rajuru, October 7, 2006 (view all comments by rajuru)
I am familiar with Mambo from long ago. But I did not go inside it as I thought it is complex & tough to manage.
Surprisingly, I won this book as the 3rd prize of programming contest of phpexperts group. I was happy to get this book though.
Started reading the book and it raised my interest to go inside of mambo. The lucid expression of the book increased my pleasure. The authors described each things ins & out. The first chapter Terms & Concepts removed my earlier misconception (including CMS) about Mambo .
The installation description of Mambo is amazing. Even a newbie who don’t have any idea about script installation, will enjoy this.
In the book the author explained each (even small) parts of Frontend, Backend of Mambo. There is explanation on using Mambo extensions with creating custom extensions. There is a chapter about Corporate Identity with template designing for creating your own design.
Like other books, this is not out of limitation. I felt lack of codes explation in Chapter 6::Corporate Identity & in Chapter 7 :: Your Own Program Extensions. This may result stuck for new web developers. Again, the price may seem to be little bit higher for some users.
But in a word, the book is “Fantastic”
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davydog, May 23, 2006 (view all comments by davydog)
Building Websites with Mambo: A step by step tutorial.
By Hagen Graf
Publish Date: August 2005
Illustrated. 252 pages. Packt Publishing. $39.99.
Review by David J. Myers
Mambo is an incredibly powerful and versatile open source web content management system (CMS). It comes straight "out of the box" with lots of goodies to get you started, like content syndication (RSS), ad management, online help, language packs, news manager, a WYSIWYG content editor and so on. But if a feature you want is missing--like a shopping cart, for instance--chances are you can get it by downloading one of the many freely-available extensions.
In recent years Mambo has gained widespread popularity across the globe. That's because Mambo (and its close cousin, Joomla) comes equipped with capabilities that equal or exceed those found in many proprietary content management systems, some costing as much as a small ransom. For this reason, among many others, Hagen Graf's "Building Websites with Mambo: A step by step tutorial" is a welcome addition to my expanding library of open source technology books.
My five-year stint as development manager for two separate proprietary CMS projects gave me a bit of a leg up when I began evaluating open source CMS packages earlier this year. Even so, I must admit my surprise to discover such a wide variety of free CMS applications, ranging in quality from dismal to near-excellent. After countless (often frustrating) hours of testing, Mambo emerged as the clear winner for the kind of general purpose CMS I sought. Not only did Mambo seem to consistently work "as advertised" (unlike so many others), it appeared to enjoy the most prolific base of developers, testers and users.
"Brilliant," I mused. "Now to march down to Powell's Technical Bookstore (Portland, Oregon's "temple of the geeks"), pick up a Mambo manual, and make myself a 'Mambo Master.'" Right. Blank stares greeted me as I queried Powell's employees as to which Mambo CMS book they could honestly recommend. One of them kindly consulted the store's database to discover that, indeed, a Mambo Open Source (MOS) guide did exist. And you'll read it in German, thank you. "Wunderbar," I moaned. Even though I'd lived in Germany for three years, the rigors of youthful sloth prevented me from learning German well enough to actually read it. Yet another little regret to add to my growing pile of psychic afflictions.
I quickly discovered that, although countless guides explain the workings of general-purpose free/open source software (FOSS), such as Linux, more specialized software--blogs, wikis, other CMS applications and so on--often required devotees to scrounge around the Internet for help. Yet curling up with a good software manual is sometimes just what the "doctor prescribes" in order to reach the next level of expertise with a particular technology. For precisely this reason I was overjoyed to discover the availability of Hagen Graf's book. Written in English, no less!
"Building Websites with Mambo" bills itself as "a fast paced tutorial" for developing a Mambo-equipped website, and it certainly is that. Written for "web developers, designers, webmasters, content editors and marketing professionals," "Building Websites with Mambo" covers a lot of turf with an easy-to-read, useful and pragmatic narrative. At times I wished for more detailed help with some of the administration functions. (I found Netshine Software's "Mambo Tutorial - Quick Start Guide," available as a downloadable PDF, a more useful guide for managing sections, categories and content items, for instance.) Overall, Graf's tutorial helped me with much I previously had only hazy familiarity with. For instance I found the segments covering mass mail, news feeds, polls and contact categories alone worth the book's asking price.
Overall I highly recommend "Building Websites with Mambo: A step by step tutorial." Particularly if you're a web designer/developer who has yet to experience the joy of equipping a website with a full-featured content management system, and turning static "brochureware" into a dynamic infohub. These days no business or organization has any excuse for failing to deploy a dynamic, content-rich website. Especially with such a powerful CMS like Mambo/Joomla freely available to all. And now folks who read in English have "Building Websites with Mambo" available as an excellent resource to help us get the most from Mambo Open Source.
David J. Myers directs Open Media Center, a grassroots media activist organization in Portland, Oregon. Dave earns a living running EvolvNet Consulting, an open source software consultancy also located in Portland.
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