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After version 1.7, PrestaShop underwent a host of changes, including migration to a Symfony-based system from an outdated legacy code.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


In this chapter, we saw that all FO pages are generated by controllers located in the /controllers/front/ folder. All those controllers are child classes of the FrontController class defined in the /classes/controller/FrontController.php file. The FrontController class is a child of the Controller class defined in the /classes/controller/Controller.php file.

While Controller defines the generic life cycle of both BO and FO controllers, FrontController prepares all the general e-commerce data for the views and makes sales possible.

Finally, we saw in the CmsController example that FO controllers can manipulate the database with the help of the ObjectModel child classes. They can define which template to use to generate the view with Smarty.

This explanation can be tough for beginners, but even if you don’t need to know all of that to create a module, it is interesting to master the whole process behind FO controllers. In the next chapter, we will jump into the...