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Alan Storm's tutorial and official Magento (I am interested in v1.9, not v2.0) tutorials on this look very difficult and obscure to me. Considering I have actually learned and went through Symfony, Moodle, Wordpress tutorials without any problems (I am an experienced programmer), I am probably learning Magento the wrong way, because it's terribly difficult to digest. What is some of the advice on how to learn Layouts and Blocks of Magento, the right way?

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  • Welcome to Magento SE. You will find this question interesting, it's old and a bit broader but still relevant: magento.stackexchange.com/questions/4696/… This one will probably be closed as opinion based, but my advice did not fit into the comment box, so I added an answer anyways. Reddit or the Magento Forums are a better place for open questions like this, that don't really have a "right" answer. – Fabian Schmengler Sep 29 '16 at 21:12
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Everything from Alan Storm is probably the best technical writing around Magento 1 that you can get.

Did you read his "No Frills Magento Layout" book or just blog posts? The book is covering exactly that topic (layout/blocks/templates), while the blog posts are more vertical (i.e. covering one single aspect in high technical detail) and not so much "getting started" material.

In general, I found books to be helpful at the beginning. You can find a curated list of Magento resources, including books, at https://github.com/aleron75/mageres

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