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Here and back again - the Magento Open Letter
Written by Jisse Reitsma on 20 Sep 2021
Everyone is writing about the open letter to the Magento community. I guess it is because it requires this much attention: The open letter to the Magento community is important if you care about Magento. Well, I got an opinion too! Here is my vision and my personal thoughts on what to do next. O and a mention of Reaction, which seems like an obligation.
Magento for haters
Written by Jisse Reitsma on 26 Aug 2021
Love it or hate it, Magento is today still one of the leading applications when it comes to open source e-commerce. Its ecosystem is huge, it’s flexibility overwhelming, its complexity staggering and therefore, its name is often referred to as the best or the worst you can encounter in the PHP world. However, instead of repeating what others are saying about Magento, let’s have an open look at what Magento has to offer - pointing out the good, the bad and the ugly parts.
Removing PageBuilder from Magento 2.4.3 again
Written by Jisse Reitsma on 17 Aug 2021
Magento 2.4.3 was released just a week ago (or so). And it shipped with one big surprise: PageBuilder. Magento already announced that it would be released for Open Source users, but I always thought that would be against a fee. But instead, PageBuilder is now available for everyone for free. Awesome. So let's remove it again.
Vue Single File Components for Shopware 6
Written by Jisse Reitsma on 6 Aug 2021
Shopware 6 ships with Vue, so people say. But as soon as they find out that Shopware implements Vue a bit differently, they start wondering why you can't use Vue SFC (Single File Components). Well, you can. Here's what, why and how.
Reacticons PWA Studio day - intercept this!
Written by Jisse Reitsma on 9 Jul 2021
In October 2021, the fourth Reacticon will take place, focused on Magento & Shopware frontending. This is the place to be (online) if you want to learn more about where frontending will head next. And because Magento PWA Studio is definitely part of that story, we dedicate a full day on it.
How to setup a learning strategy in your company?
Written by Jisse Reitsma on 2 Jul 2021
As an agency, you'll need to make sure that your developers are constantly learning: Technology is constantly on the move, so should the skillset of developers. While training those developers is one option, there are many other ways as well. All-in-all, there needs to be a corporate strategy for learning, a policy to make sure skills are kept up-to-date Here's a sum up.
How to justify a Hyvä Themes License
Written by Jisse Reitsma on 29 Jun 2021
The buzz is real: Hyvä Themes does make a difference. Where many were disappointed with the Magento 2 frontend (which didn't change for half a decade), Hyvä took everyone by surprise with its clean performant frontend. And there is a charge: You need to pay for a license to get the code. Let's discuss whether this license fee is justified or not.
Written by Jisse Reitsma on 14 Jun 2021
My ElasticSearch Docker setup for Magento 2
Written by Jisse Reitsma on 11 Jun 2021
With Magento 2.4, having ElasticSearch up and running became a requirement. In production, but also in development. For this, using Docker is great. However, I always am looking for cranking up the speed of Docker images locally, to allow for the best developer experience. Here's what I did with my Docker setup for Magento 2.
Shopware PWA training in July
Written by Jisse Reitsma on 1 Jun 2021
This July - in the European mornings of 12th and 13th - we are organizing our first Shopware PWA online training. We are pretty excited about this, not only because Shopware PWA is a great headless solution, but also because it is in fact our first Vue Storefront Next training. Here is what is up.
Why e-learning is of the future?
Written by Jisse Reitsma on 27 May 2021
I've been training developers for years now and - with the danger of sounding arrogant - I've become pretty good at it: It is not only about outlining a certain technology, but it also about explaining things in the proper wordings, with simple examples, with advanced details, making all entertaining enough to listen to. But there's a catch.
Hyva Themes training on June 14th and 15th
Written by Jisse Reitsma on 13 May 2021
The Hyva Theme is taken the Magento community by surprise. A pleasant surprise. Where everybody was just sinking away in disappointment about the Luma frontend not being improved for years, Willem Wigman stood up and created something better: Hyva was born. And I'm proud to say that I'm joining this fresh movement by providing proper training for it.