The Professional Guide to Programming Joomla!
Joomla! is the world's hottest open-source content management
system, and the winner of the 2006 Open Source CMS Prize. Out of
the box, Joomla! does a great job of managing the content needed to
make your website sing. 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. Many companies or organizations have
requirements that go beyond what is available in the basic Joomla!
package or in a freely available extension. Thankfully, Joomla!
offers a powerful application framework that makes it easy for
developers to create sophisticated add-ons that extend the power of
Joomla! into virtually unlimited directions.
If you use PHP programming to extend or customize Joomla!, this
book is essential reading. 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
development with Joomla!, you will learn about best-practice design
and coding for Joomla! components, modules, plugins and other
You will also learn about customizing the page output, using
and ensuring that your code is secure and error-free.
A unique and comprehensive reference to the main areas of
interest within the Joomla! framework is also included in the
What you will learn from this book?
In-depth guide to programming Joomla!
Design and build secure and robust components, modules and
Includes a comprehensive reference to the major areas of the
Packed with expert advice and tips, this book is an invaluable
reference guide that you will turn to again and again as you work
Who this book is written for?
PHP developers who want to understand how Joomla! works with a
view to advanced customization or extension development, and want
to learn how to work with the Joomla! framework.
Joomla!'s directory and URI structure along with a brief
overview of its libraries
Joomla's common classes, variables and constants crucial for
creating Joomla! extensions
Extending the database, following conventions for database
schema, and common fields
Storing common types of data in standard fields and dealing
with multilingual requirements.
Getting data from the Joomla! database
Using the JTable class to display and edit tables of cells
Designing components using the MVC design pattern
Configuring the component and its various elements and
Packaging components with the required install and uninstall
Getting modules and components to work together
Writing, loading, and translating plugins
Working with Joomla!'s registry
Working with the User, Session, and Browser classes
Render output and maintain consistency throughout the
Controlling paging of lists
Creating and using Web Services in Joomla!
Handling errors, warnings and notices
Building secure Joomla! extensions
Working with dates, arrays, tree structures and other Joomla!
An in-depth reference guide to the most significant parts of
the Joomla! framework