When Tobias and I created the CMS book series for German publisher Hanser, we also wrote the first series title on Mambo/Joomla!. We afterwards sold the translation rights to Packt Publishing. They already had a Mambo book, but liked our material so they took the last two thirds of the book, translated it and thereby created "Mastering Mambo". From the book description:
Create attractive custom layouts for Mambo
Build multilingual, internationalised sites
Open an online store for your Mambo site, complete with support for gift coupons, automatic invoicing, and more
Turn your site into a community with discussion forums
Discover more of the available Mambo extensions and how to use them
Optimize your site for performance, search engines, security, and accessibility
Develop your own components, modules and Mambots
Master DOCMAN, the document manager for Mambo, to turn your Mambo site into a dynamic repository of shared documents and files
The book was written with Mambo (but the German edition was probably the first book ever to mention the Joomla! fork), but is compatible with Joomla!, as well. A special Joomla! edition is planned for early 2006.
Unfortunately, there is a slight problem: We got an odd number of copies, so there is one copy of the book up for grabs. In order to get it, you have to be the first person to send an email to wenz at php dot net and describe where the name of the Joomla! originates. The competition ends this Thursday, December 8, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. London time (here is a world clock). This is in about 30 minutes, so hurry up. Update: The book is gone! Congratulations to David Grant. Update: Forgot to mention: Get more information about the book in the Mambo Foundation podcast where I am interviewed and speak a bit about the book and CMS-related topics.
Just Won "Mastering Mambo"!
It's been a long time since I won anything in a competition, but that changed today when I won a copy of "Mastering Mambo"!
The prize was offered in a competition started by Christian Wenz, which asked from where the name Joomla! (the new name for Mamb