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== Recommended Reading ==
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* [[Joomla Beginning Developer Course]]
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==Intro to Component Development==
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* [[Components:xml installfile]].  An example component XML installation file. {{JVer|1.5}}
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* [[Supporting SEF URLs in your component]]
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* [[Using the JHtmlTabs class in a component]] {{JVer|1.6}} {{JVer|1.7}} {{JVer|2.5}}
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* [[Using the editor in a component]]
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* [[Adding AJAX to your component]]
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* [[Ajax using MooTools]]
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* [[How to add breadcrumbs]]
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* [[Sending email from extensions]]
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* [[Using the JToolBar class in the frontend]]
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* [[Creating a toolbar for your component]]
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* [[Creating a file uploader in your component]]
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* [[Adding Javascript moo.fx to your component]]
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* [[Adding view layout configuration parameters]]
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* [[Using a custom image in the menu bar title]]
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* [[How to implement XML-RPC in a component]]
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* [[Using multiple models in an MVC component]]
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* [[How to create a modal form field in 1.6/1.7]] {{JVer|1.6}} {{JVer|1.7}}
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* [[JController and its subclass usage overview]] {{JVer|1.6}} {{JVer|1.7}}
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<small>List of all articles belonging to the categories "Tutorials" AND "Component Development"</small>
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Latest revision as of 15:12, 8 October 2013

Contents

This page contains many links to selected documentation concerning Component Development for Joomla 2.5 and Joomla 3.1. A good place to start is with the Intro to Component Development articles below as they provide a good introductory base of knowledge to build on.

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What is a Joomla! Component

A component is a kind of Joomla! extension. Components are the main functional units of Joomla!; they can be seen as mini-applications. An easy analogy would be that Joomla! is the operating system and the components are desktop applications. They are usually displayed in the center of the main content area of a template (depending on the template).

Most components have two main parts: an administrator part and a site part. The site part is what is used to render pages when being called during normal site operation. The administrator part provides an interface to configure and manage different aspects of the component and is accessible through the Joomla! administrator application.

Joomla! comes with a number of core components, like the content management system, contact forms and Web Links.

See also: Module, Plugin, Template

Intro to Component Development

There are many articles, tutorials, references and FAQs which focus on component development. If this is your first time developing a component for Joomla, you should start with the Absolute Basics of How a Component Functions. If needed, you can visualise the control flow of a component with these diagrams.

Next, you will want to read our  Joomla 2.5 Joomla 3.x MVC tutorial    Developing a Model-View-Controller Component. Remember to familiarise yourself with Joomla! Secure coding guidelines and Development Best Practices.

Once you have read the tutorial and/or tried the example component, you can focus more on the specifics of your component with additional articles. These are listed on the Component Development Portal or any of the supporting Portals for Development(Plugins, Modules or Templates).


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