Is the new Using Drupal book good for beginners?

I'm learning Drupal 7, and I'm wondering if the upcoming edition of "Using Drupal" would be helpful for beginners.

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  • Hi Stanford,

    Thanks for your interest in this book. Yes, I think that Using Drupal would be helpful for beginners.

    Here's a section from the book's preface that should help you know if the book is what you're looking for:


    Who is this book written for?
    • If your lead developer can’t seem to shut up about this weird “Drupal” thing, and you want to figure out what on earth she’s talking about, this book is for you.

  • If your boss has approached you and said, “We need to build a site that has X, and fast!” and “X” is a photo gallery, or a product review website, or an e-commerce site, or any of the other projects covered in this book, this book is for you.

  • If you know your way around Drupal, but have found yourself paralyzed by the sheer volume of contributed modules, and need help figuring out which ones are worth looking at, this book is for you.

  • If you consider yourself well versed in Drupal already, but want to broaden your horizons by learning about some of its more esoteric modules, and learn best practices for building powerful Drupal websites, this book is for you.

  • If you’re completely new to creating websites and installing web-based scripts, this book probably isn’t for you, yet. We assume that goofy acronyms like PHP, FTP, URL, ZIP, and HTML are in your working vocabulary. Likewise, if you’re interested in hardcore, nitty-gritty details about Drupal’s API functions, this book isn’t for you: our focus here is on combining existing modules to build out functionality, rather than creating new ones.

    If you’re one of the rest of us, who fall somewhere between total newbie and computer science professor, we hope that this book provides you with an invaluable reference to building practical websites with Drupal.


    I hope this helps. Let us know if you still have questions.

    Regards,

    Rachel James
    O'Reilly Media
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  • Rachel,

    That helps a lot. Thank you.

    Do you happen to know what the projects discussed in the book are? From what I'm reading, the book sounds perfect.

    Thank you again,

    Stanford
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  • You can view the Rough Cut's current table of contents on Safari Books Online. Because this is a Rough Cut, the TOC is incomplete, but it will give you an idea of what to expect.

    Also, the book's description lists some of the projects the book will cover:

    With the recipes in this book, you'll take full advantage of the vast collection of community-contributed modules that make the Drupal web framework useful and unique. Learn how to combine modules in interesting ways (with minimal 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.


    The second edition of this popular book is one of the few resources to cover Drupal 7, the latest version of the open source content management system. Newcomers will find a thorough introduction to the framework, while experienced Drupal developers will learn best practices for building powerful websites.


    • Get an overview of Drupal concepts and key modules, with a bird’s-eye view of each module’s specialty
    • Explore various solutions that meet the requirements for each project described, 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 your project even more powerful
    • Be able to access the modules described in the book, along with other resources

    This book is still in progress, but you can get started with the Drupal recipes through our Rough Cuts edition, which lets you read the manuscript as it’s being written, either online or via PDF. Available at Safari Books Online.

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  • Thank you so much for your help! I'll be buying this one soon. :)
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