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Front End Drupal: Designing, Theming, Scripting

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A book by Konstantin Kafer

“For Drupal to succeed, we need books like this.” –Dries Buytaert, Drupal founder and project lead   “Drupal faces a common problem on the Web–the relative lack of new, high quality themes. Front End Drupal tackles … see full wiki

Author: Konstantin Kafer
Publisher: Prentice Hall
1 review about Front End Drupal: Designing, Theming, Scripting

Useful addition to a Drupal library

  • May 19, 2009
The first two reviewers covered the details of the book in great detail so I'll offer a shorter summary. This is a good addition to a Drupal library. It will help you include some of the bells and whistles you see on Drupal sites that aren't obvious how to create. It's not a beginning guide. The book will help you customize and tweak a Drupal site, wringing more from it than you'd get from the default installation.

The first chapter is one that many might consider a preface and skip. It's about user roles and workflow. That may actually be the most important chapter in the book. In my 10 years of professional web design experience, I can categorically say that most sites fail to achieve their goals because they aren't maintained adequately. Too many clients think that getting the right technology will solve their content management problems. Wrong. Content responsibilities and workflow are the missing critical factor. The fact that this book covers that crucial component before digging into Drupal technical matters is terrific.

The technical content is good and covers the nuts and bolts of Drupal customization and the all important CCK and Views modules. Themes and Javascript tweaks are also given decent coverage.

My only quibble with the book comes from the support site. With most books that's a non-issue. With a technical book of this nature the support site can be a valuable component of the instruction. Unfortunately the site misses the mark in this regard. The downloadable sample code is not organized in any noticeable manner and examples from early chapters seem to be missing altogether. The site also breaks normal navigation convention by placing the download file in the main navigation menu. That's just poor interface design. If and when that situation is fixed, I'll give the book 5 stars.

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