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ExtDN - Do write tests
Written by Jisse Reitsma on 6 Feb 2019
Some time ago, I published a blog on 1 of the 8 points that ExtDN has phrased for creating proper Magento extensions: To use composer. These DOs for Magento extension development are part of an effort to increase overall extension quality. I wanted to write on all 8 points, but ... well, life. Here is a discussion of another point: To write tests. Right in time for MageTestFest.
Progress on MageTestFest
Written by Jisse Reitsma on 2 Feb 2019
MageTestFest is getting closer by the week: It is now less than 5 weeks away and things are progressing quickly now: The demand for workshop tickets is huge. The number of attendees for the main conference day plus hackathon day is growing by the day. Here's a small recap of the progress.
We give you the Yireo ExtensionChecker
Written by Jisse Reitsma on 29 Jan 2019
As a trainer and as an extension developer, Yireo tries to push Magento extension quality to a higher level: Better code means less bugs means a better ecosystem. It is why we become part of the ExtDN network, why we are contributing to Magento, why we organize MageTestFest. But sometimes smaller contributions are also made: Meet the Yireo ExtensionChecker.
Going to MageTestFest on a budget
Written by Jisse Reitsma on 23 Jan 2019
Magento conference season is starting and we definitely hope you are joining us for MageTestFest, one of the more curious developer events out there. It takes place early March in Florence. But not everybody is willing to spend lots of money for a conference. So here is a blog to help you go to MageTestFest on a budget.
Workshops at MageTestFest 2
Written by Jisse Reitsma on 16 Jan 2019
MageTestFest version 2 is approaching fast: Only 6 weeks from now, this international developer conference will kick down in Florence, Italy, for four days of coding and fun. Not just a conference, there are 4 great workshops as well, to help you embrace testing.
The reason why you are still on PHP 5.6
Written by Jisse Reitsma on 30 Dec 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 26 Dec 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 19 Dec 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 18 Dec 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 16 Dec 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 13 Dec 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 7 Dec 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?