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.


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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. 


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Expert Oracle Database Architecture

Author: Thomas Kyte
Publisher: Apress, 2010
Pages: 750
ISBN: 978-1430229469
Aimed at: Developers who need to know about Oracle
Rating: 5
Pros: A readable, dense book that will teach you exactly how to develop applications for use with Oracle
Cons: Density of information means you’ll be reading for a long [ ... ]



Defensive Database Programming with SQL Server

Author: Alex Kuznetsov
Publisher: Red Gate
Pages: 200
ISBN: 978-1906434458
Aimed at : Experienced developers who want to look at database programming from another angle
Rating: 4.5
Pros: Practical guide with unique examples, no boring theory
Cons: SQL Server specific
Reviewed by Nikos Vaggalis

 

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