Tuesday, September 13, 2005 | News | Open Source
Fresh from winning the Best Open Source Solution at LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Francisco, Mambo is now receiving support from Packt Publishing as they release a book on the highly popular Content Management System (CMS).
Building Websites with Mambo is published just weeks after the announcement that Mambo beat off competition from the Mozilla Foundation's Firefox web browser, Linux Terminal Server Project and IBM's Derby project to win the award. The book, the first English language book on Mambo, has been greeted with acclaim from the community.
Mambo is a mature and fully featured Content Management System. First released in 2001, the system is now on release 4.5.x and is supported by an active and well organized open source development team and community. Mambo is both easy to use at the entry level for creating basic websites, whilst having the power and flexibility to support complex web applications.
The book begins by introducing Mambo and concepts behind content management. Then the installation of Mambo, and its supporting software [Apache/MySQL/PHP] is covered clearly and simply. Once the installation is up and running, a tour of Mambo, as it appears out of the box, is covered, giving readers an idea of what Mambo is capable of.
The book then goes on to building an application, using the essential features of Mambo. Once a base version of the site is up, the book explains how to change its appearance and feature set to suit particular requirements, including bringing it into line with an established corporate identity. Finally, if readers have the skill and the need, they can add their own extensions to Mambo.