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General Direction for creating a custom Plugin

Question asked by newsomjk newsomjk on Mar 9, 2015
Latest reply on Mar 11, 2015 by Rolustech Rolustech
I'm trying to figure out how to develop for CRMs, I've only ever dealt with plain PHP coding & CMSes. We're using SugarCRM 6.5.

From what I gather all there is in SugarCRM is Modules. I've created a module for my project and I have it "displaying" in accounts (it lists the module in the account view page, but there's no data yet).

My problem is, we intend for the data to generate via our API when the account is viewed. So we would click on an account, and then automatically down in that module's panel, the data would be generated from custom php code & our api. Now I'm trying to figure out if this means I need to hack the account code to do something on-view? Or is this even possible, would I need to make a button on the module view that generates the data?

I just don't know where exactly I'm supposed to go from here. The module builder / studio are nice for getting the foundation set up, but it doesn't seem to do much in the way of custom usability.