Book review: Drupal 7 First Look
Drupal 7 First Look (by PACKT Publishing) came out right on time, just a about month before Drupal 7 release. At first I was a bit skeptical: how can you write about something which is not there yet. But to my pleasure and thanks somewhat coincidence (Drupal 7 was so overdue but stable enough for last few months) the book is quite up to date.
What I liked about the book, that it gives you a quick overview of important changes in Drupal core concepts, functionality and APIs compared to D6. Of course you could grab the majority of information gradually reading blogs, articles, forums or http://api.drupal.org but summarized change list gives a better assurance you won't overlook some important changes (aka: Oh, look, I didn't even think about that).
The book covers probably all aspects in fair amount of detail: Drupal installation and upgrade procedures, building and administering your website with new content types, fields, automatic image handling (imagecache) and much much more.
There is more programming oriented second part of the book. It covers changes in APIs for themes, database handling and Drupal development in general. With examples, descriptions etc.
Who is this book for? I'd recommend it to many advanced Drupal users, administrators and especially developers and themers who would like to upgrade from Drupal 6 to 7. All in all I was happy enough to skim it, as I would know much of what's in the book already, but also to read some new for me parts more attentively.
Disclaimer: the book was provided for review by PACT Publishing. Above is my sole opinion on the book which can not be considered as advertising of any kind.