Thousands of dollars in prize money, four interviews and the first MageUnconference ever: here’s what happened in the Magento world in the past two weeks.
- Magento has made its user guides for both community and enterprise edition online available. Not everything seems to be perfect, some information hasn’t been updated in a while and other info is simply incorrect.
- With Danslo_Aop you can bring aspect-oriented programming to your Magento 1.X projects. What you can do with that technique is best-read in the Go! AOP documentation which Danslo_Aop uses. One of the “selling points” is that Aop allows the interception known of Magento 2, to be used in Magento 1.X.
- Nadav Spiegelman has made some improvements to the accessibility of the default Magento RWD theme.
- Xtest is a new testing framework (Selenium + PHPUnit) for Magento. There’s a demo video which demonstrates its usage.
- Fabrizio launched a new webcast-series for Magento. The first part (of hopefully many more!) focuses on setting up a development environment.
- Allan Macgregor has made a Docker image available for easily setting up a Magento-suited stack.
- If you have a patch for Magento 1.X, you’re best off sending them to Piotr Kaminski.
- Apparently over 20.000 Magento stores are making use of a MailChimp integration.
- The 1.95.0 release of n98-magerun majorly updates the
dev:consolecommand (it now uses PsySH), adds PSR-4 autoloading support and fixes a variety of bugs.
- Paul Rogers published a compilation of tips and tricks for improving the page load speed of Magento.
- The Extension Lab released a few extensions on Github. Take for example StatusColors, which gives order management in the Magento backend much more visual information.
- After a question on Magento SE, some uproar was caused about a third party module reading the
global/crypt/keyconfiguration value and sending it abroad. Magento was quick in pulling the extension from Connect, but it signals a bigger problem in which Connect has no quality control whatsoever.
- In case your server has
execenabled, MB_CallingHome allows you to find any occurrences of third party modules calling home.
- Speaking about Magento Connect quality control, triplecheck has updated its rankings.
- Trick of the trade from Joshua Warren: Google’s mobile friendly test is giving specific advise for Magento installations.
- Erfan Imani explains why, since Magento 1.9, you shouldn’t be using local.xml for layout changes anymore.
- If you have some spare time left, the Magento 2 Extension Challenge invites developers to have a play with Magento 2 by either developing an extension which shares code between Magento 1 and 2, or develop a solution for programmatically converting code from Magento 1 to 2. All prizes include a free ticket to Magento Imagine (including flight and stay) and there’s up to $5000 in prize money.
- 0.42.0-beta10 and –beta11 bring, among others, the following changes:
- The Magento_Config and Magento_Variable modules are introduced to have better separation of concerns.
- Various improvements in the dependency injection framework have resulted in a combined performance improvement of 3%.
- Various improvements to the setup tool have been made.
- Installation of sample data has been streamlined and can now be added post-installation.
- Magento 2 developer documentation can now be ran privately and they are still actively looking for contributions. If you haven’t already, you should definitely follow @MagentoDevDocs on Twitter for regular status updates.
- Peter Jaap has started writing about Magento 2 backend configuration and what the differences are with Magento 1.X.
- Daniel Fahlke released a Magento 2 extension for authenticating with Github. Another module of his should help with getting more insight when the Magento 2 system throws an exception.
- Alan Kent wrote about improving page speed for Magento 2. No hard figures, but more of an explanation of what Magento 2 is doing to increase performance. He also gave his personal opinion on the various types of dependency injection and why Magento 2 uses constructor injection.
- The first Mage Unconference happened. Most attendees got straight back into the working week but write-ups, videos and more photos are dripping in.
- Right before the MageUC, Milan hosted the second edition of Meet Magento Italy.
- Meet Magento Germany has published its program.
- Domenic Santangelo wrote about the development of the new Magento Imagine website. Thorough article and an interesting read overall.
- In case you fancy a career at Magento, Inc, they are looking for a community manager for the “newly launched Magento online community forum”. Which implies that the new forum is coming soon!?
- Cloudways, which is regularly interviewing Magento community members, published interviews with Fabian Blechschmidt and Tom Robertshaw.
- More interviews: MageEngage got to talk with Karen from WebshopApps and Brent “the running man”.
- Earlier overheard during a webinar, there’s now more evidence the new Magento Connect will be backed by Composer. Magento 1.X, which officially doesn’t use Composer, will have its extensions available in tgz archives.
- Fabian Schmengler published a detailed comparison of Spryker with Magento. Spryker is a relatively new enterprise-oriented e-commerce platform.
- The OroCRM blog published an article on why Magento and OroCRM are a good match.
German speakers, don’t forget to check out Matthias Zeis’ Magento Neuigkeiten which we are basing our Magento News Roundups on. In case we forgot to mention you, made a mistake or missed an awesome Magento project, let us know on Twitter, in the comments below or send us an email. Thanks for reading.