Drupal 8 Module Development

Sub-title: 
Create and design your own modules and websites from scratch with Drupal 8
Authors: 
Publisher: 
Packt Publishing
Publication date: 
2014-11
Page count: 
468
ISBN-13: 
978-1782168775

What you will learn from this book

  • Build your own modules extending Drupal's core functionality
  • Create custom Blocks, Fields, Entities, and more
  • Learn how to work with Drupal's hook system
  • Explore the major APIs and libraries introduced in Drupal 8 to build successful Drupal websites
  • Familiarize yourself with Drupal’s Theming layer and template engine
  • Test your code programmatically with Drupal's Simple Test framework
  • Develop interactive form-based tools with Drupal's Forms API

In Detail

Drupal 8 is a free, open source content management system primarily used for the development and management of websites. Comparing it with its predecessor, Drupal 7, Drupal 8 introduces a number of huge architectural changes geared towards better usability, development experience, and cross-platform support, making it the most versatile and flexible open source CMS in the world.

Starting with the basic technologies that drive Drupal, this book will walk you through the architecture of Drupal 8 and its main subsystems and explain how to use its APIs to build your own custom modules.

It also delves into the concepts of Symfony 2 and its basic components that are used in Drupal 8. It will help you venture into the domain of admin interface designing, plugins, and views newly introduced in this version of Drupal. It will also enable you to gain valuable insights on the changes in JavaScript and the updated command names.

It then rounds off by giving you an overview of the module porting process and the concept of Profile Installation.

Approach

An easy-to-follow yet comprehensive guide full of illustrations, code snippets, and tips with detailed, step-by-step explanations of all the topics to demonstrate Drupal 8’s built-in features and APIs.

Who this book is for

This book is for all Drupal and PHP developers who wish to learn how to develop and customize their own modules to suit their needs and requirements.

Responsive Theming for Drupal

Sub-title: 
Making Your Site Look Good on Any Device
Authors: 
Publisher: 
O'Reilly Media
Publication date: 
2014-02
Page count: 
78
ISBN-13: 
978-1449373313

If you want your Drupal website to work well on smartphones, tablets, and desktops, this practical guide shows you how to incorporate Responsive Web Design (RWD) with specific Drupal 7 themes. You’ll learn how to create attractive, easy-to-navigate layouts for everything from tiny phone screens to 30-inch desktop monitors—all with the same codebase.

Ideal for experienced Drupal developers, this book takes you through RWD basics and shows you how to build sites based on Aurora, Zen, and Omega—three popular base themes created by Drupal contributors. Whether you’re creating a new site with RWD or adapting an existing one, you’ll learn how to become a better, more efficient Drupal themer.

  • Understand how Responsive Web Design and CSS media queries work
  • Learn how the Sass stylesheet language and Compass framework support RWD
  • Adopt a mobile-first approach to RWD—and learn why it’s important
  • Get step-by-step instructions for creating custom subthemes on top of Aurora, Zen, and Omega
  • Tackle common problems when building and theming responsive Drupal sites
  • Explore alternative options for accommodating smartphone and tablet users

Instant Premium Drupal Themes

Sub-title: 
Learn how to create visually stunning themes to add the wow factor to all of your Drupal sites!
Authors: 
Publisher: 
Packt Publishing
Publication date: 
2013-10
Page count: 
40
ISBN-13: 
978-1783281756

What you will learn from this book

  • Understand Drupal theme structure and terminology
  • Configure raw HTML in a Drupal environment
  • Populate Drupal themes with dynamic content
  • Learn how to customize the search result page and how to add regions to your home page
  • Discover the best practices and conventions of using Drupal to speed up your development

In Detail

Drupal’s theme layer, and the themes that use it, are responsible for the look and feel of a Drupal web site. Themes have the final say and ultimate control over almost every aspect of each page. Good themes consist of all the same elements that you would find on any reputable web site, including standards-compliant XHTML markup, CSS, and JavaScript. How it all comes together is what is so special and what makes Drupal themes so flexible and powerful.

Premium Drupal Themes is a practical, hands-on guide filled with clear, step-by-step examples which shows you how to create Drupal themes using HTML. This book will show you the best practices and conventions that you should adopt and utilize so you can change the way Drupal looks using HTML without wasting energy digging through Drupal’s code.

Starting with the essentials including Drupal terminology and Drupal theme structures, this book will show you how to configure raw HTML in a Drupal environment. You will learn about the Drupal template variables and also how to populate a Drupal theme with dynamic content. You will also discover how to customize the search result page and how to add regions to your home page. This book will help you familiarize yourself with the theme engines and will help you learn about the core of Drupal’s theme rendering system. Finally, you will learn how to create your very own Drupal theme that will take people’s breath away!

Approach

Filled with practical, step-by-step instructions and clear explanations for the most important and useful tasks. A step-by-step guide filled with recipes that will show you how to create your very own Drupal themes using HTML.

Who this book is for

This book is great for developers who are new to Drupal. It is assumed that you have some experience in HTML, PHP, and CSS. You’ll need a PHP (LAMP/WAMP) environment to install Drupal. It is also assumed that you know how to install Drupal. Some familiarity with CMS will be useful but is not essential.

