Magento 2

Extending Pimcore with plugins

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After half a year we are back on Pimcore development. Since last time, Pimcore 4 has been released and it’s already in 4.3 version. I have been writing about portlets and now it is time to go much deeper in extending Pimcore. First of all, best reference for Pimcore development is their own documentation, you can find it at https://www.pimcore.org/wiki/. Pimcore can be extended with plugins, or by writing code in website folder, but we’ll cover plugins.

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Magento 2 API usage with examples

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Magento 2 supports REST (Representational State Transfer) and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol), much like the old version of Magento we were used to. Official documentation is mostly based on raw curl request without examples in some specific language. PHP is what we do and there will be many people using it as well, so we tried to give you real PHP examples of how to connect and use Magento 2 API.

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Working with CSS in your first Magento 2 project

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So, you’ve finally managed to create your new theme in Magento 2. After a few hours of swearing and sweating, you’ve successfully created all necessary files, defined fallback to Luma (you can blame Luma for all the mess that will happen later on), registered your theme within the system, activated it in the Magento Administration…aaaand…you are ready to go!

But, what now?

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Extending Magento 2 default JS components

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Since Magento 2 is out for quite some time now and new projects based on the platform are rapidly approaching, there is no doubt that we, as developers, need to be adequately prepared for the challenge.

In this post I will demonstrate how to deal with platform’s default javascript components (widget instances). More precisely, a javascript component responsible for the site main navigation functioning. If you’re interested, just keep reading.

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Evaluating and improving accessibility of eCommerce websites

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee once said that “Access (to the Web) by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect”. We, as developers, always strive to create a website which looks and feels good on a wide range of devices, resolutions, operating systems, network speeds, etc., but how often do we consider designing or creating a website for a wide range of people? In this article, we’re going to cover some basic frontend principles of improving accessibility and what that means in context of a Magento website.

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The practical value of Design Thinking

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Recently, we got inspired by the Magento team’s Design Thinking presentation held at the Magento Imagine 2016 conference. Unfortunately, we weren’t there but it feels like we might as well have been. Seeing how the Magento team worked on improving the Magento 2.0. interface in the presentation slides struck a chord with us. It affirmed a lot of the methods we were already using and got us thinking even more.

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CSS preprocessing in Magento 2

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Magento 2 has been out in the wild for some time now. Most developers I know haven’t worked on Magento 2 project yet. However, most of them installed it and played around with it, learning and experimenting.

From the comments on github and social media, and from chats with developers, conclusion is that Magento 2 Frontend has a lot of issues, one being the most important: CSS preprocessing.

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