Display Suite Fields

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    Display Suite for Drupal 7 Fields
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    with Kristof De Jaeger
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    Hi, this is part three of the display
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    suite from Drupal 7 video series.
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    In this part, I will talk about fields, and especially
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    in the Display Suite fields.
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    So if you have installed Display Suite,
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    then there is a menu item here called Fields.
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    And if you click on it, then you can manage all kinds of fields.
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    Add a field is a custom field, you have
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    dynamic fields, you a preprocess field, and a block field.
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    So important to know is that fields from Display Suite
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    are not related with fields API.
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    There are some sort of a way to add content to entities.
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    On an easy way, they don't get any input, they just display stuff.
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    And in this part of the video, I will show you
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    what sort of display it can have.
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    So I've already told you, you can add and manage those fields
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    through Display Suite layout.
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    But you can-- sorry, fields-- but you can also,
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    if you are managing a layout for, let's say this is the article
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    teaser, at the bottom of the screen is a vertical tap here called,
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    Add Custom Fields-- with the same links, but now in buttons.
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    So I'm going to use this screen all the time.
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    They're going to present the same form over again,
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    and they present the same form, sorry.
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    So it doesn't matter where you add those fields.
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    So that's great.
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    A custom field-- so if you create a custom field, you give it a label.
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    So let's say Custom Display Field.
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    I will attach it to a node-- a node entity.
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    And this part is the important part.
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    So you can now give it the code that it has to display.
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    This can just be some text, so if I say, this is some text.
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    Then the field will output text.
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    But you can also use PHP code.
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    And the cool thing about this is that there
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    is a new input format, the text format, that
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    comes installed in Display Suite.
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    It's called Display Suite Code.
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    And the important part is that in the PHP
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    that you can right over here, the entity object is available.
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    So that means that when the field-- when a node is rendered,
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    for instance, the node object is going to be passed to the function
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    internally, and you can use anything from that object.
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    So let's create a field that says, Type of Node.
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    And then just do here, print entity type.
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    So that's it.
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    You can also use tokens, in case the token module is installed.
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    So it's your choice.
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    So you click on Save, the Manage screen will be reloaded.
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    And there's a new field available here, a custom display field,
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    that you can now drag and drop around.
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    So let's move it into the header.
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    Let's save my screen.
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    And this is my individual article.
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    I'm going to reload.
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    And then you can see here, this is a type of node article.
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    So this is actually the node type.
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    And so this is one way to add new custom display fields onto objects.
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    So let's go back over here, and remove that one.
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    So that's a custom field.
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    So if I would go to Display Suite fields,
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    then you can see this field is listed here.
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    I can edit it, of course, and you can also delete it.
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    So let me go back to my layout, manage display,
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    and let's add a block field.
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    In a block field-- the name itself is pretty straightforward,
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    I think-- gives the ability to create
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    a field that will display a block.
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    So all the blocks that are available here in the Drupal system,
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    you can select them here.
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    So let's take Who's Online.
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    You can choose how you're going to render it--
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    it can be rendered through the block template,
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    you can just use block title this content,
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    or only show the block content.
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    So again, let's choose node here, render it to the block template,
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    save it again.
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    And now do we have a new field called a block field?
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    And let's put that one here.
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    I'll look in the right region above the body.
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    Reload my screen.
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    And there you go, here's the block field I added easily into my nodes.
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    So that's a block field.
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    Again, I'm going to disable this one, and show you another field.
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    So I've showed you already custom fields and block fields.
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    There's also a prepreprocess field.
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    This one is a little bit cryptic, and it's
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    not going to be used a lot.
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    But any variable that's available on the variables one
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    when theming layer it run in Drupal, and there
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    are variables available there.
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    And you can access them with Display Suite easily.
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    So for instance, on the node there is
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    a variable that's called, No URL.
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    So let's save it.
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    And let's put this one, for instance,
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    on the left above the image.
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    So while Drupal is rendering, there's
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    a lot of variables available there.
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    And now it's also available right here.
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    So here's node four, that's node URL.
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    There are other variables on all kinds of entities.
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    There are modules which are adding a lot of preprocess stuff on it,
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    and you can easily access them now, with the Display Suite,
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    and [? render ?] them around where you like.
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    It's not something that will be used a lot, I think,
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    but it's handy sometimes.
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    So that was a preprocess field.
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    And now let's show you the most crazy one, that's a dynamic field.
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    So let's just create a dynamic field.
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    Let's put in a node, and save it.
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    So the display of this one is going to configured at somewhere else.
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    So let's create the dynamic field.
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    And let's put this one-- instead of the body, for instance--
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    so let's move the body away.
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    So now this field is over here.
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    So first of all, let me just save it.
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    And so there you go, there's a dynamic field.
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    If I'm going to reload my node-- and the body
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    is gone, of course-- and dynamic field here, there's nothing here.
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    That's because we have to configure it.
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    So right here, there's a check box called Show Title,
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    and there's a Title wrapper.
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    But the content, and that's the most important one
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    here, that's configured over here.
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    So you just go to Select Content, and then you
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    have all kinds of content stuff that you can display here.
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    So the node context is passed on, so I
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    can actually go and select a node body over here,
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    but there's all kinds of stuff.
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    There's activity-- so there was our blocks-- can use forms,
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    you can add menus.
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    So for people who are familiar with ctools package and panels,
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    this is more or less the same screen that you know from there.
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    And that's available now for this dynamic field.
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    So let's take the node body, push Finish, and then here update.
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    And then the summary will tell you indeed its type body.
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    Let's save this, go back, and there's the body again.
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    So dynamic fields are really powerful.
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    In case you have views installed, for instance, then let's go
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    back to Edit, let's go to cancel.
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    I can now go back to something else.
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    In case views is installed, then you can also install the content
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    field panes, and you can use views, and do a lot of custom stuff
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    in here.
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    But this is more or less also more interesting for blocks, I think.
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    I mean you can just create a couple of dynamic fields,
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    and the good part is, is let's say let's use this one.
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    So this is now going to type as User-online.
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    Let's save it.
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    And there's the User-online.
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    So why is dynamic field a really powerful one?
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    This is the default layout for an article on teaser.
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    The dynamic field is also available, but it
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    can have another type of content.
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    So on the default, here, it's showing the User-online block.
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    On the teaser, we can easily say to drop in the menu.
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    So that's the power of the dynamic field,
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    because it can display all kinds of stuff in all kinds of contexts.
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    So cool part about Display Suite fields
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    is you can, indeed, manage it through the user interface,
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    but you can also implement hooks if you're a module developer.
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    And all those fields are also exportable.
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    But that's for another screencast, and then I
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    think it's part 11 or so.
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    So that's a bit about fields.
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    See you in another screencast.

Display Suite Fields

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In this lesson we cover adding different type of custom fields to your layout using Display Suite. From adding a custom code field, blocks, to dynamic fields, each of these can be moved around your layout and replicated/modified across different display modes.

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