O'Reilly European Open Source Convention - October 17-20, 2005 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Session

Drupal API -- An Advanced Web Application Framework
Károly Négyesi

Track: PHP
Date: Tuesday, 18 October 2005
Time: 10:45 - 11:30
Location: St. John's Room I

Drupal is among the cleanest and most extensible Web Application Frameworks for PHP4 and PHP5. It has well defined points of extension and a highly optimized page serving mechanism. The talk will be a programmer's tour of the Drupal API. The main attractions are:

  • Modules, the building blocks of Drupal
  • Hooks, the cement of Drupal
  • The thin database layer which also serves as a cornerstone for security in Drupal
  • The menu system, Drupal's Grand Central Station of Drupal. Incoming requests are bound to handler functions
  • The theme system which makes Drupal look good
  • Nodes, the root of Drupal's data object model
  • The taxonomy/category API which allows users and developers to bring order to content. Handles everything from free-tagging to simple lists to n:m webs of relationships


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