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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Drupal 7 Custom Module Development

Lynda – Drupal 7 Custom Module Development
Extend your Drupal 7 sites with custom modules, which allow you to create everything from admin interfaces to forms. Author Jon Peck describes how modules extend your base Drupal installation, then walks through how to write your own module with a practical example featuring geo-positioned alternative energy centers. The course also describes how to control access to site features, create new content types, build forms, understand data persistence, embrace coding standards, and much more.

Topics include:

  • Creating your first module
  • Interacting with hooks
  • Working with permissions and roles
  • Controlling access
  • Adding a menu item to an admin interface
  • Using the Form API (FAPI) to quickly create a form
  • Creating custom form validation
  • Manually creating a custom content type
  • Validating user input
  • Importing content using feeds
  • Creating a block
  • Understanding best practices and coding standards

Table of content

  • Introduction
    • Welcome
    • Using the exercise files
    • Understanding what you should know
  • Key Concepts
    • What are modules and why use them?
    • Creating your first module
    • Interacting with hooks
  • Creating an Administrative Interface
    • Working with permissions and roles
    • Creating a custom permission
    • Adding a menu item for an admin interface
    • Using the Form API (FAPI) to create a form quickly
    • Creating custom form validation
    • Handling successful form submissions and saving variables
    • Exploring best practices with variable persistence
  • Creating a New Content Type Programmatically
    • Introduction to content types
    • Creating a custom content type manually
    • Fleshing out a content type with fields
    • Validating user input for a content type
    • Removing a content type
  • Extending the Module Functionality
    • Importing content using feeds
    • Adding a Google Map using theming
    • Creating a block
  • Conclusion
    • Exploring best practices and coding standards
    • Next steps
    • Goodbye
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