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Pestle 1.4.4 Released

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Pestle. Earlier posts include Pestle 1.1.1 Released, Pestle 1.1.2 Released, Magento 2 Setup Migration Scripts, Pestle 1.2.1 Released, Sending Text Messages with PHP, pestle, and Nexmo, Pestle 1.3 and AbstractModel UI Generation, and Pestle 1.4.1 and the Merits of Inheritance. Later posts include [...]

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What is Async/Await Good For?

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Async Javascript for PHP Programmers. Earlier posts include The Challenges of Asynchronous Grammar, Promises: A Better Asynchronous Grammar, The Practical Problems of Javascript Promises, and Promise State. This is the most recent post in the series. The unstated point of this series was to get us [...]

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Promise State

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Async Javascript for PHP Programmers. Earlier posts include The Challenges of Asynchronous Grammar, Promises: A Better Asynchronous Grammar, and The Practical Problems of Javascript Promises. Later posts include What is Async/Await Good For?. Last time we said we’d be reaching the summit of [...]

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Magento Javascript Bundling

Putting aside my feelings on folks opting to distribute information via gists instead of their own websites, this gist from Andrew Levine does a great job summarizing the problems and challenges with efficiently distributing javascript via Magento 2’s standard systems. He includes some of the projects folks use to work around these [...]

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BASIC Nostalgia

I was minding my own business when the internet threw these old “Micro Adventure” books in my face, and I was hit with a flood of old memories. Pre “Hunger Games style” YA books, written in the second person, with basic programs interwoven into the ludicrous-to-adults adventure stories. That led me down the [...]

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The Code Generation that Never Was

Today’s link comes via Process Eight, via my Patreon slack room. It’s slides from a old Magento 2 talk, made prior to the release of Magento 2. The talk itself seems to have been taken offline. The code generation the slides refers to is Magento’s automatic code generation that happens behind the scenes when you use a [...]

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The Pestle Documentation Project

Back when I still had some hope Magento 2 would be the same sort of open-source-for-everyone platform that Magento 1 was, and I was working my way through writing the Magento 2 for PHP MVC Developers series, I was simultaneously developing pestle, my command line tool for generating Magento 2 modules. As time went on I realized the [...]

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On $6,000 Computers

Whenever a company releases something that’s crazy expensive (like Apple’s new starting-at $6,000 MacPro, $5,000 monitor, and $1,000 monitor stand), I think of this almost 30 year old marketing strategy video from Steve Jobs recoded during his NeXT computer days. This was one of those of those random videos that changed how I [...]

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Treehouse Layoffs

The Portland Business journal has a short story on the local (Portland, OR) Treehouse layoffs. This quote jumped out at me. However, [Ryan] Carson said the company has learned that the $25-a-month product is not “the most effective way to empower people to get jobs in tech in the future.” Which — doesn’t surprise [...]

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Basic and Advanced Sylius Routing

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Sylius for Magento and PHP Developers. Earlier posts include Five First Impressions of the Sylius eCommerce System, Symfony's Service Container, Symfony: Autowiring Services, A Brief Look at Every Symfony Service Configuration, Symfony Routes and Stand Alone Controllers, and Symfony Routing [...]

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The Tragedy of systemd

An interesting talk on the history of init and systemd across various different flavors of unix. Touches on software history, how things end up the way they are, and how we respond to change. I am not immersed in this particular unix community, but this talk does a good job of hinting at the later contours of that community.

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What Even is SELinux?

I cam across this surprisingly cogent explanation of what SELinux linux is, including a bit of history about where it came from. There’s probably a paper to be written about the various attempts to improve and build on top of the simple-yet-complex chmod/chown/chgrp permissions scheme at the heart of unix. This video isn’t [...]

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