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TYPO3 Extension Development

By : Dmitry Dulepov, Adrian Zimmerman
Book Image

TYPO3 Extension Development

By: Dmitry Dulepov, Adrian Zimmerman

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (13 chapters)

TYPO3-Specific Planning

There are several planning issues specific to TYPO3. Developers must take care of them before the actual development.

Extension Keys

Each extension must have a unique key. Extension keys can be alphanumeric and contain underscore characters. It may not start with a digit, the letter u, or the test_ prefix. However, not every combination of these symbols makes a good extension key.

An extension key must be descriptive but not too long. Having personal or company prefixes is not forbidden but is not recommended. Underscores should be avoided. Abbreviations should be avoided as well, because they often do not make sense for other users.

Examples of good extension keys are:

  • news

  • comments

  • usertracker

  • loginbox

Examples of bad extension keys are:

  • news_extension

  • mycorp_ustr

  • myverygoodextensionthatdoesalotofthings

  • mvgetdalot

  • john_ext

  • div2007

Database Structure

Most TYPO3 extensions use a database to load and/or store their own data. Changing the data structure during application development...