Welcome to Atwix MageNews – March edition!
A recap of the most existing news that happened in Magento Community last month in our humble opinion: Magento 2.3.1, PWA, the Magento Association, collective community experience, thoughts, ideas and updates. Everything is in one place here, collected and brought to you with love.
So, without further ado, we are starting!
Good to Know
Magento 2.3.1 is coming soon
It feels like it was yesterday when Magento 2.3 was released and now we are waiting for the following minor release of Magento 2.3.1. It will come out around March as Jason Woosley mentioned at the Magento Live Australia. This release will include a very long-awaited feature which is going to significantly improve Magento Admin experience. It’s Page Builder which is currently under EAP. Its release was delayed and due to that fact some merchants were confused when they tried to find it under Admin panel, but couldn’t. Rest of upcoming improvements can be found in the overview from the Firebear team.
Magento 2.3.1 drops in March, incorporating significant community contributions and bringing to market new merchant and developer experience advancements. @jasonwoosley_mg #MLAU pic.twitter.com/m9YzJbctak
— Magento (@magento) February 12, 2019
– [FireBear] What can we expect from Magento 2.3.1?
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Magento Association is on the scene!
The Magento Association has officially launched with the announcement of its Inaugural Board of Directors. The Magento Association’s mission is to advance and empower the global Magento community and commerce ecosystem through open collaboration, education, and thought leadership. The idea of the Assotiation has been unveiled about a year ago at the Magento Imagine 2018 in Las Vegas. During most of the 2018 Magento, SmithBucklin (the association management and services company) and a specially appointed Community Task Force all together worked on the mission, bylaws, strategic plan, operating budget and selection of the Magento Association Founding Board of Directors. Now the Association is up and running and we are also proud to have Atwix CEO Slava Kravchuk as a Director on the MA’s Board.
Magento PWA v2.0.0
Magento PWA team has announced that PWA studio v2.0.0 is ready for us. What’s inside? 100% Lighthouse score, full checkout, improved UPWARD, semversioning, modular Venia, improved customer and app-like experience, enriched PWA documentation. Well, it’s time to prove it in action!
– [GitHub] Release v2.0.0 · magento-research/pwa-studio
– [Magento PWA Documentation] Venia storefront setup
– [Magento PWA Documentation] Magento theme vs PWA storefront
– [Magento PWA Documentation] Venia project structure
Blazing-fast integration tests possible
When a user has 10 seconds long latency to accomplish some tasks, he or she would most likely try to abandon such task next time. The interesting fact that running integration tests in Magento 2 can take even more. A large application can be time-consuming to run, huh? However, ReachDigital found a room for improvement and cut down the time that is needed to execute integration tests. Check out how they made it below.
In February, Firegento team hosted a hackaton where some open source modules were either extended or implemented:
– Firegento_ContentProvisioning establishes a simple way to deploy and maintain CMS content in a case when both CI and content management team are working in parallel.
– EthanYehuda_CronjobManager helps to monitor a state of cron job processing in Magento 2
A new Color on the Magento U palette
Magento U issued a new Magento 2 Certified Professional Cloud Developer exam. It costs the same price as the rest of professional exams from Magento and has a dark blue badge. Cloud exam covers Magento Commerce Cloud fundamentals, service configuration, aspects of deployment process, troubleshooting techniques and go live strategy.
– [Magento U] Certified Professional Cloud Developer
M2CSS will be updated
Magento U team is working now on updating Magento 2 Certified Solution Specialist exam. We will see updates in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned, especially, if you are going to take the exam soon.
— Peter Manijak (@PeterManijak) February 20, 2019
Session bottleneck was investigated
It’s a common case when Magento page has a couple of AJAX requests per page load. Usually, this happens when storefront tries to load private customer data via customer/section/load action. The thing is that requests will use, probably, the same session data which is going to be an issue because of single-thread nature of sessions. This basically means that simultaneous requests will be put in a queue and will wait for previous items to finish. Integer_net team investigated this bottleneck and described the whole process with an open-source solution implemented.
AI loves Magento
Thousands of developers work with Magento’s codebase, developing features and implementing business logic. However, there is a crucial side of Magento that is often overlooked – the value of the database. Nowadays data became an expensive resource, mostly, because of trending AI and Machine Learning techniques. Magento store often contain gigabytes of data, including a deep insight into customers. That’s a perfect opportunity for the AI to come and help. The following sequence of articles helps to touch an idea of using the ML with Magento data on simple examples.
– [Medium] When Magento meets Python (episode new Business Logic using ML)
– [Medium] When Magento meets Python (episode Anomalies Detection)
– [Medium] When Magento meets Python (episode: Text Analysis)
PHP-FPM pools in action
PHP configurations can be different for Magento storefront and Admin using PHP-FPM pools. A simple use case could be increasing max_memory_limit value exceptionally for Magento Admin in order to run heavy operations like catalog importing. Take this idea further and see how it can be applied to your projects!
#magento2 admin panel (and Web API) can be running in a dedicated PHP-FPM process pool routed by @nginx according to request URL. Process pools can have different PHP settings, such as memory_limit and max_execution_time. https://t.co/ulkJAcgaVS
— Sergii Shymko (@SergiiShymko) February 16, 2019
The mobile gap in conversion rate
Measurements show that mobile customers spend more time on the website than the desktop customer, but the conversion rate is remarkably lower. Tom Karwatka, CEO of Divante, discovered this interesting fact, tries to find causes and give advice on how the gap can be reduced.
– [Medium] Optimizing Mobile eCommerce — PWA and CRO
Magento Live Australia Security Recap
Kristof Ringleff, Founder of Fooman, posted a recap of an open discussion on security that happened at the MLAU with links to existing solutions that help to ensure there are no known vulnerabilities in Magento instances.
3rd-party extensions are main vulnerability
Willem de Groot, Magento forensics investigator, gave an interview where he said that the main security issue of Magento 1 websites is outdated insecure extensions. Read more why the merchants, after they got hacked, doubt they could have done anything to prevent that.
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