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Building Websites With Mambo : A fast paced introductory tutorial [Paperback]

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This book is a fast paced tutorial to creating a website using Mambo. If you've never used Mambo, or even any web content management system before, then this book will walk you through each step in a friendly and accessible way. From installation, to initial set up and content entry and then on to customization for your own look and feel, this book will get you to a stable and working Mambo based web site fast. You don't have to be an experienced web developer or designer to get a great looking site with a full set of functions using this book and Mambo. This book will guide you through every step.

The book begins by introducing Mambo and concepts behind content management. Then the installation of Mambo, and its supporting software [Apache/MySQL/PHP] is covered clearly and simply. Once you have the installation up and running, we then take a tour of Mambo as it appears out of the box, to familiarize ourselves with how it works and what is what. As you take the tour, your own ideas for what you need in your new website begin to crystallise around what you can see Mambo is capable of.

We then build our web application, using the features of Mambo that are essential to our purpose. We try not to spend time on things that don't matter at this point. Once we have a base version of our site up, we then learn how to change its appearance and feature set to suit our particular requirements, including bringing it into line with an established corporate identity. At the end of the book we show how, if you have the skills and the need, you can add your own extensions to Mambo.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   227
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 7.4" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 27, 2005
Publisher   Packt Publishing
ISBN  1904811736  
ISBN13  9781904811732  

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More About Hagen Graf

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Hagen Graf was born in July 1964. Born and raised in Lower Saxony, Germany, his first contact with a computer was in the late seventies with a Radioshack TRS 80. As a salesperson, he organized his customers' data by programming suitable applications. This gave him a big advantage over other salesmen. With the intention of honing his skills, he joined evening courses in programming and became a programmer. Nowadays he works in his wife's consulting company as a trainer, consultant, and programmer (http: // Hagen Graf has published other books in German, about the Apache web server, about security problems in Windows XP, about Mambo, and about Drupal. Since 2001, he has been engaged in a nonprofit e-learning community called " e.V.," as well as in several national and international projects. All the projects are related to content management, community building, and harnessing the power of social software like wikis and weblogs. He chose Joomla! CMS because of its simplicity and easy-to-use administration. You can access and comment on his blog (http: //

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Reviews - What do customers think about Building Websites With Mambo : A fast paced introductory tutorial?

why bother?  Feb 23, 2006
I bought this book to research how to implement a new site on Mambo CMS. It basically was a copy of basic explanations that are on the mambo site, and only addressed the structure that is in place with default values on the test page. Why bother spending the money when all of the info is online? And why call it a tutorial, when it doesn't show you how to do anything, but rather just explains what each thing is supposed to do?

Also, and this is my fault for not thinking about it when I was buying, but 227 pages of computer book is not worth $40. Even if it were really good, which it's not.
Disaster  Jan 12, 2006
Bad points :
- No real structure
- Hardly any advice on why to use this or that function
- Most options not even explored (has the author ??)
- What is the use of including code with no explanation on how to use it and/or what it is for ?
- Expensive

Good points
- Gives some kind of an overview, but the time reading the book, one could have figgered that out by himself
- Explains some of the shortcomings of Mambo/Joomla

Conclusion :
This has been the worst book I have ever read, and I do not understand anyone that gives it a score higher than 3 stars.. Expect the 'great' reviews to be written by the author or friends of the author, I serious disagree with their view !
A book should encourage the reader not demotivate..
Next time the author writes the book, he better stays at one place and get focussed (and not travelling from place to place and connect to free wireless lans... as he introduces the book)

Spent your money on books that are worth it, definitely not this one !!!

Part tutorial, mostly users guide  Nov 21, 2005
I have not used a CMS before, other than WordPress (that I consider to be a light-weight and focused CMS) so I decided to give Mambo a whirl but not without the help of this book. Unlike some other reviewers, the subtitle of my copy reads "A step by step tutorial" and so I read the book with that in mind.

There are a couple of minor problems with the book. It was originally written in German and translated to English. The translation is not perfect and a couple of sentences required rereading but this is a minor matter. The other problem is that one of the most useful tutorials is on how to install the German language module which, for a book that has been translated into English, doesn't make a lot of sense to keep. It would have been my wish to use this valuable space to provide other tutorials.

