Posted by: phillipnb | October 1, 2012

Book Review: Beginning Drupal


Here is another book review, this time it is about Drupal. The book that I have selected to review about Drupal is “Beginning Drupal” by Jacob Redding. I would say that this book is not just another book about Drupal. It is a perfect book about Drupal for a beginner because:

  • This book is well-organized. You don’t have to spend a lot of time searching for a basic topic in Drupal using this book.
  • The book has covered all the topics that are relevant and necessary for a beginner.
Book review - Beginning Drupal

Other highlights of this book – This book has done a good job as far as custom module development is concerned. It has dealt module development from start to end which is ideal for a beginner.

This is also one of the few books about Drupal that talks about how to use Drupal to create multiple independent web sites and multiple related web sites. This book also has done justice to “Themes and Theming in Drupal” which is one of the areas in Drupal where beginners initially struggle to understand the concepts.

Here is a list of topics that are covered in this book:

  • Chapter 1 – Introducing Drupal
  • Chapter 2 – Installing Drupal
  • Chapter 3 – Your first Drupal Website
  • Chapter 4 – administration – Configuration, Modules and Reporting
  • Chapter 5 – Administration – Blocks, Menus and Themes
  • Chapter 6 – Content
  • Chapter 7 – User Management
  • Chapter 8 – Taxonomy
  • Chapter 9 – Search, Performance, Statistics and Reporting
  • Chapter 10 – Triggers, Actions, Workflow, and Rules
  • Chapter 11 – Views
  • Chapter 12 – Internationalization
  • Chapter 13 – Theming
  • Chapter 14 – Contributed Modules
  • Chapter 15 – Custom Modules
  • Chapter 16 – Development Hooks
  • Chapter 17 – Module Development
  • Chapter 18 – Advanced Drupal Installations
  • Chapter 19 – Preflight Checklist

Overall, this book is ideal for those who are brand new to Drupal. If you are one of those who have decided that “I want to get a strong a foundation in Drupal Fundamentals”, then this is the book that you should buy.

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