The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7 review

With the release of Drupal 7.0 earlier this year (January 2010), a new time has come for the Drupal Community.

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Drupal is an open source PHP/SQL based content management system (CMS). As SQL database, popular engines as SQLite, MySQL and PostgreSQL can be chosen.

Since version 4 Drupal is one of the most used open source CMS platforms available.

Drupal can be compared to other popular PHP/SQL based CMS systems like Joomla, WordPress and XOOPS but has its own benefits.

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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,

Packt Publishing 2010 Open Source Awards Winners

The Packt Publishing Open Source Award 2010 winners are know known!

Open Source CMS

  1. Winner: CMS Made Simple
  2. 1st Runner up:  SilverStripe
  3. 2nd Runner up:  MODx

Hall of Fame CMS

  1. Winner: WordPress
  2. 1st Runner up:  Drupal
  3. 2nd Runner up:  Joomla!

Most Promising Open Source Project

Open Source E-Commerce Applications

  1. Winner: PrestaShop
  2. 1st Runner up: OpenCart
  3. 2nd Runner up: Tomato Cart  

Open Source Graphics Software

  1. Winner: Blender
  2. 1st Runner up: GIMP
  3. 2nd Runner up: Inkscape

Open Source JavaScript Libraries  

  1. Winner: jQuery
  2. 1st Runner up: Mootools and Raphaël

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