The Views module is a powerful and flexible tool for displaying content on a Drupal site. Views came on the Drupal scene in 2005. Developed primarily by an awesome coder named Earl Miles with much input from other Drupalers, it has revolutionized the Drupal website developer experience.
This book offers step-by-step Views recipes for use by Drupal administrators and themers. We will be cooking up an extensive smorgasbord. We'll create lists, tables, calendars, charts, maps, proximity searches, fused views, views bulk operations, and so on, while introducing a wide array of techniques and companion modules along the way. Most of the recipes require no programming, but some contain useful code snippets.
This book covers Views for Drupal 5.x. (Views 2 will be the primary subject of a separate book.)
Why release a book on a Drupal 5 module, when Drupal 6 has already been released? It's simple: Many web site developers use Drupal 5!
There are often good reasons for this. Web site developers like to be sure that required modules are in good working shape for the version of Drupal they select. If contributed modules required for the site are not yet ported to Drupal 6, it is a reasonable option to use Drupal 5. Also, if a developer is replicating most of the functionality of an existing Drupal 5 site, she may use Drupal 5. Many developers inherit web sites that are still based on Drupal 5 code. Additionally, developers are still releasing new Drupal 5 modules. Drupal 5 remains a rich and widely-used framework.