The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7

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Apress, Jul 18, 2011 - Computers - 1047 pages
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The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7 is the most comprehensive book for getting sites done using the powerful and extensible Drupal content management system. Written by a panel of expert authors, the book covers every aspect of Drupal, from planning a successful project all the way up to making a living from designing Drupal sites and to contributing to the Drupal community yourself. With this book you will:

  • Follow practical approaches to solving many online communication needs with Drupal with real examples.
  • Learn how to keep learning about Drupal: administration, development, theming, design, and architecture.
  • Go beyond the code to engage with the Drupal community as a contributing member and to do Drupal sustainably as a business.

The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7 was written by the following team of expert Drupal authors:

Benjamin Melançon, Jacine Luisi, Károly Négyesi, Greg Anderson, Bojhan Somers, Stéphane Corlosquet, Stefan Freudenberg, Michelle Lauer, Ed Carlevale, Florian Lorétan, Dani Nordin, Ryan Szrama, Susan Stewart, Jake Strawn, Brian Travis, Dan Hakimzadeh, Amye Scavarda, Albert Albala, Allie Micka, Robert Douglass, Robin Monks, Roy Scholten, Peter Wolanin, Kay VanValkenburgh, Greg Stout, Kasey Qynn Dolin, Mike Gifford, Claudina Sarahe, Sam Boyer, and Forest Mars, with contributions from George Cassie, Mike Ryan, Nathaniel Catchpole, and Dmitri Gaskin.

For more information, check out the Drupaleasy podcast #63, in which author Benjamin Melançon discusses The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7 in great detail:

http://drupaleasy.com/podcast/2011/08/drupaleasy-podcast-63-epic

What you’ll learn
  • Launch a community-ready site in fifteen minutes.
  • Talk to stakeholders and architect a site’s structure and functionality around the goals it must achieve to successfully launch major enterprise sites.
  • Find, evaluate, and configure modules to extend Drupal’s functionality.
  • Theme inspired designs into functional, future-proof templates.
  • Build modules when you need to extend what Drupal can do beyond the thousands of solutions already coded by others.
  • Work with Drupal sustainably as a professional and as a participant in the Drupal community.

Who this book is for

Anyone who has heard of Drupal and has a personal or professional reason to learn more: from Drupal administrators, themers, and developers to moonlighters and intense hobbyists. People considering a solo or collaborative career making websites will find this book their complete stop for Drupal.

Table of Contents
  1. Building a Drupal 7 Site
  2. Essential Tools: Drush and Git
  3. Building Dynamic Pages Using Views
  4. There's a Module for That
  5. Creating Community Web Sites with Organic Groups
  6. Security in Drupal
  7. Updating Drupal
  8. Extending Your Site
  9. Drupal Community: Getting Help and Getting Involved
  10. Planning and Managing a Drupal Project
  11. Documenting for End Users and the Production Team
  12. Development Environment
  13. Putting a Site Online and Deploying New Features
  14. Developing from a Human Mindset
  15. Theming
  16. Advanced Theming
  17. jQuery
  18. Introduction to Module Development
  19. Using Drupal's APIs in a Module
  20. Refining Your Module
  21. Porting Modules to Drupal 7
  22. Writing Project-Specific Code
  23. Introduction to Functional Testing with Simpletest
  24. Writing a Major Module
  25. Drupal Commerce
  26. Drush
  27. Scaling Drupal
  28. Spice Your Content Up with Tasty Semantics
  29. The Menu System and the Path Into Drupal
  30. Under the Hood: Inside Drupal When It Displays a Page
  31. Search and Apache Solr Integration
  32. User Experience
  33. Completing a Site: The Other 90%
  34. Drupal Distributions and Installation Profiles
  35. Drupal's Story: A Chain of Many Unexpected Events
  36. Now You're in Business: Making a Living with Drupal
  37. Maintaining a Project
  38. Contributing to the Community
  39. Appendix A: Updating a Drupal Site from 6 to 7
  40. Appendix B: Profiling Drupal and Optimizing Performance
  41. Appendix C: Page Rendering and Altering
  42. Appendix D: Visual Design in Drupal
  43. Appendix E: Accessibility
  44. Appendix F: Windows Development Environment
  45. Appendix G: Installing Drupal on Ubuntu
  46. Appendix H: Mac OS X Installation
  47. Appendix I: Setting Up a Drupal Environment with the Acquia Dev Desktop

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User Review  - Rimu Atkinson - Goodreads

More than just your usual textbook style geek book - this goes into many of the important side-issues that trip people up when it comes to developing web sites. Read full review

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