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After version 1.7, PrestaShop underwent a host of changes, including migration to a Symfony-based system from an outdated legacy code.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

Discovering how a legacy-based BO controller works

We learned in Chapter 3, The Front Office, that all the controllers were children of the Controller class and studied the features added by the FrontController class. For BO controllers, we will follow the same steps, but as we know the life cycle of a Controller class, we won’t repeat the explanation, and instead, we will dive directly inside the specificities of BO controllers.

We will use a practical example by exploring the AdminCart controller, which is accessible in the BO of PrestaShop inside the Orders Menu , from the Shopping Carts link. The URL structure of this controller uses the following pattern: https://www.domainname.ext/adminXXX/index.php?controller=AdminCarts&token=abcdef1234.

As we saw in Chapter 2, Configuration and Initialization of PrestaShop, the legacy-based BO controllers are instantiated by the Dispatcher if no routes are found by the Symfony router. In that case, Dispatcher manages the initialization...