Building job sites with Joomla!, written by Santonu Kumar Dhar. Here is our review and judgement.N.B. questa è la versione inglese del posto “Building job sites with Joomla!”, pubblicato due giorni fa su questo stesso blog. As said some weeks ago, we received from Packt Publishing a copy of the book
SubjectThe book reflects exactly what the title is talking about, that is building a job search/offer site with Joomla, using Jobs commercial component from InstantPHP. During site buiding, you can find a Joomla wide shot to make the book understandable for who’s not a Joomla expert. Moreover, last chapter is a bonus introducing SEO subject: how to optimize a Joomla site for search engines.
ReadersTarget of this book is really restricted. Actually, we’re not only talking about creating a job search/offer site, specialistic subject in itself; this book is particularly targeted to those who are not Joomla experts. In fact there’s a large tutorial part. Anyway, if you already know Joomla you can focus on the Jobs section, and if you are not interested in it, you can read this book as a case study of a specialistic Joomla site built with a specific extension.
EvaluationEvery time we face a book we try to immediately identify possible flaws. In this case, the main problem is the vast number of subjects: in the same book the author tries to introduce Joomla to beginners, teach using of a specific extension and explain SEO techniques. However the author find some accettable solutions. First of all, an extraordinary synthesis ability and a very good expressive clearness make every concept clear in a few lines, so that this books becomes a good tutorial for the CMS. Same thing for SEO. Moreover, Jobs component is presented in a complete and scientific way, creating a reference manual for all menus and functionalities, rather than a course based on practical experience.
ConclusionActually, we suggest this book, but for different reasons from those which pushed the author to write it. For Jobs extension users, this is a very good manual, useful for InstantPHP too, software original authors ( we hope they’ve sponsored it :-)) This is an excellent example of vertical site for Joomla beginners that shows how to easily build a site for a particular use, starting from zero and using Joomla with a specific extension. For who wants to learn a pragmatic experience in job search/offer site sector, instead, we suggest to look for it elsewhere. Here there is only a technical approach.