Getting Started with JSON in Drupal 7

How can you transfer data between websites? There are many options and modules for Drupal out there. You can use the Services, RESTful Web Services or Views Datasource module. However, using those modules can sometimes be a bit overkill. If all you want to do is expose some data via JSON so that it's accessible for other websites, then it’s easier to create a custom menu item and just return the exposed data as JSON from a menu callback.

Quickly Jump to Any Administration Pages using Coffee Module

The Coffee module is a simple yet power usability focused module. Inspired by the mac apps Alfred and Spotlight, it offers a simple interface where site administrators can jump to any administration page by typing into a autocomplete field. In this article I’ll show you how to get Coffee 7.x-1.0 up and running.

Handling Addresses and Locations in Drupal 7

In the good old Drupal 6 days, when you had to store an address and have that address converted into a latitude and longitude you would use the Location module. If you wanted to display a Google Map on your website, you would use the Gmap Module. In Drupal 7 the landscape has changed and now you have a lot options than just using the Location module.

Create Tooltips with Tipsy Module

Just recently for one of my websites I did a bit of research to see how easy it’ll be to add keyword tooltips. What I want is when a user hovers over a keyword within a piece of content a nicely styled tooltip appears. There are a few modules on drupal.org that integrate with jQuery popup/tooltip plugins, however, I ended up choosing the Tipsy module. As the name suggests, the Tipsy module uses a jQuery plugin called Tipsy and the jQuery plugin creates Facebook-style tooltips.

Handling Date and Time in Drupal 7

Over the years of maintaining Drupal websites I noticed that a lot of developers – and themers – hard code date and time formats. I know this may sound like a rant, but I would like to demonstrate an easier and cleaner way of creating and managing date and time formats.

Message Module API

The Message module is a general logging utility tool which you can use to log any type of activity on a Drupal website. I’ve already written about how you can use Message module with Rules. If you’ve never used this module I would recommend that you read "Log Site Activity with Message and Rules" first, so you can get a good introduction on how to use Message module.

In this article we’ll look at creating messages programmatically via Entity’s entity_metadata_wrapper() function. Finally we’ll look at how to load and display a message log. This is useful if you need to manually add a message to a template file.

Log Site Activity with Message and Rules

The Message module is a general logging utility tool that site builders can use to create user friendly logs. Let’s say for example, you want to create a log for all new “Blog” posts and then display a list of logs on a website via a block within a sidebar column. Message module makes it extremely easy to do all of this without writing a single line of code.