Magento 2

Talking Merchant: migrating to Magento 2

Delivering a top notch web shop is never easy.

Factors such as requirements or desires (because, there is a difference!) accompanied with resources, experience and dedication make for the challenge of creation. Choosing the right partner now, thanks to Magento, comes with a new set of factors which should be looked after. All of them are connected with Magento’s new baby – Magento 2.

Since we’ve seen a lot of questions connected with the before mentioned factors (probably due to the fact that Magento officially published the date of Magento 2 release and we are talking about 15th of November now), we’ve decided to tone down the tension with telling you all about “what to expect when you’re expecting”.

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MageMeter – a new way to present and share Magento performance benchmarks

When Marko Martinović started working at Inchoo, we asked him what he likes to do in his free time. Enthusiastically enough, he replied: ”I write some code.” That was a bit over two years ago. He has been a member of the Inchoo family since April 2013 and today, we talked about his new project – MageMeter. All that ”I write some code.” wasn’t only talk, he made a catalog of Magento and Magento2 benchmarks metered using official Performance Toolkit.

We couldn’t restrain ourselves from asking a few questions and getting more info on the subject.

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Implementing payment gateway in Magento 2

This is a revised article originally written in September 2014 when I started to play with Magento 2 for the first time. Since there were a lot of changes in Magento 2, this article also needed some refreshment. We will glance over the backend, and proceed with the development of a simple module. For this task, I picked up the payment gateway API integration. This relatively simple task will help us demonstrate some key changes in Magento 2.

More precisely, we will be focusing on implementation of Stripe payment gateway. Even though Stripe has a rich set of features, here we will be focusing only on most basic functionalities to get you started with Magento 2 extension development.

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Magento 2 logging

In every development process you sometimes need to log variables or custom messages. Now, we will explain how to create a custom log. Magento 2 comes with built-in log facility which is based on Monolog library. You can find this package in the following location: “MAGENTO2_ROOT/vendor/monolog“.

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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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