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Mastering joomla! 1.5 extension and framework development

Mastering joomla! 1.5 extension and framework development

Author: Kennard, J; Lanham, C
Pages: 538
Edition: 2edition
Edition date: 14-07-2010
ISBN: 9781849510523
Price: 55 €

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Extend the power of Joomla! by adding components, modules, plugins, and other extensions
In-depth guide to programming Joomla! 1.5 Framework
Design and build secure and robust components, modules, and plugins
Customize the document properties, add multilingual capabilities, and provide an interactive user experience
Includes a comprehensive reference to the major areas of Joomla!'s common classes, variables, and constants crucial for creating Joomla!
In Detail
Joomla! is one of the world's top open source content management systems, which enables you to build websites and powerful online applications. Out of the box, Joomla! does a great job of managing the content needed to enhance the functionality of your website. But for many people, the true power of Joomla! lies in its application framework that makes it possible for thousands of developers around the world to create powerful add-ons and extensions.
This book will guide you through the complexities of implementing add-ons, components, modules, and plugins in Joomla! 1.5. If you feel that you've mastered the basics of creating Joomla! extensions, then this book will take you to the next level. Packed with expert advice on all aspects of programming with Joomla!, this book is an invaluable reference guide you will turn to again and again for your Joomla! development tasks.
The book starts by explaining the structure and design of the Joomla! Framework. Then we move on to extending and storing data in standard fields and dealing with multilingual requirements. Further, you will discover best practices, design, and coding methods for Joomla! components, modules, plugins, and other extensions. Along the way, you will actually design and create a component, module, and plugin that work together to add functionality to the Joomla! framework.
You will also learn about customizing the page output using JavaScript effects, making use of Web Services from within Joomla! and ensuring that your code is secure and error-free. You will discover how to easily create sophisticated extensions that are robust, user-friendly, and professional by taking advantage of the many libraries and utilities provided by the Joomla! framework. A comprehensive, up-to-date reference to the Joomla! Framework API is also included in the book.
Finally, we will discuss advanced methods for rendering your extensions more robust, secure, and professional.
The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and accurate developer's reference for Joomla!
What you will learn from this book
Understand the structure and design of the Joomla! 1.5 framework and how it operates at its core to develop efficient and well-designed extensions for Joomla!
Extend the database conventions for the database schema and common fields
Access and manipulate the database with the help of JDatabase and JTable classes
Design extensions that work within the Joomla! structure
Incorporate User, Session, Request, and Browser classes in extensions
Organize your code with the Model-View-Controller (MVC) design pattern
Build your own components to manage and present a specific set of data
Enhance our component by creating a module, which will add new functionality to our frontend
Modify your system's functionality without the need to alter existing code
Discover how to add pagination, ordering, filtering, and searching to make your extensions more user-friendly, and increase the chances of having successfully created a commercially winning or freely available extension
Improve your extensions by customizing the document properties, adding multilingual capabilities, and providing an interactive user experience
Access remote third-party services from an application with Joomla!'s API (Application Programming Interface) and web service
Master the techniques of error handling and access control to prevent malicious attacks on your systems
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