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Category: Programming Quickies

Back in they day, I ran a Tumblr blog named Magento Quickies where I’d post shorter, less in-depth posts about my travels through Magento’s source code. This Programming Quickies categories is the successor to that Tumblr blog. You’ll find all the old Magento Quickies content here, as well as new short posts about programming in general.

This section has its own RSS feed, the old Magento Quickies feed should should be redirecting, and we’re cross posting notifications for new posts over to magento-quickies.tumblr.com. In other words, you shouldn’t need to know any of this, but the duct tape that keeps the internet held together isn’t aging well, so your mileage may vary.

Below you'll find all the Programming Quickies articles on the site.

Headless Magento 2 Resources

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Headless Magento 2 Resources “Headless Magento” – that is, an ecommerce store whose user interface uses some other technology stack for the UI/UX (i.e. javascript) while relying on Magento’s REST API endpoints for store functionality – is a hot topic in the Magento world. While this approach can explode a project’s budget (you’re reimplementing the a front-end store and any extension functionality) it is, none-the-less, popular with agencies looking to put their javascript engineering teams to work. If your sales team has thrown you in the headless deep-end, the sitewards/headless-magento2-resources and ishakhsuvarov/going-headless GitHub repositories are two small projects that are […]

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Magento 2 VirtualTypes at Runtime

Whether you’re using your IDE, a debugging extension, or calling get_class and new ReflectionClass yourself, PHP (or any language’s) ability to examine itself at runtime is a vital tool for debugging a program. Most bugs come down to “this variable does not have what I thought it had in it”, or “the thing in [...]

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Text Columns in Magento 2 DDL

I’m working on adding DDL (data definition language) code generation to pestle – i.e. the code that ultimately creates your database tables that lives in the InstallSchema or UpgradeSchema classes. I came across this bit of weirdness #File: vendor/magento/module-cms/Setup/InstallSchema.php )->addColumn( 'identifier', [...]

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