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Practical Module development for Prestashop 8

By : Louis AUTHIE
Book Image

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After version 1.7, PrestaShop underwent a host of changes, including migration to a Symfony-based system from an outdated legacy code.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

The legacy BO and Symfony admin controller initialization

As explained in the first chapter, all the old controllers of the BO rely on the legacy core of PrestaShop, while modern controllers use the Symfony framework. During the migration of the controllers from the old BO to Symfony, we need to access all of them.

We will now study this by reverse engineering the way both types are initialized.

The legacy BO controller initialization

After the PrestaShop setup, you are given the BO base URL, which is structured like this: https://www.urlofthewebsite.extension/adminXXX, with XXX as a random sequence of digits provided by the PrestaShop installation. It is different in every shop for security reasons.

If you browse the website folder structure, you will find the /adminXXX/ folder.

Let’s do reverse engineering of the login page of the BO. Its URL follows this pattern: https://www.urlofthewebsite.extension/adminXXX/index.php?controller=AdminLogin.

In fact, it...