I’ve fought it for a long enough time, but I’m finally taming my dislike of Drupal. I’ll admit – its mostly because I’m now using it for what it is – a framework and not as a content management system. Now I seem to be growing as a Drupler. Fast-foward to a few weeks back: I was browsing about Amazon and came across Drupal 6 Social Networking. After reading the entire book in a few days, I felt it deserved a review.
Drupal 6 Social Networking is written to reach a wide audience – from programmers to content administrators, no matter the level of experience. It is authored by Michael Peacock of Peacock-Carter, a web developer from Newcastle, UK.
The book is broken down into 10 chapters, ranging from an introduction to drupal and social networks, installing drupal, using the framework to create the functionality desired, and even into web site promotion.
The highlights of this book is that is an easy read and is written for those that are not exactly sure of what certain features relate to in the system. For example, have you ever wondered what the full use of Taxonomy is in Drupal? Peacock has a casual writing style that gets directly to the point, accompanying his writing with on-point visual examples to add visual detail to his writing.
If you are new to the Drupal framework, this book will guide you from installation to project setup. If you are seasoned with the framework, but not exactly sure how to make the best of specific modules to get the performance / functionality you need, this book will enlighten you with which module to use and why to use it.
Overall, this is a worthy purchase that gets directly to what the title states – drupal 6 and social networking. This mean, you guessed it, Michael directly focuses on how drupal can be used to build a social network and he doesn’t slide off topic in doing so.
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