Two Unique Challenges That Newbie Developers Face With Magento
Many developers start working with Magento for the first time after having gained experience with other eCommerce platforms. It is also possible that Magento is the very first platform they face as a first-time developer. Working with Magento definitely is an advantage. This is where many developers come to grips with the different aspects of web development and integrating these together. At the same time, web developers come to learn many important lessons about how eCommerce websites are structured. Magento is also a large as well as complex platform, which is equipped with an equally powerful setup.
To begin with, there are enormous advantages as well as learning opportunities that the platform offers. However, it presents a series of challenges for new developers. The two of the biggest challenges that Magento throws to new developers are: a. The Magento File Layout and b. Rewriting of the modules and blocks.
a. The Magento File Layout
Magento presents a steeper learning curve for new Magento developers who encounter its Magento File Layout system for the first time. With over 30,000 files, it can be initially difficult for the new developer to come to terms with. Once the developer understands the file layout, they can quickly see that it offers a vast array of advantages. It is possible to quickly navigate the content and see which files and functions have been made, redone or overwritten. Thus it is easier to find problems and solutions more effectively.
b. Rewriting of the modules as well as blocks
Magento presents yet another significant challenge to new developers in the form of doing basic rewrites of modules. Certain aspects need to be taken care of while rewriting the modules/blocks:
- Ensuring that the new module has the appropriate position in the file structure. Moreover, it is within the appropriate directory.
- The new file must have a config.xml file. This is to indicate which block of code to rewrite. This file will become located in the /etc directory of the new modules directory. Also, the new file usually extends the core file.
- It is necessary that the new xml file be created within your app/etc/modules directory to let Magento know where the rewrite is located
Though this may not seem a lot, the suggestion for new developers is that they need to go carefully through a range of online Magento tutorials or Magento PHP developer guides, especially by A. MacGregor.
Once that the developers have got the hang of rewriting modules, you will have the ability to customize specific aspects of your website’s functionality. This is an important aspect that you have learnt because this will give you the ability to change any given block of code without changing the original file that is associated with it. This does away with the worry about losing the core functionality or even redundantly writing code that Magento has already taken care of.
Magento is an extremely powerful eCommerce platform, hence it presents even more challenges to the developers in the form of its mighty depths that they have to delve into. Let us hope that Magento developers learn a lot from their initial experiences with Magento to become seasoned developers.