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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

Creating an extension profile

The extension profile page describes your extension. Magento Connect forces specific design guides for extensions, which you must follow or risk the extension not being approved. You can obtain the design guideline from

Besides design guidelines, a good extension profile should also include other important information that users may need to be aware of to configure the extension, as well as contact information for support questions.

To create an extension profile, perform the following steps:

  1. Log in to

  2. From the top-right of the page, click on My Account, and then click on your avatar image or username to access your account dashboard.

  3. From the left-side bar, click on Developers to expand its options.

  4. From the expanded Developers panel, click on Add New Extension. In case you get a Terms and Conditions screen presented at this point, click on the Agree button to proceed...