Description: Learn how to get custom functionality using Drupal's hook system, as well as how to extend or alter contributed module functionality. Participants in this course will have used CCK, Views and Panels to create websites but have never built their own module. Participants will start writing a simple module to writing a complex module, step by step which uses Forms API, Schema API, all of the top ten Drupal hooks, creates custom database tables.
The best programmers are lazy programmers. Drupal, more than many other systems holds that maxim to be true. Why do lazy programmers have an advantage?
Drupal is not a traditional software framework. It is a framework, but it is a community first and a framework second. There are over ten thousand existing modules to choose from and thousands more blog posts and online resources to copy code from. Add to that a thriving community on IRC channels, forums and commercial support companies like Acquia and there are many ways to find solutions. The last thing you should resort to is writing custom code.
Custom code is expensive to maintain, risky to a project and creates a dependency on the people who wrote it. So while it is necessary to write some code on the vast majority of large Drupal sites, strive to practice configuration before coding. You can accomplish a lot just by picking the right modules and configuring them to suit your needs.
Objectives: Understand Drupal's hook system and development architecture
Articulate the construction of 90% of Drupal modules
Insert and extract data using Drupal's core database abstraction layer.
Responsibly modify contributed modules using patches.
Employ and articulate best practices, security techniques, conventions and coding standards
Required Skills: PHP & Drupal management
When & Where
NxtTeam , Inc.
NxtTeam, Inc. has been in the training and consulting business since 1991. We provide training and consulting services in a wide range of platforms. We are a proud partner of Acquia, Inc. and deliver their authorized Drupal curriculum.