Drupal 7: Reporting and Visualizing Data
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Video: An entertainment company

The last two sites we looked at were pretty low budget, that's fine I'm guessing that very few people watching this video have enormous budgets for their own web site projects. But now let's see how data visualization fits into a site that spent a lot of money and time on making their graphics pop. For this, I chose the site of one of the most visually rich properties around, the Star Wars game; it's at swtlr.com, Star Wars, The Old Republic. Now I'm not going to get into the visual stuff.
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  1. 13m 51s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. What you need to know
      4m 50s
    3. Using the exercise files
      8m 11s
  2. 12m 58s
    1. A yoga studio
      3m 18s
    2. A national organization
      2m 51s
    3. An entertainment company
      4m 3s
    4. An organization with hyperlocal branches
      2m 46s
  3. 40m 43s
    1. Planning your site's data structure
      3m 31s
    2. Creating record templates
      5m 40s
    3. Understanding Drupal 7's data-template model (entities)
      4m 27s
    4. Creating categories using two methods
      6m 14s
    5. Creating unusual field types
      6m 38s
    6. Reusing and grouping fields
      6m 25s
    7. Looking at Drupal's database
      3m 50s
    8. Migrating custom fields from Drupal 6
      3m 58s
  4. 20m 47s
    1. Connecting two fields using references
      5m 36s
    2. Importing data using Feeds
      8m 48s
    3. Changing the appearances of fields
      6m 23s
  5. 53m 11s
    1. Understanding why views are useful
      5m 1s
    2. Learning from built-in views
      5m 52s
    3. Creating and deleting a simple view
      5m 42s
    4. Diving into the Views interface
      8m 43s
    5. Surveying field types
      6m 16s
    6. Adjusting the settings of individual fields
      5m 31s
    7. Sorting and filtering data
      8m 11s
    8. Changing Views' administrative options
      7m 55s
  6. 33m 33s
    1. Varying how a view appears in different displays
      10m 10s
    2. Formatting views with grid, list, table, and jump menu appearances
      6m 43s
    3. Rewriting field output for interesting results
      4m 21s
    4. Creating multipart views using attachments
      6m 8s
    5. Styling the output of views
      6m 11s
  7. 33m 56s
    1. Importing and exporting views
      6m 21s
    2. Controlling access to data
      6m 44s
    3. Adding dynamic filters to views
      5m 41s
    4. Extending views with relationships
      6m 24s
    5. Improving data administration with Views Bulk Operations
      8m 46s
  8. 29m 43s
    1. Understanding locational data
      4m 43s
    2. Setting up the Location module
      9m 42s
    3. Displaying basic maps with the GMap module
      8m 37s
    4. Displaying custom maps
      6m 41s
  9. 23m 50s
    1. Exporting data in simple text form
      7m 4s
    2. Adding dates and calendars
      8m 32s
    3. Displaying content in a slideshow
      8m 14s
  10. 1m 20s
    1. Next steps
      1m 20s

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Watch the Online Video Course Drupal 7: Reporting and Visualizing Data
4h 24m Intermediate Nov 17, 2011

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In this course, author Tom Geller demonstrates how to use the Views module and other add-ons in Drupal to present dynamic, data-rich content. This course examines several real-world examples of effective data visualization and describes the Drupal data-storage model. The course also shows how to create, format, and style views; control access to data; improve data administration with Views Bulk Operations; and display content as custom maps and slide shows.

Topics include:
  • Planning the data structure of a site
  • Creating record templates with custom field types
  • Connecting fields using references
  • Sorting and filtering data
  • Varying how a view appears in different displays
  • Formatting views with grid, list, table, and jump
  • Creating multi-part views using attachments
  • Importing and exporting views
  • Extending views with relationships
  • Understanding and using location data
  • Exporting data
Subjects:
Developer Web
Software:
Drupal
Author:
Tom Geller

An entertainment company

The last two sites we looked at were pretty low budget, that's fine I'm guessing that very few people watching this video have enormous budgets for their own web site projects. But now let's see how data visualization fits into a site that spent a lot of money and time on making their graphics pop. For this, I chose the site of one of the most visually rich properties around, the Star Wars game; it's at swtlr.com, Star Wars, The Old Republic. Now I'm not going to get into the visual stuff.

As you know, lynda.com has lots of videos that'll show you how to get results like this. And the course on Drupal theming will help you to integrate those into your Drupal site. Now we're going to look past the Flash, and you'll see that the data portion of this site is actually quite simple. In fact, I'll tell you how to do all the data manipulations you need before the end of this course in order to make a site like this. Let's start with this latest news part down here. In this block we have three things to click on at the top, latest News, New Media and Recent Updates.

Each one of these is a collection of stories and we can click on any of these links to go to that story itself. Like so, and, like so. This is giving us a little teaser of what's behind the node and if we click the Read More, we see the complete node, and in fact, if we look at each of these, we'll see a very similar format between all of them, they have all of this body text up here and maybe some images, and then down at the bottom they have tags, as well as a link to Comments. That's one way you can tell if you're looking at a data driven site.

If all of the formats are the same on similar pieces, probably they're defined by a content type, but let's go back and scroll back down to the bottom and there we are. This group of node is probably done through a view, and in fact, this thing where you can switch from one tab to another was probably done using something called Quick Tabs. You can find it on drupal.org, at drupal.org/project/quicktabs. I actually use it on my own site as well, tomgeller.com. This is the same exact thing, it's the same Quick Tabs that they're using on Star Wars, The Old Republic, of course, theirs is more dressed up, but it's the same basic technology.

Now let's go back up to the top and take a look at some of the other parts of this site. We have this Community menu, let's go down to Events. As we scroll down, we see only two events here, this one, October 21st and November 24th. This could be done in a view with different fields for the title and the logo here, and so on. Then again, it might not be, and one hint that I have that it might not be is that the titles aren't clickable. Now that can be done in views, but usually people leave it in the default, so that when you click the title, it goes to a node.

Perhaps the reason they're doing this is because it leads to another company's property, and if we click on Paris Games Week, we see that it actually goes to another site, and we get a warning telling us that, let's cancel out of that. Finally, let's go to Community and Awards. Once again, we have a very good-looking page and this might or might not be done with a view. It would be very good to do in a view, because as we add a new award, all we have to do is create a node that contains it, and then the view automatically adds it to this list.

Again, we can't click on the title, and in fact, there is nothing that we can click on in most of these. So that tells me maybe it's not a view, but maybe it is. That's something I'll tell you about as we go through the course. Although it focuses on doing these data collections, sometimes it makes more sense to just do things in a standard node. Now I don't know about you, but I always find good graphic design intimidating. I know I don't have the skills to pull all of this together by myself, but here's the great thing. After having spent a bit of time deconstructing how the data structure probably works, I know that I have what it takes to team up with a designer and an implementation specialist to make a site that's this good.

Professional quality sites like this are usually a team effort and it's gratifying to understand enough about the data portion to know that you could be a valuable part of that team.

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