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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

Planning your extension

Within this chapter we will build a payment extension for the Stripe payment gateway available at Unlike some other payment gateways, Stripe is fully developer-friendly, well-documented, and easy to implement. If you haven't already, now is the good time to:

  1. Visit the Stripe web page and sign up for an account.

  2. Once you sign up, follow the Stripe documentation for obtaining the API key ( You will need a test secret key, which we will use later within Magento.

  3. Additionally, you will need to obtain the PHP API library ( available at Once you unpack the downloaded archive, there should be a VERSION file in it. The current version at the time of this writing is 1.8.0.

  4. Spend some time studying/navigating the documentation page,, just to get an overview of things.

Please note that actual URLs might change throughout...