Mastering Magento [Video]

Franklin Strube

Mastering Magento [Video]
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  • New! Packt Video courses: practical screencast-based tutorials that show you how to get the job done. Bite sized chunks, hands on instructions, and powerful results.
  • Learn how to extend Magento with over two hours of detailed step-by-step video demonstrations
  • Line-by-line code explanations that unravel what goes on under the hood
  • Demystify the Magento admin interface and master the art of creating your own custom product types

Video Details

Language : English
Release Date : Thursday, September 5, 2013
Course Length : 3 hours and 32 mins
ISBN : 1782163948
ISBN 13 : 9781782163947
Author(s) : Franklin Strube
Topics and Technologies : CMS and eCommerce, Video, Open Source

Table of Contents

  1. Installing Magento [27:51 minutes]
    • Preparing Your Server for Magento
    • Installing the Magento Software
    • Alternate Installation via the Command Line Prompt
    • Setting Up Multiple Storefronts

  2. Extending Magento [23:06 minutes]
    • Setting Up Your Development Environment
    • Creating a Module
    • Creating a Frontend Controller
    • Creating Frontend Layouts
    • Creating Blocks and Templates

  3. Extending the Admin [20:51 minutes]
    • Adding a Menu Item in the Admin
    • Adding System Configuration Fields
    • Creating Models
    • Writing Module Installation Scripts
    • Event-Handling and Observers

  4. Mastering the Admin [29:07 minutes]
    • Building Forms
    • Processing Forms
    • Creating Grids
    • Editing Grid Items
    • Grid Mass Actions
    • Exporting Grid Data

  5. Programming the Catalog [27:01 minutes]
    • Creating Custom Product Types
    • Adding Custom Product Attributes
    • Advanced Product Editing
    • Saving Your Product
    • Frontend Product View

  6. Programming the Shopping Cart [39:31 minutes]
    • Cart Item Behavior - Part 1
    • Cart Item Behavior - Part 2
    • Controller Guest Checkout
    • Creating a Custom Payment Method
    • Adding a Step in the Checkout Process
    • Processing Orders

  7. Importing and Exporting Data [17:29 minutes]
    • Introduction to the Dataflow
    • Advanced Dataflow Profiles
    • Writing Your Own Adapter
    • Importing Orders

  8. Advanced Techniques [27:20 minutes]
    • Writing Shell Scripts
    • Bootstrapping Magento for External Applications
    • Debugging with Xdebug - Part 1
    • Debugging with Xdebug - Part 2
    • Debugging with Xdebug - Part 3

Franklin Strube

Franklin Strube, a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology's B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, is now a senior developer at Global Thinking.

Global Thinking is a hybrid marketing agency, printing company, and software development firm located in the Washington, DC area. Its clients include banks, defense contractors, hospitals, hotels, manufacturers, non-profits, publishers, and technology startups. Since 2008, Franklin has played a lead technical role in the development of customized web software solutions for a majority of Global Thinking's clients. Whether it is pushing Magento to its limits as an e-commerce platform, or gluing together disparate systems with some crafty middleware written in PHP, Ruby, or Python, Franklin truly enjoys his work. Although he has been writing technical articles on his personal blog since 2010, Mastering Magento is Franklin's first published work and attempt at sharing his Magento experience with the development community.

You can find Franklin on the web at http://franklinstrube.com.

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What you will learn from this video course

  • Create custom Magento extensions
  • Learn how to add pages and reports to the Magento admin interface
  • Write extensions that enhance Magento's catalog functionality
  • Create custom product types
  • Integrate Magento with other systems using dataflow profiles
  • Extend Magento's one-page checkout and add your own steps to the checkout process
  • Write shell scripts that administer your Magento installation through the command line
  • Troubleshoot Magento code with advanced debugging tools and techniques
  • Track down Magento errors easily using Xdebug for PHP

Who this video course is for

This video course is for developers who will be, or already are, managing a Magento installation. First-hand experience with Magento isn't essential as we're covering the important basics before getting into more advanced techniques. Experienced Magento developers will benefit from the videos, as you dive deeper into the Magento source code to gain a core understanding of its extensibility.

In Detail

Magento is the fastest growing open source e-commerce platform in the world. According to a survey of Alexa's top one million sites in February 2013, Magento powers 26% of all e-commerce sites, and is three times more popular than other platforms in the survey. Now is the time to truly master the Magento platform, as the demand for Magento developers is on the rise.

Mastering Magento will help you take Magento's core offerings to the next level. Even though you may find that Magento fits most of your e-commerce needs out-of-the-box, there are often circumstances that require custom functionality in your Magento store. The materials in this course will expose you to a variety of ways in which you can extend the Magento platform and bend it to your will. By the end of this course you will be capable of writing almost any type of extension in order to accomplish the custom functionality that you need.

You will start building your foundational knowledge of the Magento architecture by following along with a step-by-step installation guide. For those experienced with Magento, this will be more of a refresher. With these basic requirements under your belt, we will move on to module development, including how to customize the admin, catalog, and checkout interfaces.

As you delve deeper into setting up your development environment, you will learn about the basic structure and skeleton of a Magento module. Since Magento's Model-View-Controller (MVC) structure is well-documented on the Internet, we will cover more advanced techniques rather quickly. By the time you're through the first half of this course, you will have mastered the art of extending Magento's admin interface. In the second half, you will learn how to extend the Magento catalog and checkout process by creating your own custom product types. As an example, you will be following along with the author in creating an event registration product type, similar to selling tickets online. Finally, we will close with some advanced techniques that will teach you how to leverage Magento's command-line interface, dataflow profiles, and advanced debugging tools such as Xdebug for PHP.

Mastering Magento will give you great exposure to a variety of ways in which you can extend the Magento platform and truly leverage its power.

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Packt video courses are designed to cover the breadth of the topic in short, hands-on, task-based videos. Each course is divided into short manageable sections, so you can watch the whole thing or jump to the bit you need. The focus is on practical instructions and screencasts showing you how to get the job done.

You will start building your foundational knowledge of the Magento architecture by following along with a step-by-step installation guide. For those experienced with Magento, this will be more of a refresher. With these basic requirements under your belt, we will move on to module development, including how to customize the admin, catalog, and checkout interfaces.

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