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The reason why you are still on PHP 5.6
Written by Jisse Reitsma on December 30, 2018
Starting with a disclaimer: The reason why I write this is not that I believe sites running on PHP 5.6 at the end of 2018 is a good thing. I don't get it. It feels sloppy. This blog serves as a means to investigate why people are still running PHP 5.6 and to see if we can convince them otherwise.
Blackfire sponsors MageTestFest
Written by Jisse Reitsma on December 26, 2018
With MageTestFest 2 coming up in 2 months time (March 2019), we are extremely proud to have Blackfire sponsor this great developer event in Florence (Italy) with a Golden Sponsorship. Not only that: Blackfire will also participate in workshops and the hackathon. Meet Blackfire:
TaxRatesManager2 extension for Magento 2
Written by Jisse Reitsma on December 19, 2018
Last week, we released a Magento 1 version of our TaxRatesManager extension, helping you to smoothly transition to new tax rates, right at the moment when they are made available. Now, we have completed our work by also publishing a Magento 2 extension TaxRatesManager2.
What makes MageTestFest v2 different?
Written by Jisse Reitsma on December 18, 2018
A year ago, MageTestFest was organized. Now, MageTestFest is going to happen again in March 2019 in Florence, Italy. But is it going to be the same event as the first edition? What is needed to make it better? What has changed in the ecosystem that cries for attention during this nerd conference? Here are my thoughts.
Reflecting on Reacticon
Written by Jisse Reitsma on December 16, 2018
Finally, I had time to reflect on Reacticon. Or Reflecticon. This PWA conference already happened two months ago. And life has been busy since. But Reacticon still serves as a landmark for the changes in the Magento ecosystem. It was experimental, it was different and it (hopefully) shows the path towards a new frontend. A New Hope.
EU VAT changes with our TaxRatesManager
Written by Jisse Reitsma on December 13, 2018
Did you know that the Dutch tax rate of 6% will be increased to 9%, starting from January 1st of 2019? If you have a webshop and are selling to consumers in The Netherlands, it is important to make this change at the right moment. We have developed an extension TaxRatesManager, which makes this change automatically for you. A simple investment that saves you time and stress.
Too busy with things
Written by Jisse Reitsma on December 7, 2018
We are too busy. Time flies when you are having fun. But so many things have happened in the past year that it is hard to get priorities straight. This is not yet an official yearly overview. This is a moment of rest, before the final closure of the year: What needs to be done before the end of the year?
What breaks when upgrading to Magento 2.3.0
Written by Jisse Reitsma on November 25, 2018
Magento 2.3.0 is about to come out. And I've heard from many developers that they are not sure if they want to upgrade to this new version, even though it brings so many cool new features. Here is my personal view on what kind of things might cause issues when you upgrade to Magento 2.3. Hopefully, it helps you decide how (and when) to benefit from this great new release anyway.
MageTestFest v2 tickets are now available
Written by Jisse Reitsma on November 22, 2018
It is that time of year: You start planning the next year. Events should probably take in an important spot, because they allow you to grow to another level. MageTestFest is noteworthy for exactly that reason: It helps you boost your coding skills with regards to testing. Ticket sales is now open: Join us on March 7th in Florence, Italy!
Is Magento PWA ready yet?
Written by Jisse Reitsma on November 15, 2018
I get this question a lot, so thought it would be a good idea to write something down. While people often ask it as a yes/no question, the answer is not straightforward. Not because of PWA, but because the question is wrong. Or if you are too lazy to read: PWA is ready ... but first, you need to learn how to start.
Magento 2 Knockout to be deprecated
Written by Jisse Reitsma on November 6, 2018
Last week, MeetMagento New York took place and Anton Kril (Magento Director of Architecture) casually mentioned that the current Knockout-based frontend would be deprecated in favor of the new PWA frontend. It stirred up some things in the community. People were shocked. My reaction: Well, ... why be surprised?
What makes Reacticon different?
Written by Jisse Reitsma on September 23, 2018
Last couple of years, the number of Magento events world-wide has increased dramatically. Many people say there are too many events. However, Reacticon was sold out in March 2018. And Reacticon 2 (only days away on October 4th 2018) is already one of the biggest Magento developer events world-wide. Let's see what makes Reacticon so different.