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Reviewing requirements

From: Drupal 6: Online Presentation of Data

Video: Reviewing requirements

Before we begin, let's make sure you have everything you need to take this course successfully. This course is designed for people who have at least a basic understanding of Drupal Administration. You should be able to download and install Drupal, create and modify content, create and modify content types so that you can go beyond the simple page and story that comes with Drupal. You should be able to work with blocks and block regions and finally you should be able to install and activate additional modules. We are going to be installing a lot of modules about a dozen of them during this course.

Reviewing requirements

Before we begin, let's make sure you have everything you need to take this course successfully. This course is designed for people who have at least a basic understanding of Drupal Administration. You should be able to download and install Drupal, create and modify content, create and modify content types so that you can go beyond the simple page and story that comes with Drupal. You should be able to work with blocks and block regions and finally you should be able to install and activate additional modules. We are going to be installing a lot of modules about a dozen of them during this course.

If you don't know how to do these things, first take a look through my other lynda.com course Drupal Essential Training. That will give you the skills that you need and then you can come back to this course. There is one other change in particular that you might have to make to your Drupal installation or more specifically to your MAMP or WAMP installation. By default WAMP gives PHP 2 megabytes of memory to play with, while MAMP gives it 8 megabytes. Both of those levels are woefully inadequate for the things we are going to do. That level should be increased to at least 32 megabytes.

Fortunately that's easy. All you have to do is change a line in the file named php.ini to read 32M. I'll show you how to do that on the Mac running MAMP right now and I'll tell you how to do that on Windows in just a moment. First go to your Applications folder. On the Mac that's easiest to do by holding down Shift and Command and then pressing the A key. Find MAMP there, you can just type MAM and it will jump right to it, and open that folder. Once you are in there, go to the conf folder and php5. And there is your php.ini file. Double-click on it and it's open.

The fastest way to find the memory setting is to do Command+F and then type in MEM and there it is. You see memory limit = 8M. I'm going to change that to 32M and I save. On WAMP it's even easier, just select the php.ini choice from the WAMP pop-up menu in the Icon tray in the bottom right corner of your screen. Because this course deals a lot with data, we'll first talk about the structure of Drupal's database. In our case that's going to be MySQL as seen through the program phpMyAdmin.

phpMyAdmin is extremely popular. So if you are working on a remote Drupal installation, you should see whether your Internet service provider has it already. Chances are very good that they do. If you are working on a local installation, that is on your laptop or desktop computer, phpMyAdmin is included in just about every version of MAMP, WAMP and LAMP available. For information on installing MAMP or WAMP see the videos on those subjects in Drupal Essential Training. There is one part of this course that you want to make absolutely sure you understand well and that's the part about backing up and restoring your database. A lot of what we are going to be doing here won't really affect your site's content directly just how it's presented. Still accidents do happen and a little caution goes a long way. So go back to Drupal Essential Training and watch the videos on backing up and restoring your database if you have any questions at all and then be sure to actually do those procedures once in a while.

This course is especially useful if you already have a Drupal site up and full of information that you want to bring out in interesting ways. But if not, don't worry. You can either add data as you go or you can import it from another source into your Drupal database. So, let's talk about getting that data into Drupal and then we can have fun moving it about and making it look as good as possible.

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Drupal 6: Online Presentation of Data

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  1. 12m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
    2. Reviewing requirements
      3m 35s
    3. Using the exercise files
      3m 11s
    4. Touring examples of data visualization
      4m 58s
  2. 27m 56s
    1. Planning data structure
      8m 26s
    2. Importing and manipulating data
      6m 40s
    3. Looking at Drupal's database
      6m 13s
    4. Deciding whether to store personal data as nodes or users
      6m 37s
  3. 1h 13m
    1. Understanding the Content Construction Kit (CCK)
      4m 57s
    2. Creating new content types with CCK
      7m 26s
    3. Hiding the Body field
      2m 46s
    4. Reflecting CCK field data in the Title field
      7m 28s
    5. Managing CCK field placement
      7m 34s
    6. Exploring CCK's other features
      8m 22s
    7. Using other CCK field types
      3m 25s
    8. Adding date information as a CCK field
      8m 43s
    9. Including images as CCK fields
      10m 23s
    10. Connecting content to existing nodes
      5m 58s
    11. Using taxonomies to categorize and group data
      5m 59s
  4. 53m 54s
    1. Understanding why views are useful
      6m 12s
    2. Using SimpleViews to create basic content views
      5m 49s
    3. Diving into the Views interface
      11m 16s
    4. Adding fields to a view
      7m 12s
    5. Understanding iconic controls in the Views interface
      7m 15s
    6. Surveying the Sort, Filter, and Field options in Views
      5m 40s
    7. Adding view displays as pages, blocks, and RSS feeds
      10m 30s
  5. 43m 34s
    1. Overriding default settings on view displays
      8m 56s
    2. Attaching more information to views
      10m 57s
    3. Improving view appearances with grid, list, and table formatting
      9m 20s
    4. Surveying other basic display settings in Views
      11m 3s
    5. Altering a view's appearance through CSS
      3m 18s
  6. 55m 8s
    1. Importing, exporting, and cloning views
      6m 9s
    2. Controlling access to views
      7m 19s
    3. Learning from built-in views
      5m 52s
    4. Creating views that aren't based on nodes
      10m 6s
    5. Extending views with arguments
      10m 17s
    6. Extending views with relationships
      7m 2s
    7. Going further with relationships
      8m 23s
  7. 46m 40s
    1. Understanding geographic data
      4m 26s
    2. Setting up the Location module
      16m 20s
    3. Entering geographic data with the Location module
      10m 10s
    4. Displaying basic maps with the GMap module
      6m 43s
    5. Integrating the GMap module with Views
      9m 1s
  8. 54m 21s
    1. Exporting data in tabular form
      11m 25s
    2. Planning with the calendar modules
      11m 31s
    3. Using the Charts module and Google Charts
      7m 11s
    4. Graphing data with Open Flash Chart
      4m 50s
    5. Making important data pop out with tag clouds
      7m 46s
    6. Putting it all together in an attractive package
      11m 38s
  9. 36s
    1. Conclusion
      36s

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