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May 29, 2013

Magento Imagine 2013 Presentations – Marketing Track

We continue our series of posts with presentations from Magento Imagine 2013. After Technology and Business Tracks presentations, you are welcome to check out the Marketing Track presentations.

May 28, 2013

Magento Imagine 2013 Presentations - Business Track

After publishing the Technology Track presentations from Magento Imagine 2013, we continue with the Business Track today.

May 27, 2013

Magento Imagine 2013 Presentations - Technology Track

Magento Imagine 2013 is in the past, and we all are looking forward to the next event now. However, it is always good to recap all the knowledge we’ve gained there. For this purpose we’ve decided to collect all of the presentations and videos together to bring them up for your enjoyment.

May 23, 2013

Get configurable product options in product list (category view)

It is a pretty common task to display some product options like colour, size at the product list (category view) page in Magento. And it can not be done just with the default installation. Such decision is very reasonable as it is a hard task to load options for every configurable product on the page. Therefore, we tried to find the most efficient method of doing this, so below – there is one of the solutions that we came up with.
April 11, 2013

Headers already sent. How to find the reason quickly

If you look inside of your Magento system.log from time to time, you will notice an error there like the following one:

2011-01-12T14:16:52+00:00 DEBUG (7): HEADERS ALREADY SENT:

Call stack is here..

As you may already know, it can take a lot of time to find the place where the issues like this one appeared. So, let’s investigate why it happens and what we can do to speed up the bug fixing process.

March 5, 2013

How to insert your block into any place in Magento

Hello guys, it’s time to tell you how to insert block into any place you want in Magento. As you know, very often we need to set some block into selected weird place without editing template, so we’ll try to describe the way how to do this using layouts and observers.
February 25, 2013

Source, frontend and backend models in Magento system settings

In the previous article we have described how the different settings can be applied to a custom extension. There’s nothing difficult for the simple settings such as text field or text area. But, if you look at the drop down, multiselect or editable items list you’ll notice that these items have additional fields, e.g. source_model, backend_model, frontend_model. Let’s focus on these models and find out more info about creating settings that require data models.
February 8, 2013

Magento system settings overview

From time to time  Magento developers face with a need to add settings for their extensions. As it’s hard to remember all necessary details for each setting, so we would like to share our snippets which contain xml code of the most recent settings used in Magento admin.
January 28, 2013

Adding a column to Magento orders grid - alternative way using layout handles

In the previous articles (1, 2) you might find the way how to add custom column/attribute to adminhtml (orders, customers, ect) grid. But this is another example. In our article we will use the layout handles for inserting columns to the orders grid.
January 15, 2013

Creating CSV files in Magento

There are many tools in Magento which allow you to view or generate and download different reports. So, we can conclude that Magento system has integrated tools for CSV and XML files generation. It might help in the situation when you need to generate a report for some feed or just export a list of structured data. We would like to demonstrate the small example that adds an ability to generate and download CSV files. Let’s assume that you have already created your custom extension and wish to add a CSV export functionality. If it’s not the case and you can’t guess how to create an extension, then you can always find the light in our previous articles, for example this one. We called our extension Atwix_Tweaks so in the code examples below we will use this title.