Emily Newsom

As Development Director, Emily oversees all of Brightflock's development projects. Prior to co-launching Brightflock in 2008, Emily developed enterprise Java systems for the biotechnology industry. Emily is an avid proponent of open source software (but without the beard!) and has contributed to a number of OSS projects including Firefox, Ubuntu, WordPress and Drupal. Emily holds an honors BSc in Computer Science from the University of Victoria.

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One of the big changes in Drupal 7 was to create another abstraction layer above nodes, users, etc. This abstraction layer allows one to access all of the various components as "entities". In Drupal 6, I always felt the push to make everything be a node, so this abstraction layer solves that problem--just treat everything as an entity and don't force the node issue.

So how do you query for entities? Like a lot of ORMs, Drupal now has its own query language--one can use EntityFieldQuery to query for any entity. Now if anyone has worked with EntityFieldQuery, it can be a bit (!) verbose. The problem I ran into is that 90% of the time I am looking for nodes only, so why do I need to deal with entities? Well, I threw together a subclass of EntityFieldQuery that only queries for nodes. Seems like a pretty obvious class to have in the core to speed up node queries, but I couldn't find anything of the sort so I wrote my own. Lets hope we get something like this in D8 before node_load_multiple's conditions get removed.

 * NodeFieldQuery - An EntityFieldQuery object just for loading nodes because that's what we want 90% of the time.
class NodeFieldQuery extends EntityFieldQuery {
    public function __contruct($type = null) {
        $this->entityCondition('entity_type', 'node');
        if ($type) {
            $this->entityCondition('bundle', $type);
    public function load() {
        $result = $this->execute();
        if (!isset($result['node'])) {
            return array();
          $nids = array_keys($result['node']);
          $nodes = entity_load('node', $nids);
        return $nodes;
/* Usage */
$q = new NodeFieldQuery('project');
$q->fieldCondition('field_project_company', 'nid', $company->nid, '=');
$projects = $q->load();