Don't know where to start with Drupal 5? Confused about whether or not you are using Drupal to it fullest? Don't want to hands-on train the deodorant deficient newbie in the next cubicle? No worries, put your order in for the April 2007 release of Pro Drupal Development by John VanDyk and Matt Westgate.The first significant book covering all of the exciting new features of emerging Drupal v5 release of the popular open source web cms. Pro Drupal Development was written to arm you with the knowledge of how to customize your Drupal installation, however you see fit. The book assumes that you already possess the ability to install and bring a standard build of Drupal online. Then authors John VanDyk and Matt Westgate delve into Drupal internals, showing you how to take advantage of its powerful architecture.
You'll 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 isn't 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 management best practices, as well as integration of Ajax and the internationalization of your Drupal web site. Simply put, if you are working with Drupal, you need this ear-marked and well-worn on your CY 2007 geeky bookshelf.
The book is paperback, 375 pages long, published by Apress, and carries and ISBN of 1590597559. Expense it at Amazon for the low, low intro price of US$ 45.