Learn Views with NodeOne, part 1: Overview

Views is the most used of all Drupal modules, and it is a fact that if you want to learn Drupal you really must learn Views. The problem, though, is that there is so much to learn and you might not know where and how to start. Now there's a good answer: start here!

This screencast series introduces Views from the very basics, and presents more or less all the concepts you need to know when configuring Views. It does not by any mean cover everything about Views – it does not, for example, cover theming Views or coding for Views – but it should provide you will all the necessary tools for going on and explore the Views universe yourself.

I am very happy to be able to do this screencast series using the brand new UI for Views. A lot of cred to the people making this UI possible!

Episodes in this screencast series

  1. Overview of the screencast series (That's this one!)
  2. What is Views?
  3. Some basic settings
  4. Sorting
  5. Filters
  6. Fields
  7. Common Views formats/styles: unformatted, HTML list, grid and table
  8. Displays and overrides
  9. More displays
  10. Listing other things than nodes
  11. Relationships – extending the data available in your view
  12. Example: Building a custom RSS reader with Views and the core Aggregator module
  13. Example: Listing all top level taxonomy terms
  14. Exposed settings – letting users set filter, sorting and paging parameters
  15. Grouping filters to provide and/or filtering
  16. Grouping view fields
  17. Rewriting the values of view fields, including creating links
  18. A look at the Jump menu format/style
  19. Contextual filters: An introduction
  20. Contextual filters: Summaries and other actions if no argument is present
  21. Contextual filters and menu tabs
  22. Contextual filters and default menu tabs
  23. Contextual filters: validation of filter input
  24. Contextual filters: default values (including some words about why they are conceptually bad)
  25. Some special handlers and other settings inside your view configuration
  26. Some global Views settings, and some words on importing/exporting/reverting views
  27. Extending Views with more modules, and using Views as a platform for further site building (plus example of how to crash your site)

You can get updates by following the Learn Views series' RSS feed – or write a comment below asking to get on our e-mail list.

Please note that this screencast series was produced during a short period of time, and may contain parts that appear (and are!) unprepared. Sorry about this.

Currently there is no official documentation for the Views 3 module, but you can always read more about Views on the Views project page at drupal.org. If you want to help out with making Views better, please consider answering support questions in the Views issue queue!

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