Category Magento

Magento Cloud and Magento Marketplace Walkthrough

This blog is a walkthrough at how Magento Cloud and Magento Marketplace can be used together. I put this together as an exploration of development flows and experiences, and to share a bit more about the two products for those interested. What I personally am particularly interested in is exploring the potential experience for low […]

Request for Extension Developer Feedback (Quick Note)

Magento has released a Release Candidate for 2.1. This post is a request for extension developer feedback on the process around this RC so we can learn and improve our processes. Here are example questions that we would like feedback on, but all other feedback welcome. Has it been useful to get a RC before […]

Magento 2 Community Project: Moving from Less to Sass

What! After all these endless debates Magento 2 might move from Less to Sass?! TL;DR: Yes. History One of the original reasons for selecting Less over Sass was at the time there was no PHP implementation of a Sass preprocessor. There was also no clear winner between Less and Sass in the market. While this […]

Determining Marketplace Package Names

With Magento Marketplace, you can purchase extensions and have them added to your personal Magento Marketplace Composer repository, hosted at https://repo.magento.com. Using this repository you can access all Composer packages you have permission to access. This includes all CE packages, possibly EE packages (if you have a license), and any specific extensions you have purchased. […]

Development Environment Approaches Update (Quick Note)

A few people asked me recently on progress on “development environments”, which I am currently looking into. This is just a quick update because tweets are too short – especially for me!!  There is not much new content here over previous posts. SDLC Phases Let’s first talk about the typical phases in development – the […]

Simulating Cache Hit Rates

Running performance benchmarks measures systems under real load, but takes a fair bit of effort. Simulations can help understand the characteristics of a system with a lot less effort (and somewhat less accuracy). For this blog post I knocked up a quick PHP script to simulate random hits to a page cache to explore the […]

Fastly and Magento

This is a quick post on some of the technical benefits of Fastly and how it can be used with a Magento store. This is not intended as an endorsement of Fastly over other CDN offerings – it is just some technical information on Fastly that I think is interesting. Note: Magento Cloud has announced […]

Vagrant vs Docker for Development?

I apologize in advance if this starts a religious war – that is not my intent. But I have been thinking hard about Docker versus Vagrant for building development environments. I wanted to share my current thinking and welcome constructive feedback. (And if you found this article at random on the web, the following discussion is […]

“Hey Magento, what is my stock level?”

I have a new girlfriend… at least that is what my wife has been telling me recently. When I got back from Imagine 2016 a bright shiny new Amazon Echo had arrived. I was looking forward to endless hours of fun trying to program up this new toy. I must admit I was a little […]

Cloud Based Development Environments

  A few months back someone pointed me at cloud based PHP development environments. This was a new one for me. Really? Develop PHP applications in a web browser? Zero installation required? Are you serious? Well, after a few great technical discussions with the folks at Codeanywhere.com over the last few months, I am happy […]