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Authors: Karthik Kumar. It is a well- rounded guide which will allow users to take full advantage of Drupal' s theming system. Under ordinary circumstances, this would be all that is needed.

Publisher: Packt Publishing. Drupal 7 version, so use the module search feature in the basic Drupal site. In Drupal 7 the theme and template layer can easily be over complicated, but this is the quickest and most effective way in my opinion to get. Master Drupal 8' s new Twig templating engine to create fun and fast. Drupal 7 theming cookbook. Drupal 7 Theming Cookbook. Drupal 8 Development Cookbook. The Drupal Cookbook for Beginners helps Drupal " newbies" by. The vast majority of readers will most likely skip this section as I did since Panels 2 wasn't that widely adopted.

Unfortunately, this means that most readers will miss the "variant" explanation. The explanation of "context" is even more baffling. Instead of describing it in his own words, the author simply repeats Earl Miles' definition and explanation from Earl's Angry Donuts blog without a reference and then swiftly moves into how to implement it in Panels.

As an experienced Drupal instructor, I've found that explaining what "context" is to both newbies and experienced developers in the Drupal sense requires significant discussion and often multiple examples.

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The aspect of the book that put it over the top for me is the lack of apparent understanding on the author's part on how to override node displays. Panels allow site administrators to override the default node display so that you can layout the various parts of a node title, body, tags, comment form, etc The author instructs the user to create a new panel then use context to create the override - for each individual node. I can only hope that the author was working with an early alpha- or beta-version of Panels 3 that didn't include this.

There are numerous cases in the book where the author describes a specific case that works for one particular node instead of the generic case that works for groups of nodes.

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I feel this does the reader a huge disservice. There is also the case of where I feel the author doesn't adequately grasp the fundamental concept behind Drupal's menu system. In one example, he adds the "Navigation" menu to a Panel pane. In the very next example, he modifies the Menu setting of the Panel to cause the "Navigation" menu to disappear. While this might work as a coincidence, the Panel's Menu setting is used to place a reference to the panel in Drupal's menu system - not for displaying a particular menu in a pane. The author does make a nice effort to discuss Drupal modules that leverage Panels OG Panels , Advanced Profile , and Views , to name a few , but unfortunately, these chapters are built on a weak foundation of previous concepts and examples.

As I said at the top of the article - writing a technical book isn't easy. Writing a technical book about Panels or Views, for that matter is a pretty steep hill to climb. This might explain why this is the first book to focus solely on Panels and there is only a single book that focuses on Views and a subset of Views at that! I love the idea of having a single reference book that focuses on Panels, and I was hoping this would be a book that I can use and that I can recommend to other developers and clients.

Unfortunately, it is not. If you're needing to learn how to use Panels, perhaps a better bet for now would be to dive into the Drupal documentation, user forums, and Drupal Planet articles until something with a more solid foundation is available. So rare, i Tweets about this link [ Yeah, totally agreed with your assessment of this book. I'm just now working my way through Panels, and the book is proving to be more hindrance than help. What a shame, since Packt usually does a nice job. Like most of my Drupal experience so far, it looks like the best method to learning Panels is to just jump in and start making mistakes.

Bookmark the permalink. Post a [ I can't rate it because I haven't read it, but I'm glad someone else is willing to give a book from Packt a negative review.

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Packt honestly churns out a lot of junk. It continues to amaze me how they get so much praise. They have had a couple of good books, when they use authors who have contributed a lot to the community. However, for the most part they use people who have contributed very little. Those people, not knowing a lot about Drupal, go and take most of their stuff from the drupal. For this book, take Bhavin Patel, user mindtrades on drupal. Then take the fiasco of their "Drupal 7" book.

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It was published in Sept, before there was even a beta release of Drupal 7. The author Dave Mercer has very little given back to Drupal, heck he doesn't he rank on certifiedtorock, and see Ill let the d. This is not to say they shouldn't be contributing, it's great to write books and try to get people on board, but I don't think it's helping the Drupal community to churn out half-assed books from non-experts. Why not talk to Earl Miles if you are going to write a book on panels merlinofchaos.

If you are going to write a book on Drupal 7, why not talk to Angie Byron webchick. Which, by the way, her book "Using Drupal" was leagues above Packt Publishing's offerings. Why not wait until there is enough material for a good book rather than churn one out right away.

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This especially irked me with "Drupal 6 Performance Tips" where they basically copy pasted pages from the drupal. Seriously, if you don't believe that go take a look at the book, over half of the book consists of how to install and set up Drupal. Does that sound like Performance Tips to you? I hope going forward that the greater Drupal community starts pushing back against this exploitation. Thanks for doing a great service to the Drupal community with this review.

The book so incensed me that I even thought of beginning a blog just to review this book. It's a shame that Packt ever allowed this book to be published. It deserves to be trashed. I have done technical writing myself and don't like to pull down the work of others, but this book is really quite bad.