Learning Joomla! 1.5 Extension Development

Author(s): Joseph LeBlanc
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Pages: 176
ISBN: 978-1847191304
ASIN: 1847191304
Release Date: 6th December 2007


If you are looking for a quick tour on how to develop a Joomla 1.5 Extension, then this is a good starting point. Unfortunately this lightweight book is very sketchy and suffers from problems. Firstly, there are bugs in the code - by no means difficult to fix for a PHP coder of experience, but it is an annoyance nevertheless. Secondly, there are omissions in the code - some functionality has been missed out of the walk-through example in the book. Thirdly, important topics are not discussed at all, such as client side and server side validation. Fourthly, there is bizarre repetition - the author initially takes a few chapters to develop the back-end side of the example application, then later in the book effectively says "Don't do it that way, use MVC instead" and then trots out a better method for the same solution.

The book appears rushed to marketplace and with its shortcomings does not represent good value.