This book is intended primarily for intermediate to professional PHP developers who are
interested in Magento 2 development. For backend developers, several topics are covered
that will enable you to modify and extend your Magento store. Frontend developers will
also find some coverage on how to customize the look of a site in the frontend.
Given the massive code and structure changes, Magento version 2.x can be described as a
platform that is significantly different from its predecessor. Keeping this in mind, this
book will neither assume nor require previous knowledge of Magento 1.x.
What You Will Learn
- How to setup production environment of Magento 2
- Learn new concepts and conventions used in Magento 2
- Create a simple module from scratch in for Magento 2
- Learn about models and collections of Magento 2
- Understand and practice backend development
- Learn basic frontend development such as blocks, layouts, templates of Magento 2
- Getting to know about Magento 2 API
- Testing Magento 2 extensions and custom Magento templates
What this book covers:
Chapter 1: Understanding the Platform Architecture, gives a high-level overview of the
technology stack, architectural layers, top-level system structure, and individual module
Chapter 2:Managing the Environment, gives an introduction to VirtualBox, Vagrant, and
Amazon AWS as platforms to set up development and production environments. It further
provides hands-on examples to set up/script Vagrant and Amazon EC2 boxes.
Chapter 3:Programing Concepts and Conventions, introduces readers to a few seemingly
unrelated but important parts of Magento, such as composer, service contracts, code
generation, the var directory, and finally, coding standards.
Chapter 4:Models and Collections, takes a look into models, resources, collections,
schemas, and data scripts. It also shows the practical CRUD actions that are applied to an
entity alongside filtering collections.
Chapter 5:Using the Dependency Injection, guides readers through the dependency
injection mechanism. It explains the role of an object manager, how to configure class
preferences, and how to use virtual types.
Chapter 6:Plugins, gives a detailed insight into the powerful new concept called plugins.
It shows how easy it is to extend, or add to, an existing functionality using the
Chapter 7:Backend Development, takes readers through a hands-on approach to what is
mostly considered backend-related development bits. These involve cron jobs, notification
messages, sessions, cookies, logging, profiler, events, cache, widgets, and so on.
Chapter 8:Frontend Development, uses a higher-level approach to guide the reader
through what is mostly considered frontend-related development. It touches on rendering
Chapter 9:The Web API, takes up a detailed approach to the powerful Web API provided
by Magento. It gives hands-on practical examples to create and use both REST and SOAP,
either through the PHP cURL library, or from the console.
Chapter 10:The Major Functional Areas, adopts a high-level approach towards
introducing readers with some of the most common sections of Magento. These include
CMS, catalog and customer management, and products and customer import. It even
shows how to create a custom product type and a shipping and payment method.
Chapter 11:Testing, gives an overview of the types of test that are available in Magento. It
further shows how to write and execute a custom test.
Chapter 12:Building a Module from Scratch, shows the entire process of developing a
module, which uses most of the features introduced in the previous chapters. The final
result is a module that has admin and storefront interface, an admin configuration area, e-
mail templates, installed schema scripts, tests, and so on
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