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Posted August 7, 2009
I got this book because I wanted to dabble in template design for kicks. While the book does an OK job at explaining things there were parts where the author expected the reader to automatically know what was going on.
An example of this is when the author explains how to code a basic web page that will be the building block for the template. After following the author's instructions the reader then can look at the screen shot provided of what the page should look like. The thing is the text for one of the areas what changed on the screen shot. This caused some confusion because the screen shot in the book did not match up with what I had on screen.
Another example is that at one point the reader should have a basic web page coded. No boxes, outlines, or anything else. The author then explains how to insert tags for text boxes that will appear at the top of the page. When the reader gets to the picture showing what the page should look like with the tags inserted most of the text on the page has already been edited, way beyond the text boxes the author was talking about, and the reader is left to try and figure out how that formatting was placed.
While the book is good for reference and does help out with the creation of a Joomla template the author does skip steps or change things up throughout the book. It can not be used for a simple A to Z explanation of how a template is made but can be used as an OK reference guide.
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Posted October 28, 2009
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