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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


The book will support you in the writing of innovative and complex extensions. Starting at the beginning, this book will cover how to set up a development environment, such as GIT registering and many other development tools, which allows you to be really efficient in your functionality writing. We will then move on to a broad overview of the best practices for scaling your module in a high-load environment. After these foundations, we will see how to use Test-Driven Development (TDD) and unit tests to handle our code. We will build a complex, international-ready extension together step by step. Next, we will see how to protect the final user's data.

Finally, we will see how to publish the extension to the new Magento Connect marketplace and protect your intellectual property.

After reading this book, you will have learned everything you need to become an invaluable extension editor, whether it is for your customers' needs or for your own requirements.

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Introduction to Extension Development, will discuss the need for complex extensions in Magento Marketplace. We will discover that marketable extensions fulfil a complex purpose and begin to write the foundations of our extension.

Chapter 2, Deeper Extension Development, continues to develop our extension and add some backend capabilities.

Chapter 3, Best Practices and Scaling for the Web, covers the creation of a new product type. We will design and study all the techniques used to speed up our code and think about security first.

Chapter 4, Magento and Test-driven Development, will discover TDD and how Magento handles PHPUnit tests in order to guarantee your customers the best extension.

Chapter 5, Internationalization, will talk about how to localize our module's contents and functionalities.

Chapter 6, Optimizing for Speed and Measuring Conversion Rates, will concentrate our efforts on performance: how to measure the speed and resources the code uses and what impact we can have on speed.

Chapter 7, Module Creation Etiquette, covers how to ensure that you will provide the best trustworthy extension in the market.

Chapter 8, Optimization for Teamwork Development, will cover the basics of project sharing and how to speed up development in a small or big team.

Chapter 9, Magento Marketplace, will provide information on how to publish the code on Magento Marketplace and what to know to ensure that your extension will be validated.

What you need for this book

As a Magento developer, you already have a local web server such as Apache or Nginx and a database server such as MySQL. The book will discuss and explain all the other tools you will need for this book.

Who this book is for

If you want to write a specific customization or a large, new, and full-featured extension to Magento 2, this book is intended for you. You must be an intermediate-to-professional-level developer in PHP to appreciate this book.


In this book, you will find a number of text styles that distinguish between different kinds of information. Here are some examples of these styles and an explanation of their meaning.

Code words in text, database table names, folder names, filenames, file extensions, pathnames, dummy URLs, user input, and Twitter handles are shown as follows: "Create a Helper class of the extension by adding the following code into the Helper[extension_path]/Helper/Event.php"

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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<config xmlns:xsi="" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:Module/etc/module.xsd">
<module name="Blackbird_TicketBlaster" setup_version="1.0.0" />

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<router id="standard">
<route id="events" frontName="events">
<module name="Blackbird_TicketBlaster" />

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php bin/magento module:enable
php bin/magento setup:upgrade

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