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Drupal 6: Online Presentation of Data

Course Summary

Shows how a data-driven website can improve its interactivity by building out tables or connecting to real-world maps.         


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    Course Syllabus


        Introduction
            Welcome
            Reviewing requirements
            Using the exercise files
            Touring examples of data visualization
        1. Learning How Drupal Handles Data
            Planning data structure
            Importing and manipulating data
            Looking at Drupal's database
            Deciding whether to store personal data as nodes or users
        2. Controlling How Drupal Presents Data Fields
            Understanding the Content Construction Kit (CCK)
            Creating new content types with CCK
            Hiding the Body field
            Reflecting CCK field data in the Title field
            Managing CCK field placement
            Exploring CCK's other features
            Using other CCK field types
            Adding date information as a CCK field
            Including images as CCK fields
            Connecting content to existing nodes
            Using taxonomies to categorize and group data
        3. Getting the Basics of Views
            Understanding why views are useful
            Using SimpleViews to create basic content views
            Diving into the Views interface
            Adding fields to a view
            Understanding iconic controls in the Views interface
            Surveying the Sort, Filter, and Field options in Views
            Adding view displays as pages, blocks, and RSS feeds
        4. Changing the Appearance of Views
            Overriding default settings on view displays
            Attaching more information to views
            Improving view appearances with grid, list, and table formatting
            Surveying other basic display settings in Views
            Altering a view's appearance through CSS
        5. Going Further with Views
            Importing, exporting, and cloning views
            Controlling access to views
            Learning from built-in views
            Creating views that aren't based on nodes
           Extending views with arguments
            Extending views with relationships
            Going further with relationships
        6. Working with Locational Data
            Understanding geographic data
            Setting up the Location module
            Entering geographic data with the Location module
            Displaying basic maps with the GMap module
            Integrating the GMap module with Views
        7. Putting Data into Other Forms
            Exporting data in tabular form
            Planning with the calendar modules
            Using the Charts module and Google Charts
            Graphing data with Open Flash Chart
            Making important data pop out with tag clouds
            Putting it all together in an attractive package
        Goodbye
            Conclusion

     


Course Fee:
USD 25

Course Type:

Self-Study

Course Status:

Active

Workload:

7 - 8 hours / week

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