Magento Articles for Professional Developers

A growing list of articles plumbing the depths of the enigmatic, and increasingly dominant, Magento eCommerce System.

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The Magento 2 Object System

Articles providing a bottom up introduction to Magento 2’s object manager and dependency injection system

  1. Magento 2 Object Manager

  2. Magento 2’s Automatic Dependency Injection

  3. Magento 2 Object Manager Preferences

  4. Magento 2 Object Manager Argument Replacement

  5. Magento 2 Object Manager Virtual Types

  6. Magento 2 Object Manager: Proxy Objects

  7. Magento 2 Object Manager: Instance Objects

  8. Magento 2 Object Manager: Plugin System

Learning Magento with Commerce Bug

An extended manual for Commerce Bug, covering specific debugging techniques while explaining core parts of the Magento system.

  1. Understanding Magento Requests With Commerce Bug

  2. Finding a Block’s Name in Magento

  3. Creating a New Magento Customer Page

  4. Magento 2 and Commerce Bug

  5. Commerce Bug 3 for Magento 2


A “flash” Magento Quickies series on the powerful N98-Magerun command line tool.

  1. Introduction to n98-magerun

  2. Top Level n98-magerun Commands

  3. N98-magerun: Admin and Cache Commands

  4. N98-Magerun: Config Commands

  5. N98-magerun: Customer Commands

  6. N98-magerun: Development Toggle Commands

  7. N98-magerun: Development Commands Part 2

  8. N98-magerun: System Commands

  9. N98-magerun: Indexing, Magento Connect, and Grab Bag

  10. N98-magerun: Database Commands

  11. N98-magerun: Development Environment

  12. N98-magerun: Creating Hello World

  13. N98-magerun: Understanding phar Files

  14. Developing Commands for N98-magerun

  15. No Frills Command Line Magento

  16. New Chapter for No Frills Command Line Magento

Magento for PHP MVC Developers

This was the original series of articles I wrote on the functionality I thought a PHP developer coming to Magento would want to know about. While some of the details have changed (these were the CE 1.3/CE 1.4 days), working through these articles is still the best way to come up to speed on the system.

  1. The Magento Config

  2. Magento Controller Dispatch and Hello World

  3. Layouts, Blocks and Templates and Addendum

  4. Magento Models and ORM Basics

  5. Magento Setup Resources

  6. Magento Advanced ORM: Entity Attribute Value; Part 1

  7. Custom Magento System Configuration

  8. In Depth Magento System Configuration

  9. Varien Data Collections

  10. Magento System Overrides and Upgradability

  11. Magento Default System Configuration Values

Magento Pulse Storm Launcher

This series covers posts related to the Magento Pulse Storm Launcher, the new free and open source extension from Pulse Storm LLC.

  1. Fast and Painless Magento Admin Navigation

  2. Building the Pulse Storm Launcher: Menu Data

Magento Javascript Code

  1. Magento Javascript Events

The Magento API

Articles diving deeply into an often used, but little understood Magento system.

  1. Scrubbing Bubbles for Magento’s SOAP

  2. The Magento API

  3. Magento API Adapters and Handlers

  4. Magento API SOAP Adapaters and Handlers

  5. Introducing the Mercury API

  6. Debugging Magento API Method Calls

  7. Magento’s SOAP V2 Adapater

  8. Magento’s WS-I Compliant API

The Magento Config, Revisited

  1. The Magento Config, Revisited; Loading the Base Config

  2. Loading Installed Modules and Module Config

  3. Loading System Variables

  4. A Critique and Caching

Posts Inspired by Magento Imagine

A short series spawed by my participation in Magento’s 2011 Imagine conference.

  1. Widgets at Magento Imagine Unconference

  2. Magento Security Fix

Developing The Magento Admin Console

I began this series wanting to get in-depth into the Magento Admin Console, but I severely underestimated how what in-depth would mean here. I’m still struggling with the best way to present Admin Console development that’s useful to both newbies and experienced developers. Still, these articles contain useful information that might help you through a specific problem, or give you a jumping off point for your own research.

