Quickly Creating A “hook_schema()” Function Using Schema Module

Skill level: Intermediate.
Knowledge & Requirements: 

  • Drupal 7 site
  • Creating a custom module
  • phpMyAdmin – Know how to create a table using phpMyAdmin

Efficiency has always been a key part when it comes to developing any type of program. The Schema module is a Drupal module that helps a developer be more efficient and helps cut downtime when creating a hook_schema() function. In Drupal 7, hook_schema() is called at both install and uninstall time, which helps create/delete a custom table in the database. This function lives inside the module’s .install file. Click Here to see what a hook_schema() looks like. Creating a hook_schema() manually is time-consuming and more likely to have errors when creating the array, whereas using the Schema module’s structure generation is quick and accurate. Some key features of the Schema module are providing API functions, schema structure generation, and schema comparison.

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