Remember how I predicted that 10 Drupal books would get published in 2008? Well, the first book showed up in the mail this morning.

Ric Shreves has written a Drupal 5 themes book. The book is published by Packt, who mailed me a handful of copies to give away at future Drupal events.

I don't have a design background but it looks like a good book that explains the workings of the Drupal theme system and Drupal's PHPTemplate enginge, that explains you how to build a theme, and that provides practical solutions to common problems during that process. If you are a hardcore developer, this book might not be for you.

More information, including a free chapter on how to work with theme engines, can be found at the publisher's website

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Book packt drupal5 themes
Book packt drupal5 themes
Book packt drupal5 themes

Comments

newnix (not verified):

It is a great pity that it is not available online.

dragonwize (not verified):

I received one of the first copies and will be posting a review soon on g.d.o

I have a few of my designers reading it as well and they are having those "ah ha" moments only a few chapters in so it is definitely good for those that use that right side of the brain more.

Luc Van Braekel (not verified):

I received my copy three weeks ago. There seem to be some differences, however. On my copy, the title is "Drupal 5 theming", on your copy it's "Drupal 5 themes". And where your copy is orange, mine shows yellow.

I guess I received a beta version of the book ;-)

artist.lupein (not verified):

Great news.

I've read dragonwize's review and it is pity that CCK and Views theming could not get into the book.

Made me think how hard is to write a book for Drupal. It develops so fast that author can not possibly write up to date book.

I'm going to order a copy anyways.

Anonymous (not verified):

What a shame that Drupal 6.0 came out just two months after the book did. I think I will hold off for the new book.

marc.robinsone (not verified):

You can find my not-so-techie review here.

I have stated a different set of criteria for the benefit of the light-hearted Drupal developers out there.

Over-all, I find this themes book very handy even though we have an online documentation. Either way, this brings more power to Drupal themers.

Cheers!