High Performance Drupal

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Sub-title: 
Fast and Scalable Designs
Publisher: 
O'Reilly Media
Publication date: 
2013-10
Page count: 
264
ISBN-13: 
978-1449392611

How can you help your Drupal website continue to perform at the highest level as it grows to meet demand? This comprehensive guide provides best practices, examples, and in-depth explanations for solving several performance and scalability issues. You’ll learn how to apply coding and infrastructure techniques to Drupal internals, application performance, databases, web servers, and performance analysis.

Covering Drupal versions 7 and 8, this book is the ideal reference for everything from site deployment to implementing specific technologies such as Varnish, memcache, or Solr. If you have a basic understanding of Drupal and the Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP (LAMP) stack, you’re ready to get started.

  • Establish a performance baseline and define goals for improvement
  • Optimize your website’s code and front-end performance
  • Get best and worst practices for customizing Drupal core functionality
  • Apply infrastructure design techniques to launch or expand a site
  • Use tools to configure, monitor, and optimize MySQL performance
  • Employ alternative storage and backend search options as your site grows
  • Tune your web servers through httpd and PHP configuration
  • Monitor services and perform load tests to catch problems before they become critical

Pro Drupal as an Enterprise Development Platform

Sub-title: 
Develop enterprise applications quickly and efficiently with Drupal
Authors: 

Jamie Kurtz, Thomas Besluau

Publisher: 
Apress
Publication date: 
2013-11
Page count: 
350
ISBN-13: 
978-1430260042

From the publisher's description:

In Pro Drupal as an Enterprise Development Platform authors Jamie Kurtz and Thomas Besluau explain how developers can save themselves time and money, and build their applications faster with fewer bugs by using the Drupal CMS as a foundation for their projects. The days when custom client applications were built entirely from scratch are over. Today, it makes business sense to use a flexible, highly scalable framework such as Drupal, Joomla or DotNetNuke as a foundation. This book focuses on why Drupal makes a particularly strong choice for the majority of developers.

With an unprecedented level of community support, tens of thousands of well-proven plug-ins and modules available for download, and advanced content management rules and configuration engines Drupal is flexible enough to provide a firm base upon which almost all enterprise application developers can build their own custom solutions.

As this book will make clear, it is no longer necessary for developers to write complex applications entirely from scratch for each of their clients. Instead,they should begin by using an enterprise-class CMS like Drupal to provide a robust foundation for them so that they can concentrate their time and skills into solving the business-specific problems of each individual client maximizing the value that they add to each assignment.

Start reading Drupal as an Enterprise Development Platform today to get your development team out of the trenches and back on track to delivering real-world business value.

What you’ll learn

  • Achieve a thorough understanding of how Drupal supports enterprise-grade application development. Find the answers to most common development, testing, deployment and maintance questions relating to large-scale deployment.
  • Read a comprehensive walk-through of the common business continuity, regulatory and security concerns that come with using Drupal as a development platform and how to address them effectively.
  • Walk-through real world examples of integrating Drupal into new or existing service-oriented architectures (SOA).
  • Be inspired as to the many and varied application build types that Drupal is easily able to support.
  • Get a head-start on your competition!

Who this book is for

This book is targeted at enterprise software developers, architects, and managers looking to increase productivity and reduce time to market on new services, applications, features, and bug fixes. Knowledge of PHP is not required.

Drupal 7 Media

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Sub-title: 
Integrate, implement and extend rich media resources such as images, videos, and audio on your Drupal 7 website
Authors: 
Publisher: 
Packt Publishing
Publication date: 
2013-07
Page count: 
260
ISBN-13: 
978-1849516082

What you will learn from this book

  • Set up a custom WYSIWYG profile and text format
  • Learn to manage and embed images in content, and create image galleries and albums
  • Manage and embed videos and audio playlists
  • Set up HTML5-based video and audio players and integrate with JavaScript libraries for native browser support
  • Enhance images with visual effects, and media content with multiple upload widgets, social ratings, watermark effects, and other community-contributed modules
  • Create an HTML5-based canvas drawing application
  • Build a responsive web design layout and semantic website with HTML5 and modern themes

In Detail

Integrating images, video, and audio content on a Drupal site requires knowledge of appropriate community modules, and an understanding of how to configure and connect them properly. With the power of up-to-date technologies such as HTML5, responsive web design, and the best modules available in Drupal's eco-system, we can create the best Drupal 7 media website.

Drupal 7 Media is a practical, hands-on guide that will introduce you to the basic structure of a Drupal site and guide you through the integration of images, videos, and audio content. Learn to leverage the most suitable community modules and up-to-date technology such as HTML5 to offer a great user experience through rich media content.

The book begins with a practical introduction to the basic Drupal building blocks. It then breaks down each media resource, and explores them in detail.

You will learn how to leverage Drupal’s community modules to implement support for images, videos, and audio content, along with the best practices for implementation. We will be mentioning ideas throughout the book, which you can extend upon and use to build your own web applications. We will explore HTML5 support for media resources, the semantic web, and responsive web design, which are key topics in modern web application development. We will then build upon this knowledge and add more functionality to our sample website, such as support for analytic charts and customizing images, all of which we will implement using our own custom modules.

You will learn everything you need to know about building, extending, and configuring a Drupal 7 media web application.

Approach

This is a practical, hands-on guide packed with examples that will help you build rich Drupal 7 media web applications.

Who this book is for

If you are a Drupal site builder and you wish to spice up your web applications with rich media content, then this book is for you. A basic understanding of HTML, JavaScript, and basic PHP module development in Drupal would be helpful, but is not necessary.

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