The book Drupal Rules how-to is a good way to getting started in using the Rules module. It contains a number of step-by-step instructions on how to set up various Rules configuration, and short explanations on how the configuration works. The book is really a how-to: If your ambitions is to understand how the Rules module works, rather than just using it, you'll have to do quite a bit of puzzling yourself. It should also be mentioned that the book contains some inacurracies, and there are even some bad practice being promoted. The most impressive feature of the book is its span: It will really show you Rules functionality from beginner to expert level.
- It's a good start for actually using Rules.
- It is very practical – concrete tasks being solved, and quite details step-by-step instructions with a lot of screenshots.
- The book covers both beginner Rules configuration, quite advanced configuration, and even some coding for the Rules module.
- The book is short (just over 50 pages).
- There is only one example per concept, which can make it rather difficult to grasp the underlying ideas.
- The author has confused some concepts in some examples. Also, some important points in Rules are left out, or are explained very briefly. (Rules Scheduler and the concept of loops, for example, are barely explained at all, and the feature of chained token replacement patterns is missing.)
- There are examples of bad practices in the book (such as using the PHP filter or calling the database without using the proper in-between functions).
- The book is short.
Who should buy this book?
- You who haven't used Rules yet, and would like to see what you can do with the module.
- You who have used Rules a bit, and would like to see how to make more of it – including writing code.
Drupal Rules how-to compared to some other resources for learning Rules
The Tiny Book of Rules explains concepts rather than examples, has more code examples, is more accurate, and is shorter.
Drupal Rules how-to has more examples and step-by-step instructions.
Learn the Rules framework is video-based, has more examples, covers more concepts, explains concepts as well as examples and is more accurate.
Drupal Rules how-to is a quicker to read, more to the point, has better English and is printed.
Rules Mastery training is video-based, has exercises (and solutions), covers more concepts and examples, and is more accurate.
Drupal Rules how-to is quicker to read, has better English and is printed.
The Rules chapter in Drupal 7 – the Essentials explains concepts rather than examples, covers more concepts, has exercises (and solutions) and is more accurate.
Drupal Rules how-to covers coding for Rules, is quicker to read and has better English than the printed version of Drupal 7 – the Essentials.