First of all this book is short (50 pages), quick and easy to read. Don’t misunderstand me, for me this is a big plus: Magento is a big universe and for me it’s better to have more specialized books instead of one big book covering everything (which is actually impossible).
Performance are also a big trouble for everyone who works with Magento so anyway this book is a little investment for a nice and complete (also if not very deep) reading (but also a practical manual) on Magento performance overview.
I’d rate this book 7.5/10, as an advanced developer I would have liked more advanced details but probably this should have gone beyond the scope of the book itself so at the end… it’s totally worth its money and most of all it’s a good read for all the kind of Magento workers, from designers to coders to system managers.
I just received the Mastering Magento ebook from Packt a few hours ago, I’m really out of time in these weeks but I wanted to share a couple of thoughts from the first look at this book.
If you’re a Magento developer, than get it, from a really quick view (I’m gonna review it later) I think I’ll buy the printed copy to keep on my desk, as a senior Magento developer I already know most of the things writting in the book but it is really well written, full of useful information and it will become helpful when you’ve to do something quick but you don’t remenber exactly how to do it or a particular meaning of a Magento terminology.
It seems to cover all the main areas and it has a really lifesaver section which is the pre-launch checklist.
Also very useful if you’re teaching a junior developer/designer and you need a deeper introduction to Magento (this book is not for who didn’t see Magento before in his life).
Another thing I think, it could be easily split in 2 version cause the introduction says that the book is intended for developers and store owners but I think that store owners should not be bothered with all the dev stuff, anyway part of the book would be really perfect to be given to store owners saying “hey this is the Magento manual” :-)
In the last months we had problems with the past infrastructure, our mediawiki was heavily attacked and become useless and SourceForge’s bugtracker was completely destroyed by spam. So I took the suggestion of one of our followers to rethink about everything and give it a spin:
The SF’s news system was disabled, the official P4A news will be published on this blog (subscribe p4a’s tag RSS to be updated)
The p4a.sf.net page has been updated with the new links.
The forum system is still on SourceForge, I didn’t find a way to migrate it somewhere else but it didn’t have any bad troubles in the past so it should be ok to keep it on SourceForge at the moment, what do you think?
That should be all for now, thank you everyone and I hope we’ll see much more movement around P4A in the future!