- The seventh edition of the Magento-Stammtisch (Stammtisch: informal group meeting. Think user group) in Wien (Germany) occured.
- Leipzig played host for a Magento Hackathon, after which the German Meet Magento conference occured (English recap).
- All of the German festivities were a bit overshadowed by Magento Imagine and the accompanying hackathon; some hackathon pictures by Fabrizio. Interesting demo of a BigBrother-extension by Daniel Sloof here.
- After the hackathon, Magento Imagine went live with most notably the Magento 2 release date, an update for the 1.X series and Ben Marks stepping up as the developer evangelist for the Magento platform.
- A few days after Magento Imagine, Meet Magento NL occured. Impressions by Carmen here. Inchoo’er Aaron Stanic his recap here. All presentations can be found on Dutchento its blog.
- Back to Germany: a new conference is coming soon called the MageUnconference. Other than a house style, not much is known yet.
- Roy Rubin left his personal remarks on leaving eBay/Magento.
- During Magento Imagine, Magento CE 1.9 and EE 1.14 were released.
- There is now a “Magento Solution Specialist Certification“. The certification is processed through Prometric. More information in the official study guide. Write-up about the certification by Inchoo here.
- Atwix wrote about the development of an extension called Blockspeed, which can be used to measure performance of block rendering speed.
- Copius released the Checkout Simulator. A bash script for testing the absolute maximum performance of the Magento checkout process.
- Atwix also wrote an interesting article about Magento and PHPUnit.
- For those into testing (and you should!) James Cowie wrote about PHPSpec and Magento.
- Cm_RedisSession got updated to better process bots and crawlers to reduce wasted resources.
- SMTP Pro got updated to version 2 earlier. Here’s a write-up by Ashley himself.
- Alan Storm covered the newly added parent/child functionality for themes in Magento CE 1.9 and EE 1.14.
- Colin wrote about efficient Magento asset management by making use of merged asset groups.
- 188.8.131.52-dev77 goes mobile-first for the new Blank theme, various fixes and a whole lot of functional tests have been added.
- 184.108.40.206-dev78 was a bit pale in comparison (recovery from Magento Imagine) but fixed quite a few issues nevertheless.
- 220.127.116.11-dev79 got into tax calculation issues, added more functional tests and another long list of all sorts of issues being fixed.
- Note that this is the smallest of the summaries, the official changelog goes more in-depth.
- Fabrizio keeps updating his code statistics regarding the Magento code base. Everything up to dev77 is taken into account.
- Alan Kent (eBay/Magento) started writing about Magento 2 on his personal blog. His first post describes the goals of Magento 2. Interesting to see someone close to the process reflecting.
- Alan’s second post dives into the Magento 2 Service Layer; a layer between presentation and business logic to help streamline separation of concerns.
- Thirdly, but probably not his last writing on the matter, Alan describes the modularization of Magento 2.
And that’s a wrap. Please note that the original “Magento-Neuigkeiten” contains a lot of content in German which we have stripped out for convenience of our English audience.
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