Drupal 7: Visual QuickStart Guide
Drupal 7: Visual QuickStart Guide
Author: Tom Geller
Publisher: Peachpit Press, 2010
Pages: 264
ISBN: 978-0321619211
Aimed at: Newcomers to Drupal
Rating: 3
Pros: Takes a very simple approach
Cons: Doesn't go very far or very deep
Reviewed by: David Conrad

Drupal is arguably a difficult beast to get into - although once in you can't see what all the fuss is about.

This book offers a step-by-step approach to Drupal 7. It starts off with the usual getting and setting up and as long as you want to use a WAMP or MAMP system you will find it useful. Linux is treated as almost too easy to bother with a step-by-step.  Chapter 2 is about basic tasks - creating pages, configuration and using themes. It also covers how to backup you site which is a good thing to do so early. It also shows how to restore and move your site to another location.


Chapters 3, 4, 5 and 6 cover content - node types, custom content, interactive content and making content searchable. Chapter 7 is all about managing users - accounts, roles and permission. Chapter 8 deals with customizing Drupal's look with themes and Chapter 9 finishes the book with a description of some of the standard modules you can use with Drupal.

The bottom line is that this book doesn't go very far. It would be suitable for the beginner who didn't know or want to know anything much about HTML/CSS or PHP. This is not to say that there aren't little bits of HTML and CSS but their appearance is minimal.  In places the book is too superficial - yes the step-by-steps will work if you are in exactly the right state but should something be even slightly different then you will get stuck without much understanding to get you unstuck.

There is the argument that if you really need a book this simple then you are going to come unstuck very soon because running a web site is no easy matter.  However, if you really do need a very simple approach to Drupal 7 then this is a reasonable though not perfect choice. 


Learning jQuery

Author: Ralph Steyer
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
Pages: 512
ISBN: 978-0321815262
Audience: JavaScript programmers
Rating: 3
Reviewer: Ian Elliot

This book has the subtitle A Hands-on Guide to Building Rich Interactive Web Front Ends. Does it live up to expectation?

Sams Teach Yourself Android Game Programming in 24 Hours

Author: Jonathan S. Harbour
Publisher: Sams
Pages: 432
ISBN: 978-0672336041
Audience: Java programmers
Rating: 3
Reviewer: Mike James

Learning to program an Android game should be fun - can you learn how in just 24 short lessons?

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