This book contains recipes which define common problems and provide suggested solutions. This is not a book to read from cover-to-cover, it is hands-on solutions book that takes a practical approach to recipes - providing code samples that can easily be extracted and modified to suit the needs of the reader. Each recipe is presented as a separate entity and prior reading of other recipes is not required. Chapters provide categorization of recipes and give an introduction to the subject area with reference to the recipes contained within. This book is for PHP developers who have experience of developing for Joomla! It does not introduce developing extensions for Joomla!, it is assumed that the reader has prior knowledge of the subject and is looking for a quick guide to solve common problems quickly which commonly occur when developing for Joomla! It does not matter if you are an accomplished Joomla! developer or just starting out. For each scenario that this book addresses, there is an introductory explanation of the problem and an easy to implement solution. For the more accomplished developers recipes also include a discussion of the solution explaining how it works and how it can be further enhanced or customized.
James Kennard is a computer programmer. He has worked with various PHP and MySQL applications, since 2002. He quickly discovered Mambo/Joomla! because of its flexible extension manager. James currently maintains one open-source Joomla! component, which has been translated into over fifteen languages. Moreover, he has plans to build two more open-source components. Examples of his work can be found on his personal website www.webamoeba.co.uk.