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Developer Tool Framework Experiment for Magento 2

If you have been following my blog, you will know I have been trying out a number of different development environment options. The goal is to work out a standard Magento offering or offerings to have as a default. This blog post is my next stage of evolution in this process, and as always making […]

Expanding Your Store into New Countries (Personal Observations)

So you want to expand into to new geographies. Sort out the local currency, get a good shipping solution to calculate shipping rates correctly, understand what customers a country is after – good to go, right? I just got back from visiting relatives in Indonesia living in the #2 city, Surabaya. Each time I go […]

Magento 2 Areas and Front Controllers (Quick Note)

This blog post is part of an exploratory series in building a simple module. My official goal – build a module to make it easier to integrate the Amazon Echo (Alexa) with a Magento store; my unofficial goal – explore different areas of Magento 2. Nothing like doing a real project to make sure the […]

“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 […]

My Goals to Imagine

Not as cool as RoadToImagine.com, but I was reflecting on some personal goals to get done by Imagine. Note, I am not doing all the real work myself, but I at least wanted to raise awareness so can discuss with anyone interested at Imagine. Lots of things coming together! For lower end merchants E-book for […]

M2 Project Source Code Management Recommendation

In this post I describe the proposed Magento 2 recommendation for managing the source code of a Magento 2 project. Proposed, because this is my unofficial blog; recommendation, because there is no requirement to follow this approach. But I have some more blogs coming shortly that assume this approach. tl;dr: We ship a ‘.gitignore’ file […]

Vagrant Box for M2 Development (Quick Note)

I sometimes get asked “so what do the internal Magento developers use when developing?” We do not mandate a particular approach, but there is an unofficial Vagrant box that a number of the internal developers use now. Alex made it public, but it might not be well known: https://github.com/paliarush/magento2-vagrant-for-developers “Hey, Alan! I though you were a Docker […]

Windows + Docker + LiveReload + Gulp + Magento 2 (Quick Note)

I am writing this down before I forget! In a previous post I got Gulp working inside a Docker container with Magento 2. But I left out the minor detail that I was still struggling to get the Chrome LiveReload extension working. Reading all the reviews, half said “works fantastic” and other half said “does […]

CSS and Tooling in Magento 2 (Quick Note)

This post is a collection of thoughts and ideas around CSS development in Magento 2. It is triggered by several background activities: Magento 2 has Grunt support, but we get a lot of feedback that they would like Gulp support. For example, https://github.com/magento/magento2/issues/2104. I am (in my spare time) currently writing a book on CSS […]

Even Better Themes for Magento 2 (Seeking feedback)

Magento 2 has done a lot of work on themes including a improved inheritance structure. A lot of positive feedback has been received on the improvements. But that does not mean there is not even more potential to improve! So rather than have Magento resting on its laurels, I will like to describe a few […]