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After version 1.7, PrestaShop underwent a host of changes, including migration to a Symfony-based system from an outdated legacy code.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

Now that we know how a legacy-based front office (FO) controller is initialized, its specificities, and how it uses the model and the views from Smarty, let’s have a look at the back office (BO) controllers by doing a comparison between the legacy-based controllers and the Symfony-based migrated controllers.

Our journey into the BO controllers will go through the following topics:

  • Discovering how a legacy-based BO controller works
  • The most useful tool for recurrent HTML generation – the helper classes
  • Studying how a migrated Symfony BO controller works
  • Using the Symfony Forms
  • The CQRS design pattern inside modern controllers
  • Generating table views by using the Grid component

By the end of this chapter, we will have mastered how the BO works for both generations of controllers, from legacy-based to Symfony-migrated ones. You will know how the legacy Helper class works, as well as new concepts, such as the command query...