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emdoc March 16th, 2010 08:37 PM

Review
 
So, I've finished the book, and even went back through it to take notes. I have read a few other Joomla books, most notably Joomla for Dummies (actually a good basic book) and Barrie North's book whose title escapes me...

I like the practical approach of this book. It's kind of a more nuts and bolts, with an emphasis on business implications. For example, no-one else I've seen talks about ongoing maintenance, or all the business agreements to be made before the site is built.

I found the frequent references to "professional web designers" a bit annoying. We're talking Joomla here-- Open Source, for The People. There are a LOT of hobbyists out there. Yeah, our sites aren't perfect, but my church can't afford a "professional." A minor quibble...

Also disappointed with the support (so what else is new with a tech book...), evidenced by the fact I've posted 2/3 of the posts on this board. I will say I didn't find too many errors (rare for a book with some element of "code"), so the need for errrata isn't great.

Over all an above average book; one I will keep as a reference for now.

jen4web March 29th, 2010 11:12 AM

Thank you for your feedback!
 
Hi emdoc -- thank you so much for your feedback on the book.

My intended target audience for the book was, indeed, professional web designers. Remember that "professional" only means you are paid for what you do! It does not necessarily imply a level of expertise.

I am thrilled you're a hobbyist and found it useful.

I am sorry about the board support. When the book first came out, I checked in here a lot, but there were few posts. I got busy with other things -- who doesn't! -- and checked in here because of an email I received from someone.

I'm new to this, as this is my first book. I will check in more often for support.

Thanks again for your feedback!
Jen


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