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Unpacking the subscription box industry
We’ve all seen them— in viral “unboxing” Youtube videos, on famous fashion, food, and beauty blogs, or delivered to our neighbor’s doorstep. Monthly subscription boxes have been taking the ecommerce world by storm for the last decade, but which retailers should use them? Let’s explore some introductory information on how the recurring subscription industry works and who benefits most from this strategy.
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Fuzzers are a category of security testing software that will throw all sorts of random data at a software system looking for flaws that can then be exploited by individual penetration testers. Sort of like throwing a bunch of paint around the room trying to find the invisible man. I found this talk about a PHP Internals Fuzzer from Emmanuel Law compelling for a number of reasons. It’s not a beginer’s talk — you’ll need to connect a lot of dots if you’re new to the topic (or I should say, I had to connect a lot of dots since […]
Great customer service is where small businesses can really shine
This post by Julia Evans (author and artist of the amazing Bite Sized Linux zine) caught my eye. I can’t tell if this is an old-man-computer thing or if it’s a legitimate troubling trend (probably both), but as consumer web sites increasingly become a Squarespace/Wix sort of thing and not a DIY sort of thing, the DIY tools and infrastructure seem to be increasingly non-deterministic and flakey. A Content-Type header just vanishing, multiple hosting infrastructure providers shrugging their shoulders, and the web site owner not having the technical tools to diagnose the problems themselves (due to choices made by hosting […]
The startSetup() and endSetup() methods are commonly used for schema and data setup scripts by many developers. But do we actually need to call these methods for every install or upgrade script implementation? The correct answer may be quite unexpected. :) No, we don’t need to use these methods by default in our setup scripts in most cases. Let’s find out why.
We can jump through the code and check the implementation of the mentioned methods.
For Magento 1 the source code of \Varien_Db_Adapter_Pdo_Mysql::startSetup method is the following:
* Run additional environment before setup
* @return Varien_Db_Adapter_Pdo_Mysql
public function startSetup()
$this->raw_query("SET @OLD_FOREIGN_KEY_CHECKS=@@FOREIGN_KEY_CHECKS, FOREIGN_KEY_CHECKS=0");
$this->raw_query("SET @OLD_SQL_MODE=@@SQL_MODE, SQL_MODE='NO_AUTO_VALUE_ON_ZERO'");
For Magento 2 the source code…
Recently I have written an article on how to include the custom field value to API response in case it is related to the same database table. In addition to the previous blog post, I would like to describe how to add external attributes to a collection, when the attribute values are stored in separate database tables.
Let’s say we need to make the customer’s dob attribute value available among the order attributes when we load order entity or collection.
There is a join element available for the extension_attributes.xml configuration file. The join element defines which object fields and the database table/column to be associated.
- reference_table – reference table name;
- reference_field – reference column name;
- join_on_field – name of the column that will be used in the…
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Get to know Vinai Kopp, Freelance Magento Developer and Trainer
Introducing Kristian King, our new Sales Engineer. Kristian will be working alongside clients to scope, design and budget their Magento projects. With almost two decades of development knowledge, his background makes him one heck of an asset to the Creatuity team.
Sarah: First off, where are you from?
Kristian: Fort Worth, Texas.
S: Okay, so right around the corner. How did you get here today – what’s your history?
K: I have a 20 year background in tech and about 15 years in web design and development and about a 5 year history working with magento.
S: What is your role at Creatuity and what does it entail?
K: I am a Magento Sales Engineer – it entails working directly with clients and defining and creating a solution for their magento projects. That’s a pretty broad overview.
S: If you…
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Thanksgiving. Black Friday. Cyber monday. Winter holidays. New Years.
The period between the day of thanks and the celebration of new beginnings marks the start of the high-earning revenue holiday season. As ecommerce stores launch their holiday engagement strategies and mobile marketing campaigns
, advanced retailers are implementing transformative digital tools and campaigns to maintain a competitive edge. In the last decade, the rise of ecommerce and digital buying experiences have drastically changed the landscape of holiday shopping. In the face of huge technological advances and increased versatility of smart devices, prepping for the holiday season is more imperative in the digital retail ecosystem than ever before.
Mobile commerce and smart devices now symbolize the bridge between physical, brick-and-mortar spaces and digital retail.…
Featured August extensions from the Magento Marketplace Team
Vinai Kopp (of magetv fame) just released a small project with an improved cache cleaner for Magento 2, and it includes a file watcher. i.e. if you change a file that typically requires you to clean your cache to see changes, (like a controller or a layout XML file), this watcher will automatically notice and clear your cache for you. It also sounds like the watcher includes some smarts so only the caches you need to to clear are cleared, and it also includes support for the varnish full page cache. I dislike that web development’s gotten so complicated that […]
Earlier this year, the rumored M1 end of life was indefinitely postponed. While this came as a relief to some, there are many reasons why you shouldn’t get too comfortable. This blog post will tell you what you need about formulating a proactive migration plan that will let you successfully transition from M1 to M2 prior to EOL.
Magento 1.x EOL and the differences in M1 & M2
“The end of life for Magento 1 will be November 18th.” “Did you know that Magento EOL is scheduled for the end of 2018?” “The M1 EOL is postponed.” “So, the EOL for M1 isn’t happening?” First, let’s clear the air about the specifics of Magento 1.x’s end of life. In 2017, Magento stated its plans to cease production of updates and support for Magento 1 at Meet Magento in Prague. Months later, the prospected EOL date was postponed and it was announced that Magento 1.x support will continue into 2019. Additionally, Magento has committed to an 18-month…
Interview with Sveta Oksen, CEO at MexBS, about the company’s wide range of Magento extensions.
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