- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Musketeers.Me, LLC (30 May 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0973862173
- ISBN-13: 978-0973862171
- Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 1 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,880,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
PHP/Architect's Guide to E-Commerce Programming with Magento Paperback – 30 May 2008
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This highly anticipated book will give you the insight you need to successfully manage and customize your Magento Commerce installation. php|architect's Guide to Programming with Magento takes you from installation to deployment of this popular e-commerce open source software. Magentos flexibility and Zend Framework-based structure have made it an increasingly popular e-commerce solution. Designed as a valuable companion to the the documentation provided on the Magento web site, this comprehensive book covers everything you as a developer need to know, including: - Installation and configuration - Basic understanding of Magento Commerce features and functions - Overview of front-end and back-end systems - Dealing with multiple stores - Accommodating multiple languages & internationalization issues - Handling Magento modules - Working with the Magento template system - Understanding Magento's EAV database structure - Made-to-order products - Adding a rewards or points system - Integration with a CMS - Accounting, inventory and order fulfillment and exporting information with XML - An entire chapter devoted to quick answers to common questions
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I would love the book to be more specific and with examples.
I would recommend this book but I am on the lookout for other Magento books that come out
What readers need to realize with this book is that this was written for a class that is online through the company php|Architect. And if you research the class on Magento you have quite a few prerequisites before you can take the Magento class. To me, in this book what make's it hard is that the writers where not starting a book for absolute beginners, sure it helps for beginning Magento users, but assume you know PHP and the Zend Framework. If you are to make absolute 100% use of this book and comprehend some of the info, I suggest making sure you have a fairly decent knowledge in PHP and the Zend Framework which Magento is built on. If you do some research you can find the books that were created by the same publisheers (php|architect) taht should help ease the reading. I believe with a wide knowledge on this stuff this book would be me easier to read. Also try messing with Magento for a couple weeks before you purchase this book, that way you'll be able to understand some of the code and file structure.
All in all I'd give this 4. A 4 only because how vast this software is, there's only 171 pages including the index... With all the updates this software gets, this book can only cover so much. You'll still find yourself in the wiki/forum area looking for answers to something.
Magento is a project that is in a constant state of change.
This is a "NanoBook" by PHP|Architect, the purpose is to provide the user with a quick run through the system. With that limit in mind, I think this book exceeded my expectation.
Here are some of my points on the book:
- The author opens with an explanation on how to setup your system to develop locally. This is a plus for anyone not already doing this.
- He explains the database model chosen by the Magento developers.
- He shows the reader how to alter the product display page to change the quantity of tagged products with a drop down.
- CMS Integration (Honestly I skimmed through this one only cause I didn't need this)
- The next module is the Made To Order. Not exactly what I needed but after reading it I realized that was exactly every section in the system I need to alter to get my install customized how I needed it.
- The next module was the Reward/Points system. Great because it shows you how to modify the coupon system. Also how to display information on the admin side.
- The BackEnd Integration goes into creating a REST style system which any developer can easily take and adapt it into a SOAP or XMLRPC system. Instead of letting the reader figure out security for themselves the author provides his system.
- The final chapter in the book, has a FAQ which immediately answered a question I had. Including a note on testing your code without having to integrate it into the system.
I recommend this book to any PHP developer who wants to get started on altering Magento Commerce. When compared to the information that is currently out there this book is King!