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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.

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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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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Fearless Security: Memory Safety

Fearless Security: Memory Safety is a broad overview of some ways the Rust programming language improves on memory management and race conditions in languages like C or C++ without going full handwave/don’t worry your pretty head about that we’ll manage everything for you. As I’ve gotten more real world experience with [...]

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Service Decorators in Practice

While this isn’t a straight up decorator tutorial, it does describe a practical application of the pattern which (unlike most of the decorator pattern documentation I’ve read) is a decent way of getting your head around the who/what/where/when/why of this pattern, particularly if you’re interested in Symfony’s [...]

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Commerce Bug 3.2.3 Now Available

Another year, another small bug fix release for Commerce Bug. This one takes care of some PHP 7.2 syntax errors (Object is no longer allowed as class name portion) and a slew of weird edge cases where Magento’s event/observer system would send through data that should be an object, but was not an object. It’s unclear if the [...]

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