Dev Talk

Tips for writing maintainable code

If you have ever worked in a team or in any other way had to maintain others people code, you already know how important is to write maintainable code. Actually, this doesn’t need to be others people code at all – if you are trying to modify your year-old-code, you may already forgot all the details around it and it may be hard for you to read it, let alone modify it.

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Creating Sylius Fixtures

What are fixtures in Sylius?

Fixtures are plain PHP objects that are designed to change current system state by either persisting some entities to the database, uploading files or doing anything else that you might require.

In this post we will be going through the process of creating a bundle and in it our custom fixture , assigning it to our suite.

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Extending Twig in Symfony 4

In the last article we have covered twig templating basics concepts. Now it’s time to extend functionalities, which can be very useful. Twig has a fair amount of built-in functions, tags, filters and operators but in some cases, you will find that not sufficient. We will cover how to extend twig and what can be extended with examples.

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Unit testing in Magento 2

Magento 2 comes pre-installed with PHPUnit, an automated testing framework for PHP. It is included as one of the dependencies in Magento 2. Covering the basics of PHPUnit is out of the scope of this tutorial, after a short introduction we are going to focus on the practical example of using PHPUnit with Magento 2. For those who are interested in PHPUnit basics, I would recommend reading documentation or tutorials on the web since it is a very well documented topic.

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Symfony templating with Twig

Symfony 4, (further in the text – Symfony) for templating provides twig bundle, which is a very useful templating engine. It is built by SensioLabs – the company behind Symfony. Besides Symfony, there are more platforms supporting Twig such as Drupal8, eZPublish, phpBB, Piwik, OroCRM, etc. In this article we will cover the basics and show how to extend them. Twig is by default not installed with Symfony, you need to include symfony/twig-bundle with the composer (composer require symfony/twig-bundle).

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Local development with Valet+

Development has been rapidly growing. In fact, at this stage, it has grown so much that it puts a lot of pressure on developers to become super-humans. However, the developers should do what they’re best at, and that is writing code without having to struggle with a local setup. Luckily, there are tools that help developers focus more on code and less on the environment.

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Symphony of PHP – Symfony 4

You have probably heard of PHP framework called Symfony, today I will share my and Inchoo’s experience with this great framework. You can basically do anything in Symfony, but the most important question you should ask yourself is: Should I use Symfony for my application? In order to help you answer the question, I will try to explain basic concepts, give my thoughts and share some experiences in eCommerce development.

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Declare static types to keep bugs away?

Introduction

A lot of programmers feel that for any larger projects static types offer a huge benefit.
Readability too, not only validation.
Some argue that tests can replace types, I agree if we are only talking about code validation.
But static types are empowering in other situations too. Reading code is easier since types describe code and fewer assumptions have to be made about inputs and outputs. Basically, additional documentation which is always in sync with the code.

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Are you in for some RWD workshop? Vitaly Friedman from Smashing Magazine is coming to Osijek, Croatia

We are proud to announce an awesome Responsive Web Design workshop by one and only Vitaly Friedman! This writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine will get up on stage at Inchoo’s hometown Osijek with smashing workshop “New Adventures in Responsive Web Design”.

Faculty of Economics at Osijek will be the main point of this event on June 17 from 9AM to 6PM.

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Sass Output Styles

Sass has four different CSS output style. By changing setting for :style option or using the --style command-line flag.

I will show you how Sass outputs this piece of SCSS code in all style options with style option explanation.

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Custom data components in Pimcore

Today I will show you how to create custom data component in Pimcore 4.4.. If you are using Pimcore, sooner or later you will end up with requirement for new form element (complex type). Data components in Pimcore are object types used for complex data modeling on object. Data component consists from data, tag Extjs scripts and one Model which is responsible for saving/loading configuration. Currently Pimcore has 19 complex data components (you can read more on https://www.pimcore.org/docs/latest/Objects/Object_Classes/Data_Types/index.html), and they will cover most requirements you will ever need. However, if (when) you’ll need a custom data component, here’s how you can create it.

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Mitigating Facebook’s “x-fb-http-engine: Liger” site hammering using Apache or nginx

Facebook is using a sort of web page prerendering mechanism in it’s in-app browser for mobile users [see disclosure here]. It is used by Facebook’s in-app browser to speed up page rendering for web link content shared on Facebook. But it can cause serious headaches, and this post should explain how to mitigate it with Apache or nginx.

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