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Practical Module development for Prestashop 8

By : Louis AUTHIE
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Practical Module development for Prestashop 8

By: Louis AUTHIE

Overview of this book

After version 1.7, PrestaShop underwent a host of changes, including migration to a Symfony-based system from an outdated legacy code. This migration brought about significant changes for developers, from routine maintenance to module development. Practical Module Development for PrestaShop 8 is curated to help you explore the system architecture, including migrated and non-migrated controllers, with a concise data structure overview. You’ll understand how hooks enable module customization and optimize the CMS. Through the creation of seven modules, you’ll learn about the structure of modules, hook registration, the creation of front-office controllers, and Symfony back-office controllers. By using Doctrine entities, services, CQRS, grids, and forms, you’ll be guided through the creation of standard, payment and carrier modules. Additionally, you'll customize and override themes to achieve your desired e-commerce store look. By the end of this book, you’ll be well equipped to provide modern solutions with PrestaShop that meet client requirements.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)
Part 1 – Understanding How PrestaShop is Structured and How It Works
Part 2 – How to Create Your Own Modules
Part 3 – Customizing Your Theme
Appendix – Module Upgrade, The Hooks Discovery Tool, and Multi-Store Functions

Quick Overview of PrestaShop

Having set up PrestaShop (please see, if you haven’t) and used it, you may know the two main parts of it. As with other content management systems (CMSs) such as WordPress, there’s a public part unrestricted and visible by any visitor of your website named the Front Office (FO), and there’s a restricted part, only visible by employees with email and password authentication, called the Back Office (BO).

In this chapter, we will explain quickly how everything is designed, from the database to the core structure of the FO and the BO, and how they are linked.

In this chapter, we will cover the following main topics:

  • The data model—how and where data is stored
  • The core classes—how the Model-View-Controller (MVC) works

By the end of this chapter, you will know how the database is built, the types of tables, and how the core manages and manipulates entities. You will understand, from a high-level point of view, the MVC structure of FO and BO pages and how some BO pages are being migrated from the legacy-based core to a Symfony-based one.