Learning Joomla

Regarding Joomla: Before I install & start playing with Joomla, can anyone recommend some reading (online or book) for someone who wants to learn JOOMLA who already knows Wordpress, PHP coding, MVC Framework, Web Apps, Linux command line, Servers, etc?
(I've never used Joomla, but a quick look over the Joomla books on Amazon didn't pop out any "Quick Start Joomla" type books that I could tell)
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Peter HartConnect With a Mentor Commented:
best is to install joomla without the test data  and play -  create pages, create menus and add module and plugins  change the theme a few times
I think the test data one is too much to take on straight away.
Prasadh BaapaatWeb Designer & DeveloperCommented:
Hi Bleggee,
check out these video tutorial on the Joomla official website


hope they are helpful to you.

Peter HartConnect With a Mentor Commented:
My advice would be to stay away from Joomla, :-)
But if you have to -   google/youtube :

  (and its best to look at all points as they all interact with each other)

1) setting up Menus to point to pages and how to  display dynamic pages (bit like WP posts page) and then millions of ways of configuring the layout

2) the difference between a plugin and a module and how to enable/disable them on pages

3) how templates work (like WP theme) and positions (where modules/plugins will be display on the page)

4) how modules and plugins interact with the template (position - where modules/plugins will be display on the page)

and then go around the around as they are all connected in the options sections.
bleggeeAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your input Peter. Curious about "staying away from Joomla" ... What do you suggest ... a different Content Mgmt System? Or some other option ?  Editible HTML5/CSS3 Templates?
Peter HartCommented:
haha - most of my old sites were in Joomla
1) they kept getting hacked, I'm not saying other CMS systems don't get hacked but Joomla has sooo many files and folders and  is nigh impossible to remove any hacked files - and you end up restoring a backup or a new installation (usually down to the demands of the hosting company before they remove any blocking

2) the interface is too complex for passing the content management over to the customer  (I prefer to produce a website/userguide and hand it over to the client to manage) and I found WordPress much better for my needs,
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