Views is an integrated function from Drupal which allows to build content views from available data. Content views are any filtered data display in a form of table, list or grid.
With Drupal 8 there is a very easy and practical way to add this custom view as a configuration that will be installed with the module.
Navigate to "/admin/config/development/configuration/single/export".
On this page, select configuration type 'view' and configuration name 'My module list' that was created earlier.
You will obtain from the above export a list of configuration data that you can copy and paste into a file called for instance "views.view.mymodule-list.yml";
Simply place this file into the install folder :
In previous article we have seen how to declare the data accessible in a custom view in MyModule.
Now that the data from our tables mymodule_tb (and mymodule_tb_2) are available, let's create the list view.
First navigate to "/admin/structure/views/add" and create the view by entering basic information as per the example below.
After "save" you are redirected to "Edit" form where further settings will be set.
From this form, select the fields to display. We will select 2 here "name" and "type" (refer to the table structure declared in MyModule_views_data())
In our EK management tools suite we have custom designed lists of items like for instance list of management documents.
Those lists are build with custom codes and templates which is somehow more convenient to manage with complex data, links, menus and filters as in the example below.
However for simple list, the views module is very useful and can be integrated in a custom module as well to automatically create the list.
Here is an example with companies list in the system address book module showing the company name as link and a field about the type of record plus a simple filter box.