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Mastering Joomla! 1.5 Extension and Framework Development by Chuck Lanham, James Kennard

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Chapter 2. Getting Started

To design and develop extensions for Joomla!, we must begin by understanding its basic design and how it operates. This chapter is, by design, highly technical, and experienced Joomla! developers may wish to quickly scan it. Understanding how Joomla! operates at its core is important to building efficient and well-designed extensions. This chapter will get us started by:

  • Providing the core concepts behind Joomla!
  • Describing the actions necessary to process an input request and return an output response
  • Giving a brief discussion on some of the coding aspects
  • Explaining how to use some of the more common Joomla! elements.

A quick object lesson

Joomla! is primarily written in PHP, an object-oriented server-based scripting language. ...

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