PhpStorm value for Magento community

Working on the same technology, on the same project, on the same code – year over year – will inevitably make a developer strong, knowledgeable and something of a subject matter expert.  However, being hyper-focused for such long stretches of time introduces a variety of risks to the developer and the project assignment, namely a potential loss of interest or worse – burnout.

Magento 2.3 GA release has finally landed. It is one of the most awaited releases that Magento ever had, and it is a thrilling moment for us at Atwix. Not only our clients can now benefit from all the new features that are available in 2.3, but also we can now see live features that our team developed working closely with other community contributors as well as Magento Community Engineering team.

In order to add a custom layout handle to category page, a (basic) Magento 2 module with these additional files and their content is needed:

1. The events.xml file to “subscribe” to the event and say which observer should be fired
2. An observer that adds a new layout handle to the page
3. A layout file that adds needed changes to the page

Uninstall modules in Magento 2

One of the things that Magento first version lacked was an ability to clean up module data from the database upon its removal. This is a common situation when you uninstall an extension but all the related data remains in the database. You can only get rid of it manually. It is inconvenient especially if the module has created a bunch of new tables, custom attributes, system configurations etc. In this case, an automatic removal tool of such data would be very useful.

In Magento 2 there is a great feature, which allows to create an uninstall script for your module. Let’s find out how it works.

Magento-2-simple-CLI-script

Magento 2 Command-line interface (CLI) tools differ from those in Magento 1. In Magento 1 you could simply add a script to the “shell” directory, include abtract.php, and extend from it. Magento 2 is a bit more complicated. This post will show you how to create a simple CLI script in Magento 2.

Docker-development-environment-for-Magento

It has never been easier to create a development environment. No meter what operation system you use with Docker you can build the exact configuration you need. In this post we will provide steps for creating a sample Magento development environment configured in a single docker-compose.yml file.

How-to-use-the-Magento-2-object-manager-in-your-unit-tests

Every unit test ninja faces troubles whenever he wants to test some real class functionality. Have you ever invoked toHtml() method of some block or beforeLoad() method of any collection? If you want to do it, you will need to mock a lot of classes that depend on other classes and so on. You would need to mock all of them, which would take a lot of time and effort. In a long run, you may blow up deadlines and it would really suck. Yes, you can try to change your testing strategy to avoid invoking such methods. But what if you still need to test them? I’m going to show you how I handled this problem.

We’ve already described the handy CLI tool for Magento 1 developers called n98-magerun and the ability to speed up the development process using it – in the article. And now we would like to talk about new n98-magerun2 for Magento 2 provided by netz98. It worth mentioning that its previous version was very popular among Magento developers and we think that n98-magerun2 should be another very useful command line interface tool for new Magento version.
So, let’s install n98-magerun2 and try how it works.