Create smashing SilverStripe applications by extending modules, creating themes, and adding widgets
The first and only book that focuses on extending SilverStripe sites
Step-by-step instructions covering everything you need to know for getting started with making the most of the core functionality, developing modules, creating themes, and adding widgets
Build a fun, real-world example application without breaking a sweat
Reviewed by Sigurd Magnusson, co-founder of SilverStripe, and Ingo Schommer, development manager at SilverStripe
SilverStripe, with its simple and intuitive design, is easy to work with and offers numerous customization opportunities. But understanding the options available and getting hands-on with the development techniques is not a piece of cake and certainly not a delightful experience if you're relying on tutorials and documentation available online.
Silverstripe 2.4 Module Extension, Themes, and Widgets: Beginner's Guide takes you through designing catchy and flexible templates, adding powerful features effortlessly, integrating everything into an intuitive backend for easy administration in a simple way, and implementing nifty features with minimal effort. From the most basic to complex forms, from simple to sophisticated pages, you'll learn how to get the most out of your SilverStripe application. SilverStripe keeps everything nice and simple, but if you need to, you can extend and customize every part of it. Graphic examples illustrate the general principle of operation, gradually introducing the finer details needed to get professional results. Common requirements such as image galleries, site search, and more can be reused or extended to fulfill your needs.
The author's experience in designing and developing SilverStripe projects enables him to share insights on creating professional web applications in a clear and friendly way.
You will start off with creating your own templates – covering the general layout, while also taking search engine optimization into consideration. Next, you will look at the logic driving your web application, and the database. Using these basic concepts, you will start building more advanced features. These include the integration of Google Maps, Twitter and Facebook, image galleries, the handling of user-supplied information, your own full-text search, and more. Finally, you'll even translate and internationalize your project. All of this can be easily achieved with SilverStripe.
All of this and quite a bit more is covered by Silverstripe 2.4 Module Extension, Themes and Widgets: Beginner's Guide. Besides general principles, the focus is on reusable code – getting your project started in no time.
A practical guide for extending SilverStripe applications with ease, describing real-life examples right from the start