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Mastering Magento [Video]

Franklin Strube

Master Magento's modular framework, from installation to execution, with this detailed video course
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Video Details

ISBN 139781782163947
Course Length3 hours and 32 mins

About This Video

  • 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

Who This Video 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.

Table of Contents

Installing Magento
Preparing Your Server for Magento
Installing the Magento Software
Alternate Installation via the Command Line Prompt
Setting Up Multiple Storefronts
Extending Magento
Setting Up Your Development Environment
Creating a Module
Creating a Frontend Controller
Creating Frontend Layouts
Creating Blocks and Templates
Extending the Admin
Adding a Menu Item in the Admin
Adding System Configuration Fields
Creating Models
Writing Module Installation Scripts
Event-Handling and Observers
Mastering the Admin
Building Forms
Processing Forms
Creating Grids
Editing Grid Items
Grid Mass Actions
Exporting Grid Data
Programming the Catalog
Creating Custom Product Types
Adding Custom Product Attributes
Advanced Product Editing
Saving Your Product
Frontend Product View
Programming the Shopping Cart
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
Importing and Exporting Data
Introduction to the Dataflow
Advanced Dataflow Profiles
Writing Your Own Adapter
Importing Orders
Advanced Techniques
Writing Shell Scripts
Bootstrapping Magento for External Applications
Debugging with Xdebug - Part 1
Debugging with Xdebug - Part 2
Debugging with Xdebug - Part 3

What You Will Learn

  • 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

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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