Building Online Communities With Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress – Old but still a nice read

March 1, 2009 at 5:57 am 5 comments

I have only read the Drupal section of the book, so I can’t comment on the other two sections.

I have been trying to learn how this powerful CMS system works as I start my first Drupal site, and have spent many hours on the official website reading documentation and community posts from the incredibly helpful folks over there. However, sometimes computer people have a hard time communicating effectively with the less-technical among us. As an instructor myself, I constantly have to remind myself to slow down and make no assumptions when I teach – a skill it takes a long time to master.

This book is a shining example of that skill put to good use. The author is extremely talented at phrasing things in “real English” and makes no assumptions that the reader has any pre-existing knowledge. His explanations are well thought out, and make perfect sense out of what can be a complex subject. He has obviously spent a lot of time crafting the words to ensure you get the picture. I’ve had many “ah-ha!” moments reading this book, where something came together and clicked in my mind – even after reading many other explanations elsewhere.

There are a few features and modules mentioned which are available only in the upcoming Drupal 4.7 (which is currently available in a beta test version, and working quite well just as it is), but it would have made no sense to publish a new book that only covers older features when the new version is literally weeks away.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning Drupal.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Young Spirit  |  March 4, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    thanks mam, we’ll do

    Reply
  • 2. Jay  |  March 14, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    It sure is an old book,

    I have read it a few years ago i believe, and as i recall it was a good book.

    Reply
  • 3. Read it, loved it  |  March 17, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Thanks very much for the information. I have just ended reading the book, and i very much liked the info in there

    hope to get my new site up soon.

    Reply
  • 4. Jay  |  March 21, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Thatt’s right

    Reply
  • 5. Drupee  |  March 24, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    I read it, but i did not like the fact that the parts are not related at all

    Reply

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