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I understand Craft Templating pretty well, but when it comes to programmation I am entirely lost, I don't get how it works. I used to use CodeIgniter a lot, which is a MVC as you guys may know. In CodeIgniter, everything goes through the controller, then in the controller, I call models. In models, I interact with database and then return the data to the controller and then display a view. In Craft, it doesn't seems to work like this. Is there any good tutorials for "programming" in Craft or develop a plugin? Like how controllers, models, services and events works? Or is there any good people willing to help me?

I want to use Craft so much, I just need to understand it before I use it at large for my client's projects.

I appreciate your help.

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  • This seems to be a duplicate of this question. See if that doesn't help. If you have a more specific question, please ask — we'll be glad to help. Additionally, you might want to check out a plugin called BusinessLogic which provides a nice plugin template for getting started. – Douglas McDonald Dec 16 '14 at 20:35
  • Hi, thanks for your answer. I did some reverse engineering on a plugin to see how things work. It seems that "models" in codeIgniter are "services" in Craft and "models" are used to validate data. I can accomplish what I need to do but it would be great if I could understand the basics. – JeePee Dec 16 '14 at 21:21
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    Check out the plugin development docs. They provide a pretty good overview of the different components. – Douglas McDonald Dec 16 '14 at 21:42
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We just published a video course on Craft plugin development that might help you. https://mijingo.com/products/screencasts/craft-plugin-development/

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    Pay almost 50 bucks for the lack of documentation? That's ridiculous. – Stalinko Feb 16 '18 at 17:38
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You can have https://pluginfactory.io generate the Craft CMS plugin framework for you.

If you're writing a plugin for Craft CMS 3, this may help you as well: So You Wanna Make a Craft 3 Plugin?

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You can find the plugin development docs here

There is also the cocktail recipes plugin by Adrian Macneil inspired on the docs

Both will give you a pretty good understanding of how plugins, controllers, models, services, ... work

You can also find lots of free / open source plugins on straightupcraft.

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  • I know this answer is a couple years old, so no disrespect... but at this point, the Cocktail Recipes plugin is extremely outdated, and shouldn't be used as a reference point for learning plugin development. – Lindsey D Jun 24 '16 at 22:11
  • @LindseyD Do you know if there is a Craft 3 plugin that would be good to start learning plugin development? I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed right now. – Jim Pannell Aug 24 '18 at 11:53

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