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The Definitive Guide to Drupal 7 by Károly Négyesi, Claudina Sarahe, Dani Nordin, Ed Carlevale, Benjamin Melançon, Amye Scavarda, Ryan Szrama, Kay VanValkenburgh, Brian Travis, Greg Anderson, Robert Douglass, Roy Scholten, Peter Wolanin, Susan Stewart, Mike Gifford, Forest Mars, Sam Boyer, Florian Lorétan, Allie Micka, Jake Strawn, Stefan Freudenberg, Dmitri Gaskin, Bojhan Somers, Albert Albala, George Cassie, Kasey Qynn Dolin, Jacine Luisi, Dan Hakimzadeh, Robin Monks, Nathaniel Catchpole, Stéphane Corlosquet, Mike Ryan, Michelle Lauer, Greg Stout

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C H A P T E R  24

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Writing a Major Module

by Benjamin Melançon

“You need me and I need you / Without each other there ain't nothing people can do.”

—Aretha Franklin (Think)

The dictionary definition of “module” is “one of multiple distinct but interrelated parts that can be used to construct a more complex structure.” That describes how complex web sites are built with Drupal: module by module. (And you didn't think anything in Drupal was sensibly named.)

A module, by definition, never exists on its own but rather in relation to other modules with which it forms a working whole. Drupal's modularity makes it possible for separately written and ...

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