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I have a module which is pulling in some remote data. this is only temporary as long as page is opened i dnt want to store the data on my drupal site. is there a way i can create a custom data table in order to render my data results using the views module. i looked into hook_views_data()but it seems this only works with database table in the drupal system

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Data module helps you model, manage and query related sets of tables. The Data module provides

  • an API for dynamically allocating tables for single-row records.
  • an API for insert/update/delete operations and describing how tables join to each other.
  • automatic views integration.
  • a way to export table definitions to code.

Also next patch in "Describe and use external database tables using Data." allow use external DB tables to show on Views.

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Module Forena can be used to query (not update) any MySQL database table.

For more details about Forena, 2 types of documentation are available:

  • Community documentation.
  • Documentation that comes with Forena, which you can access right after install and enable of the module. Checkout the demo site for an online example of the current:

    • Forena documentation - use the link 'Reporting documentation' or visit relative link /reports/help.
    • Forena samples - use the link 'Reporting samples' or visit relative link /reports/samples (these samples are fully functional, so make sure to experiment a bit with it, such as the drill downs available on the SVG Graph sample).

The newest 7.x-4.x version also includes an amazing (I think) UI for either creating your reports (the WYSIWYG report editor) and/or for creating your SQL queries (the Query Builder).

Here are some variations of the MySQL database part in my answer:

  1. Using a SQLite instead of MySQL database: the Forena samples actually get shipped including a (Tiny) SQLite database. Go check it out in the demo site: the data shown there are data contained in the sampledb, which is in SQLite format.
  2. Forena comes with a full suite of Supported database connections ... such as MS SQL, Oracle, Postgress or any PDO compliant variation.

Enough reasons for considering giving Forena a try? While doing so, use it's issue queue for any type of support/docu requests you may have.

Be aware: I'm a co-maintainer of Forena.

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