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,

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