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With the recipes in this book, you can take full advantage of the vast collection of community-contributed modules that make the Drupal web framework useful and unique. You'll get the information you need about how to combine modules in interesting ways (with a minimum of code-wrangling) to develop a variety of community-driven websites. Each chapter describes a case study and outlines specific requirements for one of several projects included in the book -- a wiki, publishing workflow site, photo gallery, product review site, online store, user group site, and more. With Using Drupal, you will:

  • Get an overview of Drupal concepts and key modules introduced in each chapter, with a bird's-eye view of each module's specialty and how it works

  • Explore various solutions within Drupal that meet the requirements for the project, with details about which modules are selected and why

  • Learn how to configure modules, with step-by-step recipes for building the precise functionality the project requires

  • Get information on additional modules that will make the project even more powerful

  • Be able to access the modules used in the chapter, along with other resources

Newcomers will find a thorough introduction to the framework, while experienced Drupal developers will learn best practices for building powerful websites. With Using Drupal, you'll find concrete and creative solutions for developing the exact community website you have in mind.

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Average Rating: 4.7272727272727275 out of 5 rating Based on 11 Ratings

"A superb introduction to Drupal" - by Philip Storry on 05-JUL-2011
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Drupal can be scary.  But this book makes Drupal easy, introducing the core concepts and taking you through step-by-step exercises to implement the kinds of website additions you might want in the real world.
As the Web 2.0 universe moves very quickly, there are occasional cases where a module has changed since writing - but overall this is a great start to creating decent sites with Drupal.

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"Good basic cookbook" - by mwhipple on 20-APR-2010
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This book does a nice job of what it claims to do: providing instructions on using Drupal to satisfy assorted case studies.  It doesn't scratch much beneath the surface, and each case study is an independent project (ideal for a novice reference).  I would have liked, particularly considering the length of the book and the ample overlapping online resources, to see more elaborate, comprehensive uses realized by having ongoing sites enhanced through multiple chapters.  This would reinforce the potential for cooperation amongst assorted Drupal modules and establish greater comfort with those use cases which aren't essentially stereotypes.
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