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After version 1.7, PrestaShop underwent a host of changes, including migration to a Symfony-based system from an outdated legacy code.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

What Are Modules? Let’s Create a Hello World Module

In the first part of this book, we discovered how PrestaShop is structured, how it works, and the way it is being moved to a Symfony-based system. Even if it was sometimes a bit technical and abstract, it is important to have good knowledge of the full environment for what we will now work on, the modules.

As a PHP developer, your customers will ask you to modify the behavior of PrestaShop and add features. You could try to solve those tasks by finding the responsible files (controllers, views, or object models) and modifying them directly from the core, but you would have to ensure that your software can follow the updates cycle. In the case of PrestaShop, if you modify one of the files of the PrestaShop core manually so as to customize your shop, it will work, but your changes will be erased by the next update as new versions of the modified files are likely to replace your old ones.

Just as with other CMSes such as...