Drupal is an increasingly popular open source framework for (1) developing websites, using community contributed modules, and (2) content management using plug-in modules, also community-contributed.
“The beauty of all of these modules,” says Drupal founder and project lead Dries Buytaert, in the foreword to Using Drupal, 2nd Edition, “is that they empower website builders to assemble rich and powerful websites quickly and easily without having to be a programmer.”
Using Drupal, 2nd Edition focuses on “Choosing and Configuring Modules to Build Dynamic Websites” using Drupal 7, “the latest version of this open source system.”
This newly updated how-to guide is aimed at developers who have at least some minimal experience with Drupal. But beginners can handle it, too. The writing is clear and concise, and the 467-page book has many hands-on exercises, screenshots, step-by-step lists, case studies, links to examples, and other useful and helpful information. The book is not recommended for developers seeking “hardcore, nitty-gritty details about Drupal’s API functions.”
The book’s how-to projects include building a job posting board, a photo gallery, an online store, a product review database and an event calendar.
Some big-name sites now use Drupal, including the White House, The Economist magazine, Sony BMG Records, Lifetime Television, and many others. But small businesses and individual users can put it to work, too. And this excellent book shows how.
— Si Dunn