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Getting Started with Magento Extension Development

By : Branko Ajzele
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Getting Started with Magento Extension Development

By: Branko Ajzele

Overview of this book

Modules, are a group of php and xml files meant to extend the system with new functionality, or override core system behavior. Most of the base Magento system is built using the module system, so you can see why they are an important feature for this rich open-source e-commerce solutions. This book explores key module development techniques and teaches you to modify, understand and structure your modules making it easy for you to get a strong foundation for clean and unobtrusive Magento module development. Getting Started with Magento Extension Development is a practical, hands-on guide to building Magento modules from scratch. This book provides an in depth introduction and helps you discover features such as; blocks, controllers, models, configuration files, and other crucial elements which contribute to the Magento architecture. This book introduces the you to real-world modules and helps provide a strong foundation which you need to become a professional Magento module developer. The book further explores best practices and tips and tricks offering you the ultimate go to guide. Getting Started with Magento Extension Development focuses on three areas. First you are guided through the entire Magento structure, where each important directory or file is explored in detail. Then the essence of the module structure and development is explained through the detailed coverage of models, blocks, controllers, configuration, and other files that manifest a single module. Finally, a detailed set of instructions is given for building four real-world modules, including a payment and shipping module.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)
Getting Started with Magento Extension Development
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Shipping methods

There are two, unofficially divided, types of shipping methods:

  • Static, where the shipping cost rates are based on a predefined set of rules. For example, you can create a shipping method called 5+ and make it available to the customer for selection under the checkout only if they added more than five products to the cart.

  • Dynamic, where retrieval of shipping cost rates comes from various shipping providers. For example, you have a web service called ABC Shipping that exposes a SOAP web service API which accepts products weight, length, height, width, shipping address, and returns the calculated shipping cost that you can then show to your customer.

Experienced developers would probably expect one or more PHP interfaces to handle the implementation of new shipping methods. The same goes for Magento, implementing a new shipping method is done via an interface and via proper configuration.