Yesterday I picked up a book at Borders bookstore in Edinburgh. Actually, I went further than that: I also took it to the cashier and paid for it. It’s mine now. I got to take it home, and everything™!
The book was (and still is) Joomla! A User’s Guide: Building a Successful Joomla! Powered Website by Barrie M. North.
I’m only on chapter 4 at the moment, learning about creating content but already I’m discovering that this is a rather good book.
The thing that gets me about alot of CMS books is that they don’t take the time to explain the concepts behind how the CMS organises itself (content, taxonomies, categories, sections, articles, posts, pages, etc.).
What I really want to know when I approach a new CMS is: how does it think? how does it all fit together? because a lot of CMSs operate with very different models, and it’s not always clear how to translate your understanding of one CMS onto another. It doesn’t always work like that.
This is — so far — a very clear book that takes the time to explain these basics very well, and with plently of real-life examples.
There’s an accompanying website too: Joomlabook.com.