Drupal Module Development
Learn to customize and extend Drupal’s features and functionality
This video is ginormous! Originally, we hoped we’d have two smaller videos with titles like “Module Development Basics” and “Advanced Module Development”, but they just wouldn’t hold up on their own. We didn’t want people to end up with only half the story, so we decided to just create one massive comprehensive video with everything you need to know to create Drupal modules of your own. The result is “Drupal Module Building”, the first Lullabot double-album – 5 hours and 10 minutes of action-packed PHP coding, Drupal hooks, and Form API arrays. After watching this video, you’ll be a module building ninja, ready to customize and extend Drupal and bend it to your will!
In this video, James Walker, Jeff Eaton and Matt Westgate walk you through everything you need to know in order to build, extend and contribute a Drupal module. Starting with some of the essential development tools, they’ll show you how to use the Drupal API reference material and explain all of Drupal’s major conceptual systems. After creating the proper files to register the module, they’ll implement a few Drupal hooks that plug into Drupal’s event-driven architecture. You’ll learn how to register both static and dynamic URLs with Drupal’s menu system. Then you’ll get an introduction to Drupal’s database abstraction layer, how to select and insert data from it, and how to update the database schema. You’ll learn to securely capture and sanitize user-submitted data with the Forms API, as well as how to properly alter any other Drupal form on your site. Finally, you’ll learn how to write secure code, conform to Drupal’s coding standards, and how to contribute your module back to Drupal.org and apply patches provided by the community.
Over the course of this video, the team builds the Stalker Module, so head on over and download that module if you’d like to be able to open the example code and “play along at home”.
Full chapter listing:
- Module Development Tools
- Devel Module
- Drupal API Reference
- A Tour of Drupal Files
- Drupal Hooks & Permissions
- Implementing hook_user()
- Integrating with the Theme System
- Integrating with the Menu System
- Using Dynamic Menu Arguments
- Introduction to the Database Layer
- Inserting Data into the Database
- Updating the Database Schema
- Forms API Overview
- Creating a Drupal Form
- Altering Drupal Forms
- Writing Secure Code
- Contributing Code Back to Drupal
- Coding Standards & Applying Patches
- Other Notable Drupal Hooks
Examples in the video are based on Drupal 6, however the basic logic and concepts of Drupal module development do not change much between versions. This video will give you the base knowledge needed to develop for both Drupal 6 and 7.
Watching the new 5 hour Lullabot Drupal Module Development video. Why can’t everything be this awesome? – Lori
Lullabot has guided such companies as MTV, Sony Music, Lifetime Television, IBM, Popular Science, and Fast Company in building and growing their Drupal websites. Recognized as some of the most influential and well-respected developers, consultants, and educators in the Drupal community, the team is responsible for best-selling Drupal books and Drupal workshops and seminars worldwide.
Produced by Jeff Robbins. Directed and edited by Kent Bye.
Shot in widescreen format
Total running time: 5 hours, 10 minutes
Download size: 3.1 GB (2 video files)