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Posted June 25, 2009
Please avoid this book
I'm a web programmer tasked with learning Joomla while moving an existing static web site onto it. I understand PHP, CSS, and the MVC pattern quite well. This book was less than useless -- it was a time-waster that set me back at least a day on the project and taught me almost nothing.
From their buzzwords "Professional" and "programmer-to-programmer", I expected to learn something about the detailed inner workings of Joomla -- how the interface works and how it directly relates to code in modules, components, and templates. Most of this information simply isn't there, and anything useful you can find is brief, disorganized, buried in irrelevant filler content, and even a little confusing.
The author spends several paragraphs on the topic of IE not being standards compliant; and he spends several PAGES on how to create a rounded-rectangle appearance using CSS and Photoshop (I found this to be nothing less than an insult); and several CHAPTERS on how to build a successful web site and community -- important topics, but having very little to do with PROGRAMMING.
It's clear that Wrox slapped this thing together with enough filler to make it look substantial. That's deceit for you. Avoid this book. I'm returning it today.
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Posted July 29, 2009
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