Frontend

Javascript Bundling in Magento 2

Javascript bundling is a technique that groups separate files in order to reduce the number of HTTP requests that are required to load a page. Bundling is commonly used in today’s “module-based” development where some functionalities are basically split into Modules (roughly explained). For loading modules, we usually use some of popular module loaders such as rollup.js or RequireJS (which is Magento’s weapon of choice).

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Don’t Mess with the Magento 2 Checkout

Hello! Do you hate editing Magento Checkout? I know how you feel… 😀

The checkout in Magento 2 is built up from a series of Knockout JS components which are then rendered using the Knockout JS templating system. Magneto 2 defines each one of these components and their parent/child relationship in a large XML file which can be extended or overridden in your own theme or module.

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Working with CSS in your first Magento 2 project

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

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

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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CSS preprocessing in Magento 2

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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Add qty increment buttons to product page

As you probably know, Magento is using a plain text field to handle quantity on product page. This is the bulletproof solution – it is simple and covers all needs. But, sometimes, merchants want to use something more appealing, and many of them settle for quantity increment buttons (those + and buttons next to the quantity input field). Adding this kind of behaviour will be the topic of this post.

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Featured products in Magento 2 with Catalog Products List widget

By checking various e-commerce websites one thing which can be found in almost all of them are featured products. A list of hand-picked products, usually placed on the home page, used for promotion. So far Magento lacked that most requested feature and developers had to look for other solutions or to code one of their own. Let’s look what’s the situation like in Magento 2.

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How to add custom javascript in Magento 2 with requireJS

Magento 2 brings some new features in javascript. One of them is “requireJS” (javascript file loader) and second is “jQuery“, a very popular js library. One of the biggest benefits is using requireJS which means that Magento 2 is ready for the upcoming HTTP2 protocol. In the next few steps we will explain how to create valid javascript code for use in requireJS. Let’s start with an example.

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Magento 2 frontend architecture

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Although still in development phase, Magento 2 comes with a distinctive set of changed/improved frontend approaches compared to its predecessor Magento 1.X. The big difference is that frontend is now updated with newer technologies such as HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery.

There are also significant changes/improvements to overall layout manipulation, file structure and a brand new introduction to Magento UI library heavily based on LESS preprocessor with built in compiler.

One of the main goals besides performance and scalability was to serve RWD out of the box. In this article I’ll try to cover some of the main differences, dive into development and demonstrate some practical examples.

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