The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7

Next week (8 august 2011) Apress will publish the book The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7 (ISBN13: 978-1-4302-3135-6 ). The book will be 1112 pages phat and will be available as printed and e-book (in  the following formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF).

Apress has given me the opportunity to review this Drupal 7 book. I expect the review to appear later this month on my blog.

The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7 is the most comprehensive book for getting sites done using the powerful and extensible Drupal content management system. Written by a panel of expert authors, the book covers every aspect of Drupal, from planning a successful project all the way up to making a living from designing Drupal sites and to contributing to the Drupal community yourself. With this book you will:

  • Follow practical approaches to solving many online communication needs with Drupal with real examples.
  • Learn how to keep learning about Drupal: administration, development, theming, design, and architecture.
  • Go beyond the code to engage with the Drupal community as a contributing member and to do Drupal sustainably as a business.

What you’ll learn

  • Launch a community-ready site in fifteen minutes.
  • Talk to stakeholders and architect a site’s structure and functionality around the goals it must achieve to successfully launch major enterprise sites.
  • Find, evaluate, and configure modules to extend Drupal’s functionality.
  • Theme inspired designs into functional, future-proof templates.
  • Build modules when you need to extend what Drupal can do beyond the thousands of solutions already coded by others.
  • Work with Drupal sustainably as a professional and as a participant in the Drupal community.

Who this book is for

Anyone who has heard of Drupal and has a personal or professional reason to learn more: from Drupal administrators, themers, and developers to moonlighters and intense hobbyists. People considering a solo or collaborative career making websites will find this book their complete stop for Drupal.

More information about this book can be found on Apress book site, www.apress.com/9781430231356.

Pro CSS for High Traffic Websites

Apress has just released a book called “Pro CSS for High Traffic Websites”, written by by Antony KennedyInayaili de Leon (ISBN-13: 978-1-4302-3288-9 –  400pp ).

The book covers the development processes required to smoothly set up an easy-to-maintain CSS framework across a large-volume website and to keep the code reusable and modular. It also looks at the business challenges of keeping branding consistent across a major website and sustaining performance at a premium level through traffic spikes and across all browsers. Defensive coding is considered for sites with third-party code or advertising requirements. It also covers keeping CSS accessible for all viewers, and examines some advanced dynamic CSS techniques.

What you’ll learn from this book:

  • The value of process
  • Making reusable, robust, and modular CSS
  • How to maximize the performance of your site
  • Integrating with third parties
  • How to keep branding consistent
  • Best practices for cross-browser and accessible CSS
  • Dynamic CSS techniques

Who this book is for:

This book is for Web developers building and maintaining premium, successful, high-traffic websites using web standards. This book will also help team leaders responsible for code that will be shared over multiple projects, as well as project managers with a high churn of contract staff.

The Essential Guide to HTML5

Next month I will be reviewing The Essential Guide to HTML5: Using Games to learn HTML5 and JavaScript by FriendsOfEd. The review will be available on this site.

What you’ll learn from this book:

  • Use HTML5 and JavaScript to create interactive web sites
  • Program in JavaScript with the new HTML5 features
  • Draw on canvas and place text on the canvas
  • Create animated scenes using timing events
  • Handle mouse events for interaction with the user/player
  • Important concepts useful in any programming language/environment
  • HTML tags, canvas, Math.random, setInterval, setTimerout, addEventListener, Date, localStorage and other features

More information about this book can be found at http://friendsofed.com/book.html?isbn=1430233834