Book review: Drupal 7 Development by example

In the book 'Drupal 7 Development by Example', author Kurt Madel guides the reader through the process of building a Drupal 7 website. Step by step we are building an HTML5 interactive recipe website. The book covers setting up content types, using Views to list recipes and create blocks, integrating the Media module, HTML5 theming and enhancing the website markup with Microdata. Furthermore widely used modules such as Webform, Fivestar, Views Slideshow and Features are covered.

Book review: Drupal 7 Webform Cookbook

In the book "Drupal 7 Webform Cookbook" author Vernon Denny takes us on a journey through the various aspects concerning the popular Webform Drupal module. Readers of this book are shown step by step how to leverage the power of this module, and associated other contributed modules that extend its functionality, to create everything from simple contact forms to complex, multipage and conditional forms.

Book review: O'Reilly Javascript Cookbook

This book on Javascript follows the O'Reilly Cookbook series 'recipe' format, laying out a whole list of practical problems and tasks that (aspiring) Javascript developers are faced with, and provides the solution and background discussion needed to truly get the task done, and understand the reasoning behind it.

The first few chapters of the book start of by explaining the basics of the Javascript language, providing insights and tips around working with strings, numbers, arrays, loops, functions, events etc... A seasoned Javascript programmer will probably already be familiar with most of this functionality, but I found it interesting enough to keep on reading these 'basic' chapters, because the author gives a good background explanation and points to more obscure or browser-specific problems that arise when using these concepts.

Book review: OpenX Ad Server Beginner's Guide

I've been wanting to check out the OpenX Ad Server open source project for a while now, but have never gotten around to it. This weekend I finally decided to install it and see what it's all about. I noticed Packt Publishing has a book called "OpenX Ad Server: Beginner's Guide" that promises to guide me through building and maintaining an OpenX ad server, so I decided to get introduced to the project through this book.