Today we have another Magento expert with us, Qaisar Satti. He is currently a Magento Developer at UnitedSol (Pvt) Ltd. He also runs a great blog for Magento developers.
Without taking any more of your time, let’s start the interview!
Muneeb: Given the diversity in the ecommerce platforms, why did you opt for Magento?
Qaisar: I heard about Magento from a friend, and after exploring it a bit, I found it interesting. The structure is pretty organized and writing code for it is fun. With the release of Magento 2, the platform has become a great choice both merchants and developers.
Muneeb: What are your three most important tips for Magento newbies? How should they plan their career in Magento development?
Qaisar: My advice for newbies is:
- Follow the documentation. If you don’t find anything on Stack Overflow, the answer lies in the Magento docs.
- Don’t hesitate to ask questions.
- When you find a solution, share it with the Magento community.
Muneeb: You work as a Magento Developer. Could you describe some interesting projects that you have handled so far?
Qaisar: As a Magento developer at FME Extensions, I have recently worked on the following extensions:
Muneeb: Could you please share a picture of your workplace with our readers.
Qaisar: Yeah sure!
Muneeb: How has been your blogging experience? How do you plan and handle the requirements of your blog?
Qaisar: It’s a great experience. It is said when you learn something, write about it and you will improve your understanding of the topic. I don’t focus on discovering topics for my blog. I just share the problems (and their solutions) I encounter during my dev projects.
Muneeb: From the development point of view, how would you differentiate Magento 1 and Magento 2? How do you see the future of Magento 2?
Qaisar: I think both Magento 1 & 2 offer strong points for developers.
Magento 1 doesn’t require too many resources, is a bit easy to develop and a good developer could finish a theme development project in just a week (4 days at the minimum).
Magento 2 requires more resources (but offer more stability and higher performance), requires a lot of attention to the dev process and a theme project requires about two weeks (10 at the minimum) to deliver to the client.
I see a bright future of Magento 2. The community and Team Magento is putting in a lot of effort to ensure that the adoption rate increases and the development processes become streamlined for all stakeholders.
Muneeb: Who has been your inspiration in life?
Muneeb: How do you manage the work-life balance?
Qaisar: I don’t code after 6 PM unless there is a deadline to meet. After 6, it’s time for my family and friends. I also avoid working on a weekend. I always create a priority list that helps me out in planning my day.
Muneeb. Now it’s time for a fun Rapid Fire round!
Rule: You can’t spend more than 15 seconds on this question ;)
|Shopify or PrestaShop?||Prestashop|
|Movies or Games?||Movies|
|Travelling or Party?||Travelling|
|Tea or Coffee?||Both|
|PlayStation or Xbox?||PlayStation|
Muneeb: Who would you like to nominate for the next Magenticians interview?
Qaisar: Zeeshan Khalid, CEO of FME Extension. His knowledge is not limited to just Magento. He has an overall knowledge of different ecommerce platforms and knows what is best for business. ;)