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Daniel Sipos
02 Nov 2017

If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been and why I haven’t been writing any articles lately, I am here to put your mind at ease: i’ve been working heavily on my first book about Drupal, called Drupal 8 Module Development. And I am happy to announce that it has finally been published and available for purchase.

Released by Packt Publishing, a leading publishing house for technical books in the Open Source world, my book is a comprehensive guide for developers new to Drupal 8. It aims to introduce you to module development starting from scratch but building up to complex functionalities. In doing so, you learn about all the fundamental subsystems and APIs available to work with in your Drupal module.

Drupal 8 Module Development

As you know, my website mainly focuses on Drupal knowledge via articles about tips and techniques, especially in Drupal 8 (most recently). So if you’ve been finding these helpful, I recommend checking out my book as it contains about 500 pages of great content aiming to help you ramp up your Drupal 8 module development skills. I appreciate each and every one who decides to give it a chance and I hope you find it as useful as I intended it to be.

Here is the list of chapters that will take you on the journey from starting a simple module to writing performant functionality using complex subsystems and APIs:

  • Chapter 1, * Developing for Drupal 8 *, provides an introduction to module development in Drupal 8. In doing so, it introduces the reader to the various subsystems and outlines the requirements for running a Drupal 8 application.
  • Chapter 2, * Creating Your First Module *, gets the ball rolling by creating the first Drupal 8 module of the book. Its main focus is to explore the most common things module developers need to know from the get-go.
  • Chapter 3, * Logging and Mailing *, is about the tools available for doing something every web- based application does and/or should be doing, that is, sending emails and logging events.
  • Chapter 4, * Theming *, presents the theme system from a module developer's perspective in Drupal 8.
  • Chapter 5, * Menus and Menu Links *, explores the world of menus in Drupal 8 and shows how to programmatically create and work with menu links.
  • Chapter 6, * ata Modeling and Storage *, looks at the various types of storage available in Drupal 8, from the state system to configuration and entities.
  • Chapter 7, * Your Own Custom Entity and Plugin Types *, takes a hands-on approach creating a custom configuration and content entity type, as well as custom plugin type to wire up a practical functional example.
  • Chapter 8, * The Database API *, presents the database abstraction layer and how we can work directly with data stored in custom tables.
  • Chapter 9, * Custom Fields *, exemplifies the creation of the three plugins necessary for creating a custom field that can be used on a Drupal 8 content entity type.
  • Chapter 10, * Access Control *, explores the world of access restrictions in Drupal 8, from roles and permissions to route and entity access checks.
  • Chapter 11, * Caching *, looks at the various cache mechanisms available for module developers to improve the performance of their functionality.
  • Chapter 12, * Javascript and the AJAX API *, introduces module developers to the specificities of writing JavaScript in Drupal 8, as well as the powerful AJAX system, which can be used to build advanced interactions.
  • Chapter 13, * Internationalization and Languages *, deals with the practices Drupal 8 module developers need to observe in order to ensure that the application can be properly translated.
  • Chapter 14, * Batches, Queues, and Cron *, explores the various ways module developers can structure their data processing tasks in a reliable way.
  • Chapter 15, * Views *, looks at the various ways module developers can programmatically interact with Views and even expose their own data to them.
  • Chapter 16, * Working with Files and Images *, explores the various file and image APIs that allow module developers to store, track, and manage files in Drupal 8.
  • Chapter 17, * Automated Testing *, explores the various types of automated test module developers can write for their Drupal 8 applications to ensure stable and resilient code.
  • Annex, *Drupal 8 Security *, recaps some of the main things module developers need to pay attention to for writing secure code in Drupal 8.

If you find something incorrect or out of place, please use the appropriate errata submission form mentioned in the book. And as always, feel free to drop comments below about the your thoughts on the book. Enjoy and thank you very much for purchasing my book!

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Daniel Sipos

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Danny founded WEBOMELETTE in 2012 as a passion project, mostly writing about Drupal problems he faced day to day, as well as about new technologies and things that he thought other developers would find useful. Now he now manages a team of developers and designers, delivering quality products that make businesses successful.

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Joris 02 Nov 2017 10:27


Congratulations on publishing your first book. I must unfortunately leave it to others to review ;-)

Matthieu SCARSET 02 Nov 2017 14:25

Bravo !

Great news and looks like a great book ! Congratulations!

Mike 03 Nov 2017 16:57


I've lurked on your blog for a year or so - took a peek and like the writing style for the book. I ended up buying it this morning. Looking forward to diving into it after work.

Jacques (xmacinfo) 03 Nov 2017 21:00

Thank you very much!

We did wait for this book for a long time. I am glad you took up the challenge.

Book ordered!

Pascal 06 Nov 2017 21:36

cannot order

Cannot order the paper version, buttons not working on Packt website...

Daniel Sipos 07 Nov 2017 17:12

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Hey there,

Hey there,

Sorry to hear that. I just tried and it seems to work. Maybe worth trying again. In any case, I mentioned this to them.

Thanks a lot!

lolandese 07 Nov 2017 10:31

Google books?

Will it become available through ? Other Packt books are, but this one is not visible yet through a search there.

I also want to express appreciation for all the articles on your website that provides a lot of goodwill for the book.

Tipi 07 Nov 2017 14:20

Purchased and loving it!

We purchased your book at TIP Solutions and discussed about it briefly. It is very thorough and enough stuff for beginners or advanced Drupal developer. Really good stuff!

Andrey 15 Nov 2017 08:14

Thank you

Thank you for this book. You are really have a talent to explain complex things in understandable words.

Alec Eiffel 02 Jan 2018 22:22

Great book thanks

First book that covers so much new Drupal 8 concepts and explains them clearly.
Two regrest :

  • This book should had been available for the Drupal 8 release.
  • Ebook version had a line-height so small that line overlaps on Kobo reader (well it's easy to fix)
Hunde 20 Apr 2018 18:07

Thank you

Thank you, You have no idea how many times you saved me. Congratulation and thank you from Ethiopia.
Loved the book.


Md Eqbal Ahmad 26 Aug 2018 16:59

Very nice book

It is one of the most comprehensive book on drupal 8 available in market. I purched it from amazon and found it very useful. But when I compare your easy blog articles, I found that the articles are more easy undestand language and examples yhan the same topic you covered in your book

Aless andro Nogueira Porto 23 Nov 2020 02:02

Parabéns Daniel pelo trabalho

Parabéns Daniel pelo trabalho realizado.
Vou tentar adquirir o livro para me aprofundar mais no Drupal. Obrigado!

Daniel Sipos 23 Nov 2020 22:29

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