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ExpressionEngine 2: A Quick-Start Guide


In 2001, a musician-turned-programmer, Rick Ellis, needed a simple content management system (CMS) for a site he was developing for Nancy Sinatra. He pieced together some PHP as a way to learn the language. In the years since then, his simple, flexible solution evolved into ExpressionEngine, one of the most popular Web and blog CMS tools in use today.

In January 2010, ExpressionEngine 2.0.1 was released. As commercial, not-open-source software, ExpressionEngine attracts a user base of companies that require commercial-grade support backed by a corporation. This base has nurtured a community of developers who specialize in ExpressionEngine.

With the new release, those developers require training.

In the foreword to Ryan Irelan’s new book, ExpressionEngine 2: A Quick-Start Guide (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $34.95), Rick Ellis writes “I can think of no one more qualified to teach [ExpressionEngine] than Ryan Irelan. ...Ryan has distinguished himself as an educator and advocate of ExpressionEngine and as a member of our Professionals Network. He has touched thousands of people in our discussion forums, through his own ExpressionEngine online resources, and with his web clientele.”

Irelan’s book guides web developers to the functions, tricks, and best practices they’ll use the most—while saving the time many hackers waste on trial-and-error learning. Irelan, the publisher of EE Insider, a well-known news and information site for the ExpressionEngine community, writes, “You’ll get hands-on immediately: throughout the book you’ll build an entire website using ExpressionEngine and learn the main site-building techniques along the way.”

From installation to advanced functions, ExpressionEngine 2: A Quick-Start Guide uses a fully featured news site as a case study, teaching developers how to create templates, manage site files and assets, and optimize sites for thousands of visitors. Fully endorsed by the creator of ExpressionEngine, Irelan’s book should be a developer’s first step toward mastering this in-demand CMS.

About the Author

Ryan Irelan is the publisher of EE Insider, a well-known news and information site for the ExpressionEngine community. He’s also the creator of a wildly popular video training series on ExpressionEngine. In his spare time, Ryan is the production director of A List Apart Magazine, which is one of the most popular ExpressionEngine-powered sites on the web.

Book Information

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ExpressionEngine 2

A Quick-Start Guide

by Ryan Irelan

ISBN: 9781934356524, 250 pages, $34.95US, $43.95CA, 7.5×9.

Pragmatic Bookshelf Titles are distributed to bookstores internationally by O’Reilly Media.

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Sample chapters, table of contents, and more information is available on the book’s home page.

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