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The Case for Web Components

TL;DR: This blog provides a quick introduction to web components. A later blog will show how web components can be used on e-commerce sites, including how to address common web storefront performance issues. Web components allow frontend developers to extend the set of available HTML tags a browser understands. For example, a <pinch-zoom-img> web component […]

Server Side Caching Strategies for Modern Web Applications

Modern web application design patterns bring exciting new opportunities for faster and better user experiences. Client Side Rendering (CSR) allows web pages to be more interactive in the browser; Server Side Rendering (SSR), for the first page of a CSR site, can improve indexability and first page load times; Progressive Web Applications can support push […]

Getting into Machine Learning

I am not a deep machine learning expert. This post is intended for those who wanted to learn more about the practical aspects of machine learning – where is the effort really? This series of posts are my experiences as I explore the space.  What is Machine Learning?  So what is Machine Learning in practice? […]

Why My Microsoft Surface Pro is not an iPad

I got a Microsoft Surface Pro as my new laptop replacement. Why did I go with a Surface? It was light (the same weight as my 12.9” iPad Pro so is good for traveling), has good specs (I have the 16GB RAM model which can drive a high a good resolution monitor), and it can […]

Amazon Echo 2?

Last November there were rumors of an Amazon Echo 2 coming with a 7 inch touch screen. I’m not sure I want one. I want one with a 20 inch screen instead! Wall mounted. Is 20 inches too big? For me I want to load up my family photos as well – so its a […]

Moving Magento DevBlog

Dear followers, in case you had not noticed, Magento has launched an official developer blog in the forums, and so most of my work related blogs will be going there now. I may do the occasional more “out there” blogs here still, but if you want to keep up with the latest from the Magento […]

Magento 2 CSS Class Naming (Request for Feedback)

This blog post discusses a possible direction for allocating CSS class names in HTML markup. It briefly describes the current rules, then moves on to a proposal around the adoption of BEM (or a variant thereof). This relates to community work going on (led by SNOW.DOG) around exploring a Sass port of the Magento 2 […]