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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 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, followed by a chronological listing of the same. You may also browse the 3 series directly via the following links. Pestle, Four Steps to Async Iterators, and, Checking in on OpenMage and Magento in 2020.


  1. Pestle 1.1.1 Released
  2. Pestle 1.1.2 Released
  3. Magento 2 Setup Migration Scripts
  4. Pestle 1.2.1 Released
  5. Sending Text Messages with PHP, pestle, and Nexmo
  6. Pestle 1.3 and AbstractModel UI Generation
  7. Pestle 1.4.1 and the Merits of Inheritance
  8. Pestle 1.4.4 Released
  9. Pestle Docs Done (for now)
  10. Pestle 1.4.2 Now Available
  11. Installing Pestle via. Homebrew
  12. Pestle 1.5.2 Released

Four Steps to Async Iterators

  1. ES6 Symbols
  2. Javascript Generators
  3. ES6's Many for Loops and Iterable Objects
  4. Async Generators and Async Iteration in Node.js

Checking in on OpenMage and Magento in 2020

  1. Checking in on OpenMage and Magento in 2020
  2. Composer Plugins and Installers
  3. Installing OpenMage: Bridging a Generational Gap

An Open Source Story: CentOS

So here’s one story to tell about the recent announcement that CentOS Stream will become the only CentOS. I’m not deep in these particular communities — most of this is just things I’ve picked up over the years and some light googling. The Story In the beginning — around the year 2000 — an enterprise [...]


A Brief History of Unix

My internets brought me this boring looking syllabus for a MacEwan University course on the unix command line. The course itself looks both useful and practical, but what piqued my interest was the slides from the first three lectures contain one of the most concise-yet-digestible descriptions of the long history of unix variants [...]


Commerce Bug 2.3.5 Released

I just pushed the big red button on the 2.3.5 release of Commerce Bug. This is a small bug fix release that allows Commerce Bug to run in Magento systems that have opted to remove the RequireJS library. Commerce Bug doesn’t rely on RequireJS for any core functionality — even back in 2015 I was wary enough of the new [...]


Pestle 1.5.3 Released

A small bug fix release for everyone’s my favorite Magento 2 code generation tool and ad-hoc PHP module system. This fixes a small bug in the magento2:generate:schema-add-column command that only triggered when using pestle’s interactive mode. This bug, although small, was interesting to the software builder in me for a a few [...]


Pulse Storm Site Refreshed

After over a decade on the 2010 version of Square Space I decided it was time to migrate my company’s tiny little website over to the new version of Square Space — the hegemony of black text on a white background comes for us all. Hats off to Square Space for keeping the old platform around for for commoditizing the bespoke [...]


Good Old PHP

After three years at the day job I’ve been granted access to a physical escape key. I prefer a “build everything back by hand” approach to setting up a new laptop, and this includes pulling over two locally run PHP applications I use to automate my job. One’s a WordPress P2 instance I use to log my daily work, the [...]


Javascript Generators

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Four Steps to Async Iterators. Earlier posts include ES6 Symbols. Later posts include ES6's Many for Loops and Iterable Objects, and Async Generators and Async Iteration in Node.js. Generators are weird. They make programs behave in ways that are non-obvious. This weirdness easily turns into [...]