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July 30, 2014

A year with Magento

Hello everyone. Less than a year has passed since I’ve started working with Magento. It was a long path, I’ve learned a lot and now I have much to share. This article is not dedicated to all cool things I’ve found for myself, and it does not share my joy or frustration that I felt during this year. Actually, it is a small guide, or even a set of advices, for developers who decided to work with Magento. Moreover, it is not a typical “My first Magento extension” article, but quick tips which will make your progress easier and learning the Magento sides slighter.
July 16, 2014

Yandex market price list generation in Magento

Sometimes we need to publish information in Yandex.Market database. So, for publishing information there you need to create a document in a specific YML format. However, by default Magento can not generate products list in YML format. That is why, we need to create a simple extension for YML generation.

June 25, 2014

Magento admin form fieldset custom type

Sometimes we face with the necessity of custom data output in Magento admin forms. If you require to render entity data in the admin form other way than stored in the database and standard Magento fieldset types do not match your requirements, this article will help you to create your own fieldset type.
June 3, 2014

Magento Certified Solution Specialist Exam Feedback

During the Magento Imagine 2014 conference, Magento rolled out the new Magento Certified Solution Specialist exam as a part of Magento ecosystem and it is finally complimenting the certification endeavours of Magento with a non-developer kind of certificate.
May 27, 2014

Import group price from CSV files for Magento

Group Pricing is a great and flexible instrument for adding product prices for different groups of customers. Magento allows to affect the cost of separate products using group price mechanism for chosen groups. In this case, the product group price allows to set a product price for separate products and, at the same time, we do not need to create many catalog price rules.

May 22, 2014

Magento block speed measurement extension

Magento is not the fastest platform as we now. As a result, e-commerce store owners are often asking to improve the websites speed, especially if it is large and full of extensions. Sometimes, it’s confusing to check what part of the page rendering is slowing down the things without using the side services, Magento profiler or even with them. This article describes the code of simple extension which measures the time of each frontend block rendering without significant use of the system resources. Additionally, you can find some useful tips for Magento extension development itself reading information below.
May 14, 2014

Magento php unit testing

PHPUnit testing has become a good practice in PHP development. It can be used for checking the thin and vulnerable places in your code, and spare time for bug tracking and testing during the development progress. Magento itself is quite complicated PHP structure. So, sometimes it is really hard to find a connection between the bug and its reason. We think, it can be really useful practice to perform unit testing during Magento extension development. This brief article is aimed to show the basic structure and approach of using PHP unit tests in Magento.
March 28, 2014

Magento internationalization

Very often the web store is visited by customers from different countries, so, it is really good practice to use multi language feature on the website. As you know, the universal language is English, but what about the customers who are more comfortable with the websites which are using their native language. Therefore, internationalization of your web store can attract new customers, and Magento can help with this because we can use an unlimited number of languages on the website.

March 21, 2014

Delete Magento orders via shell script

This brief article is dedicated to the problem, which Magento developers often have to deal with. From time to time, we need to create some test orders during the work process, but web store owners usually want to remove them. Actually, there are a lot of test orders before web store releasing, and after the custom checkout extensions installation. Sometimes, developers make some test orders after installing new feature, adding cart price rules, enabling or adding custom billing and shipping methods.

March 17, 2014

How to configure and start working with Magento Test Automation Framework

Magento TAF is a pretty good thing to automize your Magento store testing. When you start working with Magento TAF, you have many tests, which are ready for use, so this framework can help to develop all kinds of tests without building an automatic infrastructure. Since a TAF users guide is a bit outdated, and some things in the framework have been already changed we’ve decided to write an article on this topic.