Author Archives: Josh Pratt

Idea: Github Integration with Magento Connect

There has been some discussion about Magento Connect lately, so I wanted to help keep the momentum going with a suggestion of my own. The current system that Magento uses isn’t horrible, but it isn’t great either. One thing I … Continue reading

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Prattski_SimpleDevToolbar – Improvements

When I first initially released the Prattski_SimpleDevToolbar, one thing I overlooked was the ability to enable/disable it. I have now added the ability to do that, as well as added the ability to make it only viewable by specified IP … Continue reading

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Magento Extension: Prattski_SimpleDevToolbar

Yes, this is yet another developer toolbar. There’s plenty of them out there, but I wanted to make my own. Being able to see all the tons of information available for each page is nice, but I often don’t need … Continue reading

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New Magento Developers Meetup in Austin, TX

I moved to the Austin, TX area nearly 3 months ago, and upon arrival, I started checking out meetup.com to see what was around for Magento-related groups. I found one and have attended twice, but the group wasn’t quite what … Continue reading

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Wrote My First Magento 2 Module

It has been exciting to take a peek at the Magento 2 code now and then, and to view the changelog as new things are being added or modified. I figured it was about time to get a copy installed … Continue reading

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Magento Dev Best Practices: Module Readme Files

This is the third post in a series about Magento development best practices, and it is about readme files. How often have you opened up a module’s directory and all you see is folders? That is the case the majority … Continue reading

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Magento Dev Best Practices: Code Commenting

This is the second post in a series about Magento development best practices, and it is about code commenting. High up on the top list of shortcuts developers take is failing to properly comment code. And, the excuse, nearly every … Continue reading

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Magento Dev Best Practices: Team Coding Style Unity

I recently led a discussion at the Austin Magento Meetup group on Magento Development Best Practices, so I figured I would start a small series of posts about it. To start it off, I’d like to start with team coding … Continue reading

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Magento: Programmatically Modify Attribute Configuration

Today I was asked programmatically modify a product attribute so that it was no longer searchable, and make a different attribute searchable instead. I wrote up the code and put it on our database updater module to run as an … Continue reading

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Magento: More Flexibility For Your Layout Updates

I’ve been working on a project with a lot of requirements for certain templates or javascript to be added based on a lot of different conditionals and situations that the standard layout xml files do not really allow for. Fortunately, … Continue reading

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