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After version 1.7, PrestaShop underwent a host of changes, including migration to a Symfony-based system from an outdated legacy code.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

Using the model

While exploring CmsController, we saw that the init() method contained this portion of code:

if ($id_cms = (int) Tools::getValue('id_cms')) {
  $this->cms = new CMS($id_cms,

This code is important because it selects data from the database for the CMS page with id_cms equaling the id_cms GET variable value. It is a good example for us to review:

if ($id_cms = (int) Tools::getValue('id_cms')) {

This code is storing the value of the id_cms GET variable retrieved with the help of Tools::getValue('id_cms'). If the id_cms GET variable doesn’t exist, it won’t work. Feel free to inspect the /classes/Tools.php file if you want to know more about the Tools::getValue(key, $default_value = false) definition.

The following code stores in the $cms variable the CMS object instance extending...