Last updated July 13, 2012. Created on February 16, 2012.
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Generic Array Pager

With the following function, you can use the Drupal core pager with any array with only two lines of code.

 * An generic array pager for Drupal.
 * For Drupal 5 and 6, the default limit is 10. For Drupal 7 it is 9.
function pager_array_splice($data, $limit = 9, $element = 0) {
$pager_page_array, $pager_total, $pager_total_items;
$page = isset($_GET['page']) ? $_GET['page'] : '';

// Convert comma-separated $page to an array, used by other functions.
$pager_page_array = explode(',', $page);

// We calculate the total of pages as ceil(items / limit).
$pager_total_items[$element] = count($data);
$pager_total[$element] = ceil($pager_total_items[$element] / $limit);
$pager_page_array[$element] = max(0, min((int)$pager_page_array[$element], ((int)$pager_total[$element]) - 1));
array_slice($data, $pager_page_array[$element] * $limit, $limit, TRUE);

The usage is as simple as:

= '';
$tree = taxonomy_get_tree($vocab->vid);
$tree = pager_array_splice($tree, 5);
// Do something with the 5 terms
$output .= theme('pager', array('quantity' => 5));

Similar SOAP example (D7)

We will define two templates to format data on our listings: the page and the item.

The page is themed thru function because no format is going to be applied as listing format will be done thru Drupal item_list.

Each item will be formatted thru template item to allow themers to give format on a html template.

 * Implements hook_theme().
function page_soap_theme() {
$theme_hooks = array(
'page_soap_item' => array(
'template' => 'page_cine_item',
'variables' => array('image_raw' => NULL, 'title_raw' => NULL, 'trailer' => NULL, 'year' => NULL, 'teaser' => NULL, 'Id' => NULL,)
'page_soap' => array(
'render element' => 'element',

This is the funcion that gets XML data.

We use a function from to transform XML data into an array.

Data is saved on cache for performance.

The pager is initialize thru pager_default_initialize() function.

Data is formatted using custom theme page_soap and pager is added using Drupal standard theme pager.

function page_soap_arguments() {
// Seeks for information in cache
if ($cache = cache_get('listing')) {
$sx = $cache->data;
  else {
// If not in cache, gets external data
$sx = simpleXMLToArray(simplexml_load_file(''));
// Saves information in cache for 6 hours: 60x60x6
cache_set('listing', $sx, 'cache', time() + 21600);
// Gets number of records
$total = count($sx);
// Define items per page for paging
$num_per_page = 10;
// Initialize pager and gets current page
$page = pager_default_initialize($total, $num_per_page);
// Gets first record and last record to show       
$offset = ($page) * $num_per_page;
$last = ($offset + $num_per_page < $total)? $offset + $num_per_page : $total;
// Calls page_soap theme
$render_array = theme('page_soap', array('array_raw' => $sx, 'offset' => $offset, 'last' => $last));
// Calls Drupal standard pager theme and set 5 page links on pager
$render_array .= theme('pager', array('quantity' => 5));

In the template preprocess we manipulate raw variables to prepare them for the theme file page_soap_item.tpl.php.
We are themming the image with theme_image() and the link wih l() function
This gives themer flexibility on the output of each line.

 * Preprocess the page_soap_item theme hook.
 * Clear format for image and title, rest of variables stays the same.
 * Inputs: $image_raw, $title_raw, $trailer, $year, $teaser, $Id.
 * @see page_soap_item.tpl.php
function template_preprocess_page_soap_item(&$variables) {
$variables['title'] = utf8_decode($variables['title_raw']);
$variables['image'] = theme('image',
'path' => "" . $variables['image_raw'],
'alt' => $variables['title']));
$variables['link'] = l("Trailer",$trailer);

Theming in this case is done thru a function, because this theme is not themable. The theme just gives format to each line and format them with the standard Drupal theme item_list. Each line has been formated using page_soap_item.tpl.php.

 * Preprocess the page_soap theme hook.
 * Inputs: $array_raw.
function theme_page_soap(&$variables) {
// Creates an array to pass to theme item by item
$items = $variables['array_raw'];
$items[] = theme('page_cine_item', array(
'image_raw' => $items[$i]['Photo'],
'title_raw' => $items[$i]['Title'],
'trailer' => $items[$i]['Trailer'],
'year' => $items[$i]['Year'],
'teaser' => $items[$i]['Teaser'],
'Id' => $items[$i]['IdShow'],
// Calls drupal item_list
$render_array = theme('item_list', array('items' => $items, 'title' => t('Listig')));

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blasthaus’s picture

Thanks for this post, it helps a lot. I just wanted to point out that after trying the function you pointed to on for parsing the XML, it does not work with attributes very well in the form of <tag id="something">value</tag> and will throw an error when there is just a flat value within a tag with attributes. I am using this instead which deals with attributes correctly.

$sx = @json_decode(@json_encode(simplexml_load_string('')),1); and I didn't test it but I'll bet much quicker.