ExtDN – Why I Joined

ExtDN, also known as the Magento Extension Developer Network, is a peer group comprised of Magento extension builders. Members of the group are established, experienced Magento experts. We share the common goals of code quality, code compatibility, customer service standards, and fighting code theft and plagiarism. How I Heard About ExtDN In November 2018, I…

My Best Friend – A Magento Story

Once upon a time, there were two best friends named Alex and Shawn. Alex was the best friend a guy could ever ask for. To this day, I still haven’t met a single person that measures up to him. When I think about the way some people loosely throw around the word “friend” when they…

Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer PLUS

How I Passed People have continuously asked me how I passed the extremely difficult Magento 2 Certified Professional Developer PLUS exam. I’ve also been asked quite frequently about how I passed the regular Magento 2 Cert Pro exam. That exam was also difficult, but in my opinion, it pales in comparison to the PLUS. Below…

Quick Magento 2 + Docker Virtual Machine Script

Not Just Another Magento 2 + Docker Install Script Happy New Year everyone! For this first post of 2019, I am going to share a script I recently created for myself. This script allows you to spin up a Magento 2 + Docker Virtual Machine with one simple command. You will be able to choose…

10 Commandments of M2 Frontend Development

Having worked the last three years exclusively in Magento 2, I’ve had the pleasure of encountering Magento developers of all levels of skill and experience. Some have been working on M2 for years and others haven’t worked on the Magento platform at all. Regardless of experience level, with some exceptions, I find that most stick…

Xdebug for Local Magento 2 Development

This tutorial is a direct add-on to our previous blog post: Docker for Magento 2 Development. You will need to follow that tut before you are able to use Xdebug in your local Magento 2 development environment. Docker + Xdebug + Magento 2 = Awesome Ok, here’s an analogy for you. Xdebug is to the…

Send Email From Magento 2 Development Environment

This tutorial is a direct add-on to our previous blog post: Docker for Magento 2 Development. You will need to follow that tut before you are able to send email from your local Magento 2 development environment. How To Send Email From Your Virtual Machine I’ve needed to send email from my local development environment…

Redis for Local Magento 2 Development

Our Redis for Local Magento 2 development tutorial is a direct add-on to our previous blog post: Docker for Magento 2 Development. If you are not already using Docker for local Magento 2 development, it will be necessary to follow that tutorial first. Why Use Redis for Local Magento 2 Development? In this developer tutorial…

Docker for Magento 2 Development

Docker and Magento In this first post, of which many will follow, we show you how to set up Docker for Magento 2 development. Way back when I first heard of Docker, I was still using WAMP, MAMP, Vagrant, VMWare and anything else I could get my hands on. While there are pros and cons…