In this course we will explore the world of entities in Drupal 8 using the example of managing events as part of your Drupal site. While historically nodes and node types are used exclusively for all content management needs, Drupal 8 makes it very appealing to create new entity types that are custom-tailored to your specific use-case. By gluing together just the parts of functionality that you want, you can utilize all of Drupal’s power and flexibility for your custom entities with a minimal amount of code. In addition to being a great, practical addition to your toolbox for future Drupal projects, the ability to create your own entity types comes with a deep understanding of the Drupal 8 Entity API and its components.
At the end of the course participants will have gained an in-depth understanding of the Drupal 8 Entity API. On top of that they will have created a ready-to-use Event entity type that is highly integrated and benefits from all of Drupal's flexibilities - all with very few lines of code.
This course will answer the following questions:
- How is content stored in Drupal?
- What are entities?
- What are (and aren't) content entities?
- What are fields?
- How are entities translated?
On top of that the following topics will be covered as aspects relating to entities:
- Access control
Who will gain the most from this course?
People who answer any of the following questions with “yes”:
- Are you exhausted of Drupal sites with large amounts of node types with different custom logic attached to those node types scattered around in various hooks?
- Are you annoyed with nodes being used for content that shouldn’t actually be displayed on its own page?
- Do you want to explore using Drupal as a heavy-duty data storage system instead of a website toolkit?
- Are you intrigued by exploring the inner workings of Drupal's Entity API?
- Have you created (or tried to create) a custom entity type before in Drupal 7 (or 8)?
Prerequisites for this course
This course entails creating a Drupal module so familiarity with PHP programming and some experience with creating Drupal 7 or Drupal 8 modules is required. Some basic familiarity with Git and Drush is also required.
- A local Drupal 8 development site
It does not matter whether you run your local environment on Linux, Mac or Windows; it only matters that you can run Drupal 8 and that you can clone our example module on Github without problems.
Date: 26 September 2016
Time: 9:00 - 17:00
Cost: €553.50 early bird rate (through 26 August), €615 regular rate - includes lunch and coffee breaks
Training Company: Leap Digital
Trainers: Tobias Stöckler (tstoeckler), Jan Stöckler (janstoeckler) & Christian López Espínola (penyaskito)
Drupal Version: 8.x, 8.2x