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The Entity API.. A Drupal Devs Best Friend.

Ever need to build a content model with related child records? Want to build a Drupal based billing application? Need to model a educational site with master course records and child schedule records all in the same displays? Want to have lightning fast related content displays across 3 or 4 content types on the same page?

Entities are the key.

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  • Hector

    This month Jay Epstein (@jeppy64) shared his ingenious way of building Drupal sites with entities. It turned out to be one of the best presentations ever given at Broward Drupal going all the way back to April 2010. We even had one volunteer commit to creating a new site with what he learned and sharing it with the group at a future meetup.

    Jay's methodology is so innovative that it could be used as a foundation for building Drupal sites more quickly and efficiently. The base modules for this presentation are entity, entity reference and entity connect. Starting with the wireframe of the site, start creating the first entities as content types. Then, as the relationships in the wireframe dictate (e.g. many-to-one, one-to-one, etc.), add entity reference fields based on how the data will be displayed and create the corresponding view. This model for creating Drupal sites will improve performance and maintainability. Future meetups will continue discussing this approach.

    October 11, 2013

  • Michael

    The Meetup was great! I learned a new technique that I think will save me some time, and possibly make me some money. I'll be at the next one Jay.

    October 10, 2013

    • Jay

      Awesome Michael. Glad you enjoyed it. Look forward to seeing you in November!

      October 10, 2013

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