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Drupal E-commerce with Ubercart 2.x

Unfortunately, this books is on my ‘not recommended’ list. It was published in 2010 so it’s quite out of date now, you really don’t want to be working with outdated versions of Drupal and Ubercart, and I’m actually not sure if you can still download them.

The Good News

Well, I don’t like to say anything at all if I can’t find at least one positive thing to say. Although outdated, for it’s time this book was actually quite thorough and did a good job of breaking the really technical aspects into a step-by-step process that I found pretty easy to follow. We have newer versions of both Drupal and Ubercart now, but not everything will have changed so a lot of this book is probably still relevant and might serve to cover some gaps you are finding in other books and online documentation.

The other nice part about this book is it’s coverage of other supporting modules that relate to Ubercart and can really take your e-commerce site to the next level. They talk about some popular modules that can handle things like building wish lists, offering coupon codes, and user product recommendations. Again, this book is a few years old now so some of the recommended modules might not be available anymore or the instructions might be slightly out of date but I think it’s worth a look.

The Bad News

Well, as we’ve already stated a couple times, this book is 4 years old which is like 100 in computer years. It was also written by two Greek Drupal developers, and while they definitely know their stuff when it comes to Drupal and Ubercart, sometimes their English is a bit off. To be fair, I used to teach English and it’s a confusing and muddled language. It’s not unintelligible by any means, just a bit funny sounding and superfluous at times.

It seems like this was not the be-all, end-all book for Drupal and Ubercart 4 years ago, and it still isn’t but unfortunately we have rather slim pickings on the subject.

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