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  • Michael Krakovskiy 5:19 am on July 28, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , John VanDyk, Matt Westgate, php, PHP programmer, , Wiki software   

    Pro Drupal Development 

    Pro Drupal Development is strongly recommended for any PHP programmer who wants a truly in-depth look at how Drupal works and how to make the most of it.

    — Michael J. Ross, Web developer/Slashdot contributor

    Drupal is one of the most popular content management systems in use today. With it, you can create a variety of community-driven sites, including blogs, forums, wiki-style sites, and much more. Pro Drupal Development was written to arm you with knowledge to customize your Drupal installation however you see fit. The book assumes that you already possess the knowledge to install and bring a standard installation online. Then authors John VanDyk and Matt Westgate delve into Drupal internals, showing you how to truly take advantage of its powerful architecture.

    Youll learn how to create your own modules, develop your own themes, and produce your own filters. You’ll learn the inner workings of each key part of Drupal, including user management, sessions, the node system, caching, and the various APIs available to you. Of course, your Drupal-powered site isnt effective until you can efficiently serve pages to your visitors. As such, the authors have included the information you need to optimize your Drupal installation to perform well under high-load situations. Also featured is information on Drupal security and best practices, as well as integration of Ajax and the internationalization of your Drupal web site. Simply put, if you are working with Drupal at all, then you need this book.

    • This book is written by Drupal core developers.
    • Drupal architecture and behavior are mapped out visually.
    • Common pitfalls are identified and addressed.
    • Chapters provide regular discussion and reference to why things work they way they do, not just how.
    • The front matter features a foreword by Dries Buytaert, Drupal founder.
     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 6:16 pm on March 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apache/MySQL administration, , , , , , , , php, Power Mac G5, , , , web dev   

    Lazyweb 

    Dear readers, I have a couple of things you could help me with..

    1) Do you know a cheap and usable alternative to godaddy.com? A service with even cheaper domain prices (it’s $10/year for a domain) and a reasonable user interface?

    2) I am still planning my switch to Mac – I am still using my Windows desktop and latptop at home and a Ubuntu desktop at work. Ubuntu is great for web dev, but at home I do need to connect to a lot of various peripherals that are basically unsupported in Ubuntu. Also, I like the pretty. Anyway, I am thinking of buying a G5 tower on eBay for about $1000. Hardware-wise it’s a dual processor machine similar to my dual Xeon Dell, but it was only $500 on eBay.. So, is this the best way of getting into Macing on the cheap? I don’t want to buy a Mac Mini because it cost an arm and a leg to add a second monitor.

    3) I already mentioned this, but does anybody know a good Linux sysadmin with Apache/MySQL administration skills who’s looking for a job (preferably with some php coding skills)? Let me know, k?

     
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