[development] Drupal Function Frequency Report?

Robert Middleswarth robert at middleswarth.net
Mon Jun 30 15:44:26 UTC 2008

I agree for the most part with Angela.  I started Piece mail learning 
drupal and just didn't get what Drupal was doing so at best I was copy 
and past code segments not understanding why they worked.  I read Pro 
Drupal Development and it helped some but I found that "Learning Drupal 
6 Module Development" layed it out how things worked together for me and 
taught me the basics and showed me real world ways of doing things 
something Pro Drupal Development didn't do.  Don't get me wrong I now 
reference both book and for something Pro Drupal Development is great 
but to me it is more a reference book for the most common commands then 
a good book to teach you the in's and out's of Drupal.


Angela Byron wrote:
> Marjorie Roswell wrote:
>> Seriously, would love to basically tackle this learning curve in a
>> logical way, based on how often something appears in code, ideally in
>> both core and contrib, combned.
> Honestly, the best way to tackle the Drupal development learning curve 
> is just to shell out 30 smackers for Pro Drupal Development (use the 
> "Buy" link at http://www.drupalbook.com/; the Drupal Association gets 
> a little bit of a cut).
> Trying to learn functions piecemeal like that is going to leave you 
> with a bit of a "swiss cheese" understanding of how things fit 
> together, and further frustration as you go along. PDD is great 
> because it guides you "top down" through all of Drupal's various 
> sub-systems. I'd been developing with Drupal heavily for over 2 years 
> when I first read it and it still managed to cement a bunch of 
> fundamentals for me and really help me see how everything fit together.
> The one caveat is that there's a 2nd edition due out in late August on 
> Drupal 6. So you'll probably end up re-buying the book again in the 
> fall if you buy it now. However, my guess is that if you could cut the 
> time spent suffering the Drupal learning curve by 1000 hours, you can 
> probably make that $30 up in a quick dash of client work real soon. ;)
> Also, I've not had a chance to really sit down and read it yet, but in 
> paging through, the book "Learning Drupal 6 Module Development" looks 
> like it would be a good second book to pick up once you get the 
> concepts in PDD down and want to start actually building things.
> -Angie

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