Book Reviews: Drupal

Drupal 6 Social Networking
Michael Keith Peacock
Last edited on: 01/11/2009 - 13:23

Drupal has been used as a starting point for numerous social networking sites, and by that fact it is hardly surprising that Packt Publishing identified this area for another of their niche Drupal 6 products. The social networking phenomenon has been gaining momentum in recent years, but it is difficult to imagine how further sites in an already crowded market can be sustained. Then there's the startling usage figures published by a Harvard study highlighting that 90% of content is generated by 10% of 'power' users on such sites.

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Drupal 6 Themes
Ric Shreves
Last edited on: 01/11/2009 - 11:48

Once a developer has completed his or her first Drupal website build, they will step back and admire their handiwork. But that self-satisfaction will be short-lived. They will soon start finding fault with their own graft. It looks too 'Drupally'! The theme isn't quite what I wanted! It looks like 2000 other websites on the Internet! At that point its time to remedy these shortcomings. But fear not, the solution is not as difficult as may first appear - Drupal 6 Themes is here to rescue you.

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Using Drupal
Angela Byron et al
Last edited on: 01/11/2009 - 11:45

Anyone considering the development of a Drupal website for the first time has a plethora of instruction manuals to consider before parting with their hard-earned cash. Industry insiders know that any title published under the O'Reilly banner will undoubtedly be good, and Using Drupal doesn't buck that particular trend. Obviously any reference book cannot possibly cater for every reader's circumstance, so it is important to understand the strengths and weaknesses before committing to a purchase.

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Drupal Multimedia
Aaron Winborn
Last edited on: 01/11/2009 - 11:43

The Drupal book market is flourishing, particularly from the Packt Publishing House. Some of the books appear to be searching for a readership, and their potential target market somewhat limited. Drupal Multimedia is one such example. In a nutshell, the book primarily walks through the installation and configuration of a collection of standard Drupal modules. Now there's nothing wrong with that per se, and indeed many other books are doing the same thing, but much of what is being said is familiar territory to most Drupal-ers, and most is also extremely rudimentary.

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