Intermediate : Drupal Theming

When you want to create a list of years as a select field in CCK ranging from some set date in the past to the current date you have a couple of options. The first option would be to go through and manually enter every year from that date to present. This may be ok if you only are working with a date range of 3 or 4 years, but what if you want to list the years since the 1800s. Obviously that list would be painful to make, and what’s worse you would have to make sure the site was updated every year by someone competent enough not to destroy the information.

In Drupal 6 views has been completely rewritten from the ground up, and as such we have to adjust the little code snippets that we developers have collected over the years to compensate.

The old way ( Drupal 5 views 1 ) of inserting a view into a tpl or into a php enabled content area was as follows:

This has now changed to the following:

There are several ways to insert blocks onto a page with Drupal. You can use panels, you can add a region to the theme, or you can call the blocks programmatically with php. Though it might not seem evident at first there are some situations where it really is much easier, or better just to call a block with php rather than using the other options. One good example is where you want to add a particular block to a page that shows up in an odd location (such as the top right hand corner of the page) where panels can’t get to.