Magento 2 module from scratch - Introduction

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Magento 2 is quickly becoming something us Magento developers need to learn pretty rapidly as we’ll soon be expected to start building our clients stores on the platform and building extensions. I wanted to take the opportunity to create a simple set of posts which will go over, at a bit of a high level, on how to create a full blown magento 2 module.. with admin management, and unit tests!

So, by the end of this small series of blog posts you will be able to do the following, with ease:

  • Creating a module that is installable via Composer
  • Create controllers and understand how the rewrite system works
  • How blocks, layouts and template work
  • Create models and interact with the database
  • Setup an admin interface to create, edit and delete items from the database.
  • Create unit tests to support all of the above!

What are we going to build?

The end extension will be a fairly basic blog, you’ll be able create blog posts from the admin including editing and deleting them. Then from the frontend you will be able to view a list of all the blog posts, and view each blog post individually. I believe this will allow us to cover all the essentials into building a magento extension!

  1. Basic Module Setup
  2. Setting up our Models & Resource Models
  3. Migrations & Database Schema!
  4. The Frontend: Controllers, Blocks, layouts & views
  5. The Backend: Controllers, Blocks, UI, layouts and views
  6. Unit testing

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