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Best Practices for Magento Developers

When it comes to ecommerce the first framework that attracts developers and architects is Magento. Due to its versatile MVC it is very easy for customization. With most of the requirements inbuilt, there is very less left for developers to work on (except theming). With the use of popular technologies, evolving structures and increasing community this open source platform is gaining more and more popularity day by day. Due to use of latest technologies, it is very important to have deep knowledge of framework to develop a standard code/module. We find a lot of modules and ready plugins online, but before using them checking code standardization and best practices are a must. These parameters directly affects your store performance which directly affects the sales.

Every developer attains a level of experience where they develop their own standard development techniques and best practices. Here are our best practices:

Never Ever Use Core Files/Folders for Custom Code

Always extend existing core files to make sure the extension/customization is restored after Magento version upgrade. Magento releases new versions and security patches frequently, which on updating in our system restores or changes the core files. In case of any changes done in core files directly, one will miss every changes.

Establish Coding Standards

Defining a coding standards and guidelines to that is your unique style of writing your code is important, which comes with an experience. Magento have established their coding standards based on Zend coding standards, PSR2, and PSR4. These guidelines are important for any individual or Magento development services providers.

Documentation

A good programmer will always use PHPDoc in their project. In case of getting lost or problems/bugs it’s easier to refer documents to understand the system. As a developer it is mandatory to facilitate the next developer who will be working on your code in future, that is what is expected from an experienced and professional developer.

Write Reusable Code

Copy pasting code throughout the application is the worst coding technique, code redundancy is not easy to maintain and when there is a change required it becomes impossible to track all events. Instead using OOPS (Object Oriented Programming System), using this you can write a single class and refer it where ever needed in your application. This makes it easy for the next developer to understand the logic and make further changes as required and the code can be reused. Also, make sure to reuse your code as much as possible in order to avoid the duplication.

Use Magento Generic CSS classes

A good programmer will always use PHPDoc in their project. In case of getting lost or problems/bugs it’s easier to refer documents to understand the system. As a developer it is mandatory to facilitate the next developer who will be working on your code in future, that is what is expected from an experienced and professional developer.

Avoid Creating Helper Classes

Helper classes are basically utility classes are the static methods which are meant for the particular modules and they do not fit anywhere. These are not reusable and works opposite to OOPS principles. For example, if you have created ClassABC and ClassABC Helper using static functions that work on ClassABC, then consider refactoring those functions into ClassABC.

Consistency With Case and Naming Conventions

Magento is extremely conservative about the naming conventions for files, folders, methods, and classes. This makes it easier to read also Magento file/folder naming conventions have a meaning to it which makes it easier to understand and debug if need be. This gives your code a neat and professional look while being easy for anyone to understand and remember. Not following Magento naming conventions can lead to violation of the code standards and impact the maintainability and readability of your extensions.

These are few best practices that a Magento developer can follow. There are many precautions to be taken and practices to be followed to ensure bug-free, stable and optimal application. You can also get in touch with us to understand more about our way of development and coding using maximum best practices.


 

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Ambab is one of the leading Magento Development Company. we specialize in enhancing and customizing Magento to create high performance ecommerce websites that fuel business growth. Whether you are looking at extending the functionality of your existing Magento ecommerce website or looking at building one from scratch, our team of Magento developers can help you achieve consistent project success.