferred to try out the ePub version rather than the PDF. That being said the PDF eBook looked just fine in Acrobat Reader so it may be more a problem with my eReader than the document itself.

In summary, this book was very clear to read with a pretty good progression of ideas and topics building upon each other as I read through the chapters from start to finish. The only critique I have with the topic layout is that the last chapter "Deployment and Management" could have been placed earlier in the book right behind the chapter on installation and basic configuration. It is a very good introduction to Drupal 7 for the intended audience which is "people with little to no experience in using Drupal." I definitely recommend it for readers who fit this profile.
Voodoozragore
One reviewer says that over 50% of the book is inaccurate. That statement is incorrect, in my opinion. The true percentage is closer to 4% or 5%, mostly in the screenshots and the references to menu items, especially for panels and views. This is unavoidable because there are slight differences between Drupal 7.0, 7.1, 7.2, 7.4 and 7.7. A few menu items are different between the book and the actual Drupal 7.7, but there is nothing of functional significance, just discrepancies (but those discrepancies pertaining to Views can be confusing).

I am a relative newcomer to Drupal who is semi computer-literate (I have been writing Windows desktop programs using the Delphi language for the past 15 years). This book is the first Drupal book, or any book, that has guided me to a successful no-pain installation of Apache-MySQL-PHP plus Drupal on my Windows system. The reason was that the writer was very specific about things such as folders, using plain language without unnecessary technical sidetracks. (By contrast, there is another book on Drupal 7 that has an unfinished discussion about installing Apache-MySQL-PHP that left me dangling, followed by an equally hasty and vague discussion about installing Drupal.)

After guiding me to a successful installation of XAMPP and Drupal, the book covered the broad sweep of Drupal's functionalities, giving me a basic working knowledge of Drupal without bombarding me with things such as PHP.

In summary, this book is an excellent fast-track to Drupal, one of those rare books which offer much gain with no unnecessary pain. The foundational topics and the more advanced topics in this book are well developed, and will take you well into the intermediate Drupal level.

UPDATE: I have gone through two other Drupal 7 books, but the one by Mercer is the best of the three, in my opinion.

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