Drupal 6 Theming Cookbook - Review
I was pretty psyched to get a copy of Drupal 6 Theming Cookbook to review. It’s written by Karthik Kumar and published by Packt Publishing. So without further adieu, here are my thoughts. There is a statement on the first few introductory pages about assuming the reader is familiar with Drupal Installation and has a basic understanding of PHP. I was glad to see this as sometimes I’ve gotten books that are way beyond my capabilities and didn’t know it till 60 pages into it.
Who’s it for?
The is written to help Drupal developers and designers customize their site visually. Drupal does have a learning curve for designers so this book could be a great place to start. The layout and hierarchy of the calls to action throughout the book make it easy to follow. You can scan the books pages quickly to find the tutorial starting point. After you’ve stepped through the tutorial there are more callouts such as “How it works” and “There’s More”.
What’s in it?
The content overall is very helpful in going further than just using Drupal’s user interface to add, change and delete content and configuration. The chapter about Development and Debugging Tools (Ch5) gives the foundation for some solid investigate tools (namely the Devel module). I appreciated seeing chapters with descriptive titles. Sometimes I see tutorial books with chapter names filled with puns or a bad play on words (which does nothing for a reader scanning for a particular subject).