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List of views

Let’s make a list of the views for the Gamerz IS, from the requirements.

  • Members (public). Anyone can see it.
  • People (manager). Only managers can see it. Lets them add, delete, change member data.
  • Members with unpaid dues (manager).
  • Projects (public).
  • Projects (manager).
  • Events (public).
  • Events (manager).

For each one, we need to decide:

  • Which nodes will be on the report (i.e., filters)
  • What fields will be on the report
  • How the fields will be displayed: table, list, grid…

Members

Members shows… well, the members of the org. We don’t have a Member content type, but we do have Person. What do we have to do?

Marcus
Marcus
A filter! Only show the Person nodes for members.
Here are the fields for Person:

  • Name
  • Phone (manager access only)
  • Email (manager access only)
  • Dues paid? (manager access only)
  • Affiliation (member, etc.) (manager access only)
  • Major(s)
  • Project(s)
  • Notes (manager access only)

Filter by affiliation, showing only members.

So far:

View Members
Access Public
Content type Person
Filter Affiliation is Member

Adela
Adela
Question. The views we made before had another filter: Published. We only showed published nodes, not unpublished ones. Do we want that here?
Yes! You almost always want to add a Published filter.

Why? It helps managers do their work. For example, suppose Jimmy Carr hasn’t paid his dues. His Person node can be unpublished. It won’t show up on the members list. When he pays, the node is marked as published, and is back on the list.

View Members (public)
Access Public
Content type Person
Filter Affiliation is Member
Node is published

Now, what fields should be on the view? The members list is available to anyone, so we only want to show public fields. That means:

  • Name
  • Major(s)
  • Project(s)
View Members (public)
Access Public
Content type Person
Filter Affiliation is Member
Node is published
Fields Name
Major(s)
Project(s)

Let’s look at two options for display type. There are more, but let’s just look at the two most common: table, and unformatted list.

A table:

Table

An unformatted list:

Unformatted list

Tables look better and are easier for your eyes to scan. But notice that the table is wider than the unformatted list. Tables are often too wide for small phone screens, without horizontal scrolling. A table with a few fields fits OK on a phone. More than that, we might have a problem.

Does it matter whether the view fits on a phone? Depends. If the view is for org managers (or employees for a commercial project), maybe it’s OK that the view is best with a laptop. That’s not our situation, though. The view we’re working on is for potential members, who might well be using a phone. So, yes, for this view it matters.

Our table has three fields. Look at the member list on a phone, and you’ll see it looks OK. Let’s use a table for this view.

View Members (public)
Access Public
Content type Person
Filter Affiliation is Member
Node is published
Fields Name
Major(s)
Project(s)
Display Table

On to the next view.

People

This one is for managers to work on people data.

View People
Access Managers
Content type Person

What about filtering? There’s published, right?

Ray
Ray
Wait! Managers get to unpublish Person nodes, like when Jimmy didn’t pay his dues. If we filter out unpublished nodes, Jimmy’s node wouldn’t show up anymore.
Right! It would be hard for managers to republish the node, when Jimmy paid up. So, we don’t want to filter out unpublished nodes.

View People
Access Managers
Content type Person
Filter None

What fields should be in the view? Managers see everything.

View People
Access Managers
Content type Person
Filter None
Fields Everything

What about display? There are many fields, but table is OK, since it makes sense for managers to use bigger screens when on the site.

View People
Access Managers
Content type Person
Filter None
Fields Everything
Display Table

Members with unpaid dues

Like the last one, except…

View Unpaid dues
Access Managers
Content type Person
Filter ???
Fields ???
Display Table

We should only show nodes that have Paid dues? set to No. Anything else?

Georgina
Georgina
Only members. Not the advisors, and other people.
Adela
Adela
What about published? Filter just for those?

Georgina
Georgina
No, because a manager might have unpublished someone for not paying dues. We want them on the list.

Hmmm… we want published status to be one of the fields on the report, though. To remind someone to publish a node, for a person who pays their dues.

View Unpaid dues
Access Managers
Content type Person
Filter Due paid? = No
Affiliation = Member
Fields Name
Email
Phone
Published
Display Table

Projects (public)

In the last lesson, we chose these fields for project:

  • Name
  • Homepage (a URL)
  • Description

All the fields are public.

View Projects (public)
Access Public
Content type Project
Filter Published = Yes
Fields Everything
Display Unformatted list

There are only a few fields, but they’re long. A table is too big for a phone. An unformatted list does the job. You can check out the view.

Projects (manager)

Marcus
Marcus
Isn’t this going to be the same? None of the fields are private.
OK. Let’s leave this for now. We’ll come back to it if we need to.

Events (public)

The fields from before:

  • Title
  • When
  • Where
  • Description
  • Speakers

All the fields are public.

View Events (public)
Access Public
Content type Project
Filter Published = Yes
Fields Everything
Display Unformatted list

Check it out.

Events (managers)

Again, all the fields are public. We might not need a separate view for managers. More later.

Summary

The requirements listed a bunch of views for the Gamerz IS. We made a table like this for each one:

View Projects (public)
Access Public
Content type Project
Filter Published = Yes
Fields Everything
Display Unformatted list