My review was focused on whether the book could help me download, install, set up, and use Mambo to build a Web site but unfortunately, it doesn't live up to my wishes. Some of the tutorials are good but for the most part, the largest chapter of the book reads more like a users guide than a tutorial and the last three chapters are for more advanced users.

Although the book does work as a decent users guide and it does appear to be better than Mambo's web site, this book could have had better tutorials.
Mambo is bigger than the title  Nov 18, 2005
If you have ever tried to build a web page for your own use or for a company, you know first hand that although it seems easy at first, it really isn't. A large number of technologies are involved, together with other extra-technological parameters like psychology, marketing, color theory, etc. The situation becomes a real nightmare when you have to build a website, an organized set of web pages, that interact between them and with the visitor. And what if you want to add extra features like document management, contact forms, sophisticated menu systems, to name a few? What if you want to make it have an elegant appearance that at the same time, must be easy to draw? What if you want to implement a mechanism that gives you the strength to modify content in an easy way? What if you want the changes to your navigation structure be reflected immediately on your menus?

You are asking too much! Or maybe not, since Mambo is here!

Mambo is one of the most sophisticated CMS in the market today. The good news is that is also free to use, because it is released under the GNU/GPL license.

"Building websites with Mambo" is a book by Hagen Graf and Packt Publishing that will guide you and introduce you to this magnificent CMS system.

The author is an experienced Mambo user and the book is based on his experience. It is aimed to someone who wants to go down and dirty right away with Mambo.

In chapter 2 you will be guided to install Mambo. Mambo can be installed on several environments, from Windows, to a dedicated Linux server. For sure, you will find instructions for your environment here.

In chapter 3, you will take a quick tour on the default view of Mambo: what you will see as a first time user. You will be introduced to terms that you will use every day. The illustrations help the reader understand the environment quickly.

Every CMS, and Mambo is no exception, has two views. The front end is what visitors see, and the back end from where you build and administer your website. Chapter 4 serves as an introduction to the back end environment. You are going to spend a lot of time here, so read carefully, and experiment with your Mambo. The author uses plain language to explain the new features. A large number of figures make the life of the reader easier. Chapter 4 is one of the largest in this book. After all back end is Mambo!

Mambo wouldn't be what it is today, if it hadn't a large number of 3Party extensions that expand its functionality. In this case Mambo serves as a framework for them. But this is technical jargon and probably you are not interested for it right now. Hagen Graf knows that, so in chapter 5 goes right into the point and introduces a number of the most popular plugins you will ever use with Mambo. Namely a forum, a calendar, a picture gallery, adding comments, creating multilingual pages and an online shop. You read well! You don't need a number of different applications to accomplish all that. You can do it all from Mambo!

Chapter 6 introduces one of the things that gives extremely power to Mambo, the templates. With templates you can alter the appearance of your site and you can do it in no time... Just select another template and your site has a new face. Simple as that! There is a huge number of free templates waiting for you to download and use. But if you want to build your own, then this chapter is written for you. Unfortunately you will learn only the basics. This is not a surprise, as the whole book, serves as an introduction.

In chapter 5 you used a number of extensions to add extra functionality to your site. In chapter 7 you will learn how to make your own extensions. The existence of this chapter is a pleasant surprise. You don't expect to find information for such a special subject in an introductory book. The info provided serves as a simple introduction to this huge area. I wonder if it could be otherwise. Building extensions for Mambo requires good knowledge of PHP and MySQL programming. It is not a subject that will ever bother the everyday user of Mambo. But if you really want to know how to do it, then be advised that the info is just introductory. Maybe a new title will be released, specializing into this area.

The overall impression from the book was good. The figures were a lot and explanatory, the language was simple, the info provided was targeting the new comers. I missed a couple of things. A step by step guide on how to build my first Mambo site and an in depth analysis of how to build extensions.

Despite that, I recommend this book to someone that wants to know Mambo and doesn't have the time to surf around trying to collect all this info.
Read it at the Bookstore first  Nov 2, 2005
A friend bought this and he raved about how it was the end all to Mambo knowledge. Of course I had to get...his copy and see for myself. I handed it back after 5 minutes never to want to hold it again. Like the guy below, if you need something to read while on the squatter, get it. Otherwise, download the mans into your PDA and read away.

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