[development] Implementing without nodes

Feijó Legendas patrao at legendas.feijo.info
Wed Dec 19 01:38:47 UTC 2007

Hi Victor.

Thanks for your feedback,

We are very confortable with Drupal, we decided to use it about 5 month ago.

Several contents will be handled by drupal resources itself, but some others
we need much more specific stuff, unavaiable in drupal modules

I bought that book!! Arrived last saturday, I already start reading it.
Will jump to chapter 10, thanks for the tip


2007/12/18, Victor Kane <victorkane at gmail.com>:
> Feijó,
> It sounds like a fair question.
> One can start building from scratch, or one can use a framework to
> leverage reuse.
> So when you are trying to leverage a framework, you gain only by re-using
> it, that is, using it.
> Drupal differs from other CMS's in that it allows the non-programmer to
> create arbitrary content items (business objects) with arbitrary fields:
> nodes. The business objects are persisted for you.
> If you are working with pure CRUD functions in php, then perhaps you
> should think twice about using a framework, with its huge productivity and
> trade-offs in favor of non-programming prototyping.
> But Drupal is so flexible that it does have an answer for you: you can
> make forms with the FormAPI, set callbacks with hook_menu, even leverage the
> Drupal validation and submit support, etc. See Chapter 10 of Pro Drupal
> Development (
> http://www.amazon.com/Pro-Drupal-Development-John-VanDyk/dp/1590597559)
> for some examples.
> So even though you might feel more at home with something like the Cake
> framework for what you are describing, you could leverage Drupal forms and
> persistence and even the upcoming Drupal 6 database schema api ... all
> without using nodes.
> Victor Kane
> http://awebfactory.com.ar
> On Dec 18, 2007 9:45 PM, Feijó Legendas <patrao at legendas.feijo.info >
> wrote:
> > I'm trying to figure out how to implement several modules, that do not
> > use nodes at all
> >
> > I need to set lots of forms, this forms are used to edit, insert or
> > search my tables
> >
> > I'm having dificulty controling the data flow of my forms.  What hooks I
> > use? I try hook_form, but any code I set there isnt executed.
> >
> > Every site about hook_form, uses node! Can I do that without nodes?
> >
> >
> > TIA
> >
> > Feijó
> >
> >
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