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Drupal 8 Module Development by Daniel Sipos

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Custom Fields

In Chapter 6, Data Modeling and Storage, and Chapter 7, Your Own Custom Entities and Plugin Types, we talked quite extensively about content entities and how they use fields to store the actual data that they are supposed to represent. Then, we saw how these fields, apart from interacting with the storage layer for persisting it, extend TypedData API classes in order to organize this data better at the code level. For example, we saw that the BaseFieldDefinition instances used on entities are actually data definitions (and so are the FieldConfig ones). Moreover, we also saw the Datatype plugins at play there, namely the FieldItemList with their individual items, which down the line extend a basic DataType plugin (Map in most ...

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