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Learning Joomla! 1.5 Extension Development by Joseph L. LeBlanc

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Topic overview

This book will cover the following topics regarding the development of extensions for Joomla!:

  • Creating toolbars and list screens
  • Maintaining a consistent look, and reducing repetitive code by using HTML functions
  • Accessing the database and managing records
  • Security, and the preferred way of getting request variables
  • Menu item control
  • Controlling the logic flow within a component
  • Configuration through XML parameters
  • Packaging and distributing

Let's take an overview of these topics.

Creating toolbars and list screens

Joomla! has a standard set of toolbar buttons that are used throughout the backend. These provide a consistent appearance across components so that users quickly become familiar with the corresponding functions. When necessary, ...

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