Drupal Development – A Look at Views

An important tool in any Drupal development is Views. Views is a powerful query builder for Drupal. It’s a module that lets you grab content from the database and present it to the user in specific ways that you need: lists, posts, galleries, reports, forum posts and more. While Views is a little more difficult to learn than most other Drupal modules, Views makes up for it by giving you the freedom to use any terms you want. The result far outweighs the cost in Drupal development.

For example, if users will be purchasing a product through your Drupal development website, and you would like to display the order information in a specific way (say, alphabetical or numberical order). You can do this Drupal development in Views but not with other modules (like the Taxonomy module), which presents the information in chronological order.

If you need to imply certain user permissions within your Drupal development project, setting ‘access all views’ in the user permissions will override all the permissions that you have within each view. It’s very important that you grant this carefully. You can also set views permissions by role, specific users, or alternatively by specific type of permission that a user has. This can be configured in each view.

Views provides many flexible possibilities in Drupal development. Version 2.x of the Views module provides a customized, flexible method for Drupal developers to control how lists and tables of almost any type of content are presented. Before the Views module was created, Drupal development programmers typically relied on hand-coding for most of these activities, especially in formatting taxonomy and tracker lists.

The Views tool is essentially a smart query builder that when given enough information, can build a proper query, execute it, and display the results as a page, block, or other format such as an RSS feed. This means that the possibilities for custom information and processes in Drupal development are spectacularly broad on both the front and back end of your Drupal website.