  1. Magento Admin Hello World

  2. Magento Access Control Lists

  3. Validating System Configuration Values

  4. Magento Admin Hello World Revisited

In Depth Magento Dispatch

An incredibly deep dive on how Magento handles URL routing. This series started because I wanted to write a quick article on Magento URL rewrites, and it turned out you couldn’t teach people about rewrites without explaining their place in Magento’s routing system.

  1. Top Level Routers

  2. The Standard Router

  3. Stock Routers

  4. Request Rewrites

  5. Advanced Request Rewrites

Magento Projects

Project posts! Most of these cover modules I’ve uploaded to Magento Connect.

  1. Module List Module

  2. Magento Configuration Search

  3. Layout Unremove 1.0.1: Fix for Caching Bug

  4. An Unremove Tag for Magento Layout XML

  5. Reference for Magento Block Action Methods

  6. Django Routes with Magento and Simple Page

  7. Tar Archive to Magento Connect

  8. Magento TinyMCE and HTML5

Pulse Storm Posts

Posts about the software company I own and operate, and without which none of this would be possible.

  1. Pulse Storm GitHub and Station Identification

  2. New Book: No Frills Magento Layout

  3. Commerce Bug Announcement

  4. Commerce Bug 1.0.2 is Out

  5. Commerce Bug 1.1 and Supporting the Future

  6. Commerce Bug 1.2

  7. Commerce Bug 1.3 released

  8. Commerce Bug Tutorial: Access Control

  9. Commerce Bug 2.3 Release

  10. Commerce Bug 2.3.1 with Theme Inheritance

Miscellaneous Magento Articles

The everything else bucket. Typically when I post a stand-alone article it will end up here.

  1. Magento Front Controller

  2. Reinstalling Magento Modules

  3. Clearing the Magento Cache

  4. Magento’s Class Instantiation Abstraction and Autoload

  5. Magento Development Environment

  6. Logging Magento’s Controller Dispatch

  7. Magento Configuration Lint

  8. Slides from Magento Developer’s Paradise

  9. Generated Magento Model Code

  10. Magento Knowledge Base

  11. Magento Connect Role Directories

  12. Magento Base Directories

  13. PHP Error Handling and Magento Developer Mode

  14. Magento Compiler Mode

  15. Magento: Standard OOP Still Applies

  16. Magento: Debugging with Varien Object

  17. Generating Google Sitemaps in Magento

  18. IE9 fix for Magento

  19. Magento’s Many 404 Pages

  20. Magento Quickies

  21. Commerce Bug in Magento CE 1.6

  22. Welcome to Magento: Pre-Innovate

  23. Magento’s Global Variable Design Patterns

  24. Magento 2: Factory Pattern and Class Rewrites

  25. Magento Block Lifecycle Methods

  26. Goodnight and Goodluck

  27. Magento Attribute Migration Generator

  28. Fixing Magento Flat Collections with Chaos

  29. Pulse Storm Launcher in Magento Connect

  30. StackExchange and the Year of the Site Builder

  31. StackExchange and the Year of the Site Builder

  32. StackExchange and the Year of the Site Builder

  33. Programmer’s 404 Page for Magento

  34. Anatomy of the Magento PHP 5.4 Patch

  35. Validating a Magento Connect Extension

  36. Magento Cross Area Sessions

  37. Review of Grokking Magento

  38. Imagine 2014: Magento 1.9 Infinite Theme Fallback

  39. Magento Ultimate Module Creator Review

  40. Magento Imagine 2014: Parent/Child Themes

  41. Early Magento Session Instantiation is Harmful

  42. Using Squid for Local Hostnames on iPads

  43. Magento, Varnish, and Turpentine

Modules used in the Magento for PHP MVC Developers Series

When I started writing Magento articles, I tried to post finished code for a particular module. I quickly found the thought of creating, and then testing these finished modules was sapping my motivation to write, so I stopped.