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Magento Extensions Development

By : Jérémie Bouchet
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Magento Extensions Development

By: Jérémie Bouchet

Overview of this book

Magento has been revealed as the best and the most popular open source e-commerce platform in the world, with about 250k+ online stores. Magento 2 is the most recent version of this awesome toolset: every new and modern development techniques are used to offer a real modular approach and powerful architecture. The book will support you in the writing of innovative and complex extensions. Starting from the beginning, we will cover how to set up a development environment that allows you to be really efficient in your functionality writing, including GIT registering and many other development tools. We then move on to provide a large overview of the best practices to scale your module in a high-load environment. After these foundations, you will see how to use test driven-development (TDD) and unit tests to handle your code. We then build a complex extension together, step by step, and internationally-ready. Next, you will find out how to protect the users’ data. Finally, we will take a look a publishing the extension on the new Magento Connect marketplace and how to protect your intellectual property. After you read this book, you will know everything you need to know to become an invaluable extension editor, whether it is for your customers’ needs or for your own requirements.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Magento Extensions Development
About the Author
About the Reviewer

Chapter 1. Introduction to Extension Development

Before I was a Magento Developer, I sold fair trade music from my own e-commerce website. Ten years ago, it was difficult to propose a technically new website to buy and download music from hundreds of artists; so much so that I spent all my time developing this part. There were a lot of other functionalities to develop, such as the customer relationship interface, the artist relationship interface, and much more; I said to myself that they would arrive later.

Later, my society, DiskOverMusic, began to organize concerts; what an exciting new challenge! Concert halls, technicians, lights, drinks, there were thousands of things to do for it. But how could I sell tickets to the millions of fans?.

Now, Magento exists and offers us a fantastic playground to develop everything our clients need in order to make the Internet innovative and secure. Standard development and the Magento framework allow you to develop clean, fast, and secure code to bring new functionalities to the community.

In our very first chapter, we will discuss the need for complex extensions in the Magento Marketplace. We will discover that marketable extensions fulfil a complex purpose.

Thanks to Magento, we will create TicketBlaster, a module which will enable a store owner to sell seated tickets to events at a venue.

Magento is an out of the box e-commerce platform with many features, such as catalog navigation, promotion rules, tax rules, reports, and order management, which enable the store owner to begin to sell his products. However, all this out of the box functionality does not allow him to differentiate his store from others, interface with third party web applications, and offer good quality marketing and social services to the customer, as well as—maybe the most important requirement—providing an answer to the specificities of the profession the store owner needs.

Thus, Magento's community, composed of hundreds of developers and editors, distribute a lot of free and paid complex extensions in the Magento Marketplace. The extensions cover usage in customer experience (gifts, social, and so on), site management (administration, automations, and so on), integrations (payment, shipping, gateways, and so on), marketing (ads, email marketing, SEO, and so on), tech utilities, and themes. We will explore the Marketplace in detail in Chapter 8. Optimization for Teamwork Development.

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Creating an extension

  • Registering dependencies with Composer

  • Managing our work with Git source control