Book Reviews: Joomla

Learning Joomla! 1.5 Extension Development
Joseph LeBlanc
Last edited on: 30/10/2009 - 16:23

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.

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Joomla! for Dummies
Steve Holzner Ph.D et al
Last edited on: 30/10/2009 - 16:22

What is this? A review of a for Dummies book? Yep - no snobbery on this website. Content Management Systems (CMS) are the flavour of the moment in the IT industry and there is a clamour to jump aboard the bandwagon. Any fresh-faced CMS enthusiast may be overawed by the bewildering choice of products (open source and commercial) and may also be wondering what all the fuss is about. It would be a recommendation for anyone ready to make the leap into CMS to consider an open source product for starters.

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Joomla! Cash
Brandon Dawson
Last edited on: 30/10/2009 - 16:19

This is actually a misnomer. Joomla! Cash should really be retitled How to Market your Website using a Content Management System, but Hey, I'll Throw in a Little Joomla!. That's not to totally denigrate author Brandon Dawson's efforts - some of what he is saying is laudable and would be useful for any website developer. The reality of it is though there is precious little Joomla! in this book and it is difficult to understand how it became to be published on such a threadbare premise.

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