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As an open source, community-based content management system and web site application development framework, Drupal allows you to create interactive, media-based, database-driven web sites that become a part of everyday activities and communications. This unique book is the first of its kind to tackle the challenging task of leveraging Drupal to get a site done right and make that site work for you, based on industry-wide ...
As an open source, community-based content management system and web site application development framework, Drupal allows you to create interactive, media-based, database-driven web sites that become a part of everyday activities and communications. This unique book is the first of its kind to tackle the challenging task of leveraging Drupal to get a site done right and make that site work for you, based on industry-wide software development best practices.
Within these pages, you will gain insight into how to work with any release of Drupal, approach your project, establish a development environment, plan for deployment, and avoid pitfalls along the way. A real-world example of a web site application based on Drupal—an online Literary Workshop—is used throughout the book, and it walks you through the entire development lifecycle. You'll learn how to bring your web site into the exciting Drupal mainstream, customize Drupal for your specific needs, and even make "non-Drupal" looking sites. With this hands-on guide, you'll discover how to use Drupal to efficiently publish, manage, and organize a wide variety of content on your web site.
What you will learn from this book
Best practices to optimize the way you approach development projects
Methods for setting up a development environment using version control and issue tracking tools
How the Drupal theming system works and how it separates content from presentation and style
Techniques for upgrading and deploying the online Literary Workshop
The future of Drupal and how it might be developed and used
Who this book is for
This book is for Drupal users of all levels of expertise who are looking to put together a sophisticated web application.
Wrox guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think. Written by programmers for programmers, they provide a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
Pt. I Launching Your Website as a Software Project
Ch. 1 Keeping It Simple 3
Ch. 2 Taking Baby Steps 17
Ch. 3 Getting Organized 53
Ch. 4 Getting up to Speed 87
Pt. II Getting Your 5.x Site Up-To-Date
Ch. 5 Finishing up the Elaboration Phase 109
Ch. 6 Pushing the Envelope 129
Ch. 7 Becoming an Expert Drupal Themer 155
Pt. III Upgrading Your Drupal Site
Ch. 8 Upgrading to Drupal 6 187
Ch. 9 Upgrading to Drupal 6 Revisited 213
Pt. IV Getting the Most out of Drupal 6.x
Ch. 10 Installing and Using Drupal 6 Fresh out of the Box 239
Ch. 11 Full Swing Agile Approach to Drupal Development 279
Ch. 12 The jQuery Chapter 323
Pt. V Drupal 7 and the Road Ahead
Ch. 13 From Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 and Beyond 365
Ch. 14 Deploying your Application as a Drupal Installation Profile 385
Ch. 15 Acquia Drupal as an Enterprise-Ready Alternative 411
This book starts out with a chapter on developing a map for developing a website, and then proceeds to work that map. The author spends a lot of time talking about the process of software development, with the goal of avoiding the "deer in the headlights" problem of knowing where to start or what to do next.
As he works this, he presents a great deal of detailed information and resources regarding the software development process, which I found very useful. He also presents a series of best practices for setup of a development environment for your Drupal site work, and will introduce you to many techniques for tracking and simplifying the process.
The book is somewhat light on technical detail, however, although I am not sure that is a fair criticism of a book that focuses on the process to the extent this one does. For example, most of the development uses Drupal 5, although he does provide two detailed examples of upgrading two real Drupal websites to Drupal 6, and has a chapter on the upcoming Drupal 7.
The development environments discussed, however, do not really cover PHP development, and there is virtually no discussion of practical implementation of testing except for a reference to SimpleTest. And I moved from svn to git some time ago, but this book relies on CVS (for Drupal) and svn.
Another example of the lack of technical detail is in "The jQuery Chapter". Certainly one would not expect detailed coverage of jQuery in a single chapter, but we could expect more detailed coverage of the Drupal features for using jQuery, such as jquery_plugin_add and drupal_add_js, which he uses but does not describe. The important issue of passing info from Drupal to jQuery got no more than a source comment within a two-page code dump on page 360. Most of the jQuery chapter is also for Drupal 5, a choice that is difficult to understand.
However, the author brings together a wealth of detailed reference material on software development as well as on Drupal, and I enjoyed his writing style. I did not work the examples (since I will not be creating any Drupal 5 sites), but the book is a fairly quick read.
In comparison to Using Drupal, both books cover many useful modules, although Using Drupal focuses more on a larger range of modules. In comparison to Pro Drupal Development, that book goes into much greater technical depth, but deals more with PHP development issues, whereas Leveraging Drupal is mostly based on the user interfaces presented by Drupal and its modules. Both of those books focus on Drupal 6.