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This entry is part 20 of 43 in the series Miscellaneous Magento Articles. Earlier posts include Magento Front Controller, Reinstalling Magento Modules, Clearing the Magento Cache, Magento's Class Instantiation Abstraction and Autoload, Magento Development Environment, Logging Magento's Controller Dispatch, Magento Configuration Lint, Slides from Magento Developer's Paradise, Generated Magento Model Code, Magento Knowledge Base, Magento Connect Role Directories, Magento Base Directories, PHP Error Handling and Magento Developer Mode, Magento Compiler Mode, Magento: Standard OOP Still Applies, Magento: Debugging with Varien Object, Generating Google Sitemaps in Magento, IE9 fix for Magento, and Magento's Many 404 Pages. Later posts include Commerce Bug in Magento CE 1.6, Welcome to Magento: Pre-Innovate, Magento's Global Variable Design Patterns, Magento 2: Factory Pattern and Class Rewrites, Magento Block Lifecycle Methods, Goodnight and Goodluck, Magento Attribute Migration Generator, Fixing Magento Flat Collections with Chaos, Pulse Storm Launcher in Magento Connect, StackExchange and the Year of the Site Builder, Scaling Magento at Copious, Incremental Migration Scripts in Magento, A Better Magento 404 Page, Anatomy of the Magento PHP 5.4 Patch, Validating a Magento Connect Extension, Magento Cross Area Sessions, Review of Grokking Magento, Imagine 2014: Magento 1.9 Infinite Theme Fallback, Magento Ultimate Module Creator Review, Magento Imagine 2014: Parent/Child Themes, Early Magento Session Instantiation is Harmful, Using Squid for Local Hostnames on iPads, and Magento, Varnish, and Turpentine.

As with most successful blogs, my success here has led to success elsewhere. I have three or four half finished articles that are going to have to stay that way for a few more months.

To make up for my absence, I’ve started a new Tumblr blog called Magento Quickies. My approach with Quickies is to act as a hub for the Magento community to share short quirks, gotchas, or little debugging tips without having to go too deep into the sprawling “here’s how the earth was formed” context that comes with a general tutorial. My ideal reader is that lone-but-enthusiastic Magento developer who isn’t surrounded by a team where this sort of knowledge exchange happens naturally.

Content wise I’ll be happy with the site if it’s just a brain dump for me and an archive of my Twitter research. That said, if you’ve got something you think is worth sharing I’m happy to re-blog (is that a Tumblr thing? “Social” confuses me) or whip up a guest post with your tip and a link back to you.

Magento U training has been a great addition to the community, but it’s only a start. As more and more developers pick-up the core-architecture patterns of the platform, we need to start sharing this sort of knowledge with each other. It not-only helps us get our jobs done, but also helps us advocate for smart-changes as eBay’s Magento division continues to develop the core platform.

Between GSI, Magento, and mobile commerce, there’s a lot going on in online retail right now. Anyone who knows how it’s going to turn out is lying to themselves. One thing is certain though. Understanding the technology your business runs on is more important than ever, and the Magento system is going to be a part of the online retail landscape for a long time.

Originally published June 13, 2011
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