[development] D6 Programmatic creation of a custom content type with fields

jeff at ayendesigns.com jeff at ayendesigns.com
Mon Jan 17 13:30:35 UTC 2011

Ah, makes sense. Ok, so that leaves me with one higher-level question. 
Is there a question I should be asking myself to decide whether to have 
cck manage the content type, its field and the processing of both or to 
do it separately, other than which is easier?

On 01/17/2011 04:36 AM, Randy Fay wrote:
> The D6 node_example in Examples is the non-CCK technique, and it adds 
> *data* but not fields, to a node. Presentation and data management are 
> done in custom code.
> If you just need something that CCK can do, use features and CCK 
> (which is essentially the easier way to do #1).
> Both ways work, but if you *can* do it with CCK + features I would 
> think that would be the best technique.
> -Randy
> On Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 4:49 AM, <jeff at ayendesigns.com 
> <mailto:jeff at ayendesigns.com>> wrote:
>     I find what seems to be two different approaches for creating
>     fields for a custom content type via a module. One is from
>     drewish, where the field is first added via cck manually, then
>     dumped with var_export(content_fields()) and then added to the
>     content type in the install via content_field_instance_create().
>     The other is in rfay's Example module, where Randy creates a table
>     for the module in the install and inserts fields into it that are
>     what cck would insert.
>     I'm wondering if the latter removes the need for me to do all the
>     node processing from my module. Also, my content type has one
>     field (other than title and body) which is an image filefield with
>     unlimited instances, and I'm thinking that that same method would
>     have the field being handled by filefield and that the method in
>     Example would require that I manage the _fid, _list and _data db
>     content, etc., so if there's a reason why this would be a better
>     way to do it, or why the first method wouldn't be, I'm missing it.
>     Jeff
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