I wonder if something "core" already exists that gives me the raw value of a field inside a node. For that matter I wrote this little helper, but it seems too strange not to be able to do it with a core function:

function mymodule_get_node_field($node, $name, $lang = 'und', $key = 'value') {

  if (substr($name, 0, 6) != 'field_') {
    $name = "field_{$name}";

  if (!is_object($node) || !isset($node->{$name}) || !isset($node->{$name}[$lang])) {
    return null;

  return $node->{$name}[$lang][0][$key];

The only thing I know is field_get_items().

Your function makes a lot of assumptions that don't work for a core function.

  • Not all fields are prefixed with field_, only those created through the UI. body for example not.

  • Some fields have multiple values, your function only returns the first.

If you want a function that makes these assumptions, you could write a simple wrapper for field_get_items() that takes care of that.

  • yeah, I know :) This is just a quick and dirty hack that will work on my fields, in my module. I'd not use that as a generic helper to access any fields, thus my question indeed ;) Off to write a wrapper for field_get_items then – Claudio May 28 '11 at 9:14
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    field_get_items (and a little cute wrapper) is the answer. – Claudio May 28 '11 at 9:17

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