As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm currently playing catch-up in discussing all the good books sent my way this past year. Many of the books have been sent by the authors and publishers themselves for review and some of the books I've bought on my own dime. There should be no further evidence that I'm a procrastinator in posting book reviews than this particular review of Todd Tomlinson and John K. Vandyke's Pro Drupal 7 Development. This book was published almost a year ago, and I'm only now finding the time to blog about this book.
While it has been close to a year since this book was published (about just as long since Drupal 7 was released), I marvel how relevant Pro Drupal 7 Development remains as a valuable resource to me. This book and its previous versions have saved my hide so many times that I have lost count. This book may have been sitting on my desk for a year but I assure you it hasn't been collecting dust.
If you're going to get any Drupal book in print this is the book you should get if you're going to do any development with Drupal or simply need to troubleshoot your way out of a Drupal related problem. I realize there are a lot of resources available online from the Drupal community that contains much of the same material found in this book. However, this book organizes the material in such a thoughtful manner that I find the looking up material via the book more efficient than seeing it out though online search.
Pro Drupal 7 Development updates the most popular development reference for the release of Drupal 7. With several new and completely-rewritten essential APIs and improvements in Drupal 7, this book will not only teach developers how to write modules ranging from simple to complex, but also how Drupal itself works.
- Learn the Drupal APIs and major changes in Drupal 7
- Learn how to write Drupal modules using the APIs
- Learn proper development practices and how to become a contributing community member
This book aims to teach you several things about Drupal development including:
So although Drupal 7 and this book have been around for a year, I still encourage you to buy Pro Drupal 7 Development if you don't already have it on your bookshelf. I of course am hoping we see a Pro Drupal 8 Development book when Drupal 8 is also ready to be released. I would be lost without my Pro Drupal Development book.
If you're interested in browsing for additional Drupal books, you should take a look at the fantastic list of books that have been compiled at Drupal.org.
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