Adding a Group By clause to a View

These are some quick notes on how I added a group by clause to a query for a view in Drupal 7.

I have a custom database in a module that I wrote and one of the fields in it: video_id corresponds to a node nid. So I wanted to pull this database into a view. However there can be many rows in my database for each node and all I wanted for the view was to print one message Update answer key if there was one or more entries in the database and a different message Create answer key if there were no entries.

tl;dr this is what worked

Tag the query in hook_views_query_alter()

/** * Implements hook_views_query_alter(). */ function my_mod_views_query_alter(&$view, &$query) { if($view->name == 'video_landing_page') { // add_groupby doesn't work //$query->add_groupby('node.nid'); $query->add_tag('my_mod'); } }

Next implement hook_query_TAG_alter

 * Implements hook_query_TAG_alter().
function dance_code_query_my_mod_alter(QueryAlterableInterface $query){

Full Story

This was simple to do with a raw sql statement by adding "group by node.nid". So I first tried adding this group by with hook_views_query_alter().

function my_mod_views_query_alter(&$view, &$query) {
  if($view->name == 'video_landing_page') {

This did not appear to work. I searched google and D.O. and none of the solutions worked. There was also a consensus that there was a bug in hook_views_query_alter() and that I should use hook_query_altar() instead.

So I worked on implementing hook_query_alter, unfortunately the first problem was knowing how to identify that I was altering the correct view.