hook_node_load($nodes, $types) in Drupal 7 takes two arrays as parameters. In the module I'm working on (Drupal 7 port from Drupal 6), just one node of one type is being loaded. I tried $node[0] to specify the first node in the array, but no joy. How do I get at the first node and the first type? There is only one object in each array.

  • array_shift Feb 23, 2015 at 3:54
  • You should take care with array_shift(), though, since it removes the item from the array. It shouldn't matter for this particular hook, but there are others that pass by reference.
    – Les Lim
    Feb 23, 2015 at 3:59
  • you could use $node = reset($nodes); as well
    – thumbson
    Feb 23, 2015 at 4:13
  • Thanks. So, it turns out that the node array is an array of objects. But I guess I still can use this. Feb 23, 2015 at 10:04

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$nodes is keyed by the node ID, which you probably won't know in advance. Instead of directly trying to access the first node in the array, iterate over them with a foreach loop.

function mymodule_node_load($nodes, $types) {
  foreach ($nodes as $nid => $node) {
    if ($node->type == 'basic_page') {
  • I need to somehow identify the object that is the first node in the array of node objects. I think the reset() function will do that, won't it? Feb 23, 2015 at 10:05

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