Building Online Communities with phpBB 2

This forum is now closed as part of retiring phpBB2.
Forum rules
READ: Board-Wide Rules and Regulations

This forum is now closed due to phpBB2.0 being retired.
Registered User
Posts: 2
Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2005 11:40 pm

Building Online Communities with phpBB 2

Post by twh3375 » Mon Mar 28, 2005 6:22 pm

Has anyone purchased the book Building Online Communities with phpBB 2? They have it for sale here:

I was wondering if it was helpful at all with creating mods. I'm a C++ software engineer who sorta knows PHP. Maybe the book would be too elementary for me. I was just looking for something that explains the architecture of phpbb, what the main files do, etc. I'm interested in writing a pretty hefty mod, and I don't want to waste a lot of time learning the architecture the hard way.

Also, what development environment do most PHP mod writers use? I typically just use Wordpad and then FTP the files to test them out. At one point, I was going to install Apache, PHP, & MySQL on my development machine, and then try developement with Dreamweaver, but it was quicker for me just to do what I needed with Wordpad and FTP my changes to my web server.

Registered User
Posts: 779
Joined: Sun May 05, 2002 5:32 pm
Location: Philadelphia

Post by juliekate » Wed Mar 30, 2005 7:37 pm

FWIW, I use It lets you open remote webfiles, tweak, and save back to the remote server without having to browse for anything. I really like it. Also has code hints and coloring which made my learning go muuuuch faster. You can also save your files on the webserver or locally as a Project and quickly navigate to them (paths intact) every time you open editplus.

Stay away from Wordpad - cruddy MS code injected at every turn and could corrupt the .php files.

There's a "Coding Standards" for phpbb file by Nate. Should be in your package of 2.0.13 under root/docs/ (both guidelines and standards).


Former Team Member
Posts: 1701
Joined: Mon Mar 10, 2003 9:42 pm
Location: Slovenia

Post by Swizec » Wed Mar 30, 2005 8:59 pm

Personally I use Kate (a hybrid between html-kit and notepad for linux), and as for the architecture, at first it seems really strange, but I got it figured out in one afternoon, it's really pretty much self explanatory if you know php well enough :p

User avatar
Registered User
Posts: 2472
Joined: Fri Jan 07, 2005 7:10 pm
Location: North Surrey

Post by noth » Fri Dec 30, 2005 10:26 am

Building Online Communities with phpBB 2 Image

A> first of all the price: £23* , I don't think I have ever paid so much for a book in my life and for that money, I was expecting a book 1000 pages wide not just 343 but still - it's not all doom and despondency

B> next, the foreword by Patrick O'Keefe himself, well Patrick not too long ago, was kind enough "to have me back" after a ban of 4 months from his phpBBHacks site. The fact that he considers banning issues at all, makes him a good guy in my book. So it was, that I was quite amazed to be reading his words, as the first page in the book.

Goodness knows what I would have written if I had been given the task of writing a foreword, but Patrick has done a good job alright, I enjoyed reading it and there's a whole load of truth there too! I liked the "Welcome" ending, gives a good feeling to the start of the book. And who else could have written the foreword anyway? Good choice I think.

C> Table of contents, well there's no doubt about it, it's detailed, but for me I went straight to the back of the book thinking "IS THERE AN INDEX?" Yep! There is - tons better than a contents I do believe and under D 'database backup and restore' my chosen subject in the phpBB2 mastermind, it just gets better

D> Introduction :As an experienced administrator myself, I enjoyed the Introduction, which describes enthusiastically what lays ahead for you in the coming pages. I was actually licking my lips thinking this is gonna be good

E> Chapters 1 - 5 covered topics that any administrator with a year's experience will know inside out. I certainly knew the whole lot - easy peasy - learnt nothing much there, BUT to a newbie admin this stuff is laid on the line very nicely. I just wish I had had that 2 years ago, would have been very handy indeed.

F> Chapters 6 - 7 Creating your own template? Creating your own MOD? Yikes - do me a favour? NO WAY!! But to have the chapters there at all, is great to delve into if you want to. Here is the guide to putting down your own template or MOD, it is something I would not be tempted to do, but makes the book very complete. The whole lot is here isn't it?!!

G> Chapter 8 Programming phpBB? hehe GREAT! Now this is something I want to know about, marvellous! Yeah BRING IT ON! and check out the "Creating the 'Hello phpBB World" script, this made me smile, now what does that remind me of? Errrrr computer programming? The first section where you learn print "Hello world". The parallel is there and it's a good start for sure.

H> Appendices: Some great information here, I knew most of it but it's nice to have it in the book

I> HIDDEN GEMS: I'm not saying ANYTHING but 3 or 4 times I'm reading through this book and all of a sudden "WHAT? I DIDN'T KNOW THAT!!" Really good stuff .... on a par with finding out about Ctrl and F5 (force new page) when you had no idea this existed, I'm not saying what, as it will probably spoil it BUT I can tell you the book has some very coooool info hidden away in those pages. I guess you could argue "well you can't know EVERYTHING about phpBB2, you are bound to come across some stuff you didn't know and are surprised about, no matter who you are!" Yep and that was definitely the case for me.

J> Finishing the book. At the end I was left wanting more. A great read, but over way too soon for me. Maybe because I knew so much of the material already, I got through it in quick time I don't know. Even so I found it a great read and will certainly read it again for sure.

Newbie admin? ESSENTIAL ITEM: GET IT NOW! Average ADMIN? A great reference book, get it for sure! Very experienced ADMIN? Hmmm have you got £23 you don't need? Or could you get the book at half the price? If so, get it anyway! Like somebody else said on the forums "I'd probably just get it so that I could just "have the book" - YEP me too!

* just one thing about the price, yep if you go to Amazon - you pay the whole £23 but go direct to the publisher and get it for a discount price £17

the whole book is ONLINE FREE at the publisher's website

User avatar
Former Team Member
Posts: 4761
Joined: Thu Mar 18, 2004 5:32 pm
Location: There and Back Again

Post by MHobbit » Fri Dec 30, 2005 3:43 pm

Please try not to bump old and dead topics.

Former phpBB MOD Team member
No private support is offered.
"There’s too many things to get done, and I’m running out of days..."


Return to “[2.0.x] MOD Writers Discussion”