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,

Excel 2007-2010 for staticians and scientists


When using Microsoft Excel 2007 or 2010 for statistics and scientific purposes I can recommend the following books:

  1. Microsoft® Excel® 2010 Inside Out (ISBN13: 9780735626881)
  2. Microsoft® Excel® 2010: Data Analysis and Business Modeling, Third Edition (ISBN13: 9780735643369)
  3. Microsoft® PowerPivot for Excel® 2010 (ISBN13: 0790145300546)

The first book introduces you from the basics into advanced functions of Excel.

The second book introduces data analysis and modelling tools. The examples are for commercial targets but you should be able to adapt them to your own needs.

The third book teaches you Pivot tables using the PowerPivot Add-in for complex projects.

Inkscape 0.48 Illustrator’s Cookbook review

As the title might suggest, this book is a cookbook about Inkscape version 0.48 written for illustrators. This book is published by Packt Publishing and falls in the categories: open-source, graphics, illustration, SVG and is one of Packt’s cookbook series.

As a fellow Inkscape-newbie and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) enthusiast I will be reviewing this book.

What`s the book about?

Inkscape is an open source vector graphics editor with features comparable to expensive software like  Adobe Illustrator, Fireworks and ColorDraw. Inkscape uses the W3C Scalable Vector Graphics file format. SVG can also be used on webpages and is fully incorporated into HTML 5 and is therefore a drawing technology of the near-future.

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Who is this book written for?

This book is written for people without experience with vector graphics design software and can also be used for people new to vector graphics (while moving away from Photoshop) and people who want to learn Inkscape.

This book is also for the intermediate users who want to improve their toolkit and increase their workflow.

To use this book you have to have Inkscape 0.48 installed as well as a text editor with programming functions. An installed version of Python is also recommended but not necessary.

Windows users could also use version of Inkscape.

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Pro CSS for High Traffic Websites book review

What`s the book about?

As the title suggest this book is about professional Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for high traffic websites (10.000+ visitors/day). This book guides you through the development process of optimizing codes for improved speed and how to handle large style sheets and interact with other teams and team members to  work more effective.

As a webmaster/webdesigner I`m giving a chance to review this book by Apress.

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