Pro Drupal 7 Development (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/12/29
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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
John K. VanDyk has been a Drupal developer since 2004. In 2005, he organized the first Drupal conference in Antwerp, Belgium, with Drupal founder Dries Buytaert. John has contributed several modules to Drupal including the actions, workflow, publish, subscribe, and pubcookie modules and has been instrumental in the design of Drupal's Content Construction Kit. John's day job is as an entomology professor and systems analyst at Iowa State University, where he teaches undergraduate courses about insects. In his spare time, when not hacking on Drupal, John enjoys squash hunting and raising children.
The code examples are full of errors, but there is no errata:[...]
Apparently, Apress lost all the submitted errata information because of no backup.
I honestly don't understand how a book like this can pass through a process of technical review, and even get the recommendations of Dries Buytaert in the foreword. I love Drupal, but this book is going to be bad for the community. I really think Apress owes us a revised edition.
I would definitely not recommend this book to anyone already owning the second edition. Instead buy "Drupal 7 module Development". It is not an easy read, but at least it is up-to-date.
First of all: For a development book, there are just too many coding mistakes in the code printed. The authors provide an online errata ([...]), but even that directory of errors doesn't cover everything. Unfortunately, only the code examples for the first 2 chapters are available online, so the only option to get the code running is typing it in. With 50 conceptual code errors (and counting), that process is very frustrating as it's unclear why a certain piece of code isn't working correctly.
Drupal 7 provides a number of exciting conceptual changes, but rather than explaining what these changes mean for a programmer, the authors merely updated the chapters from the 2nd edition without revising the structure of each chapter. In some cases, the documentation in the code still refers to the the code in the 2nd edition.
I purchased this book before it was released, as it was the de-facto standard developer book for Drupal 6. For the 3rd edition, I wish the publisher and technical reviewers would have spent more time before putting this book on the market.
The specific example I'm writing about is on page 349 and refers to viewing content by taxonomy term. The functionality to use AND and OR operators in taxonomy URLs has been removed from Drupal 7, yet there is a whole page about it in this book, cut and pasted directly from the Drupal 6 book. It's enough to make you want your money back!