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Below you'll find all the Miscellaneous Magento Articles articles on the site.

Magento Block Lifecycle