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After version 1.7, PrestaShop underwent a host of changes, including migration to a Symfony-based system from an outdated legacy code.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

We know how the system acts from the HTTP request to the controller instantiation, both for front office (FO) and back office (BO) controllers. Understanding the behavior of a front controller will make things easier to understand when we have to create our own modules also containing some kinds of front controllers.

We will follow this process to discover how things are done:

  • Discovering how an FO controller works
  • Using the model
  • Using the views from the theme

By the end of this chapter, we will have mastered how a front controller works and the details of its life cycle, how object model child objects are manipulated, how theme templates are called, and how objects are assigned to Smarty views.

Let’s see how things work from the FO instantiation to the view display on the browser.