If you have anything to do with e-commerce, chances are you have heard of Magento, the open-source e-commerce solution. Whilst it’s a very powerful solution, it’s also difficult to find conclusive documentation on it. Things have improved significantly of late with downloadable PDF’s like the Magento designer’s guide. However, Packt publishing sent a couple of titles my way recently that are worth checking out.

The first is Magento 1.4 Themes design by Richard Carter and the other is Magento 1.4 Development Cookbook by Nurul Ferdous. The former is more up my street, focused more on the front-end development. There were parts that I felt could be improved significantly. Namely, the section on XML and how to control structure in a Magento theme; I found this was explained far better in the Designer’s guide (a free resource). I also didn’t see the point of explaining how to change Magento elements with CSS as chances are, if you’re theming Magento, you have a pretty good idea of what can be done with CSS anyway.

However, as a primer to Magento, it’s well worth checking out. It’ll take you from download to a set-up store with a few good lessons along the way. If you head over to the Packt website you can also check out the free sample chapters to see if it’s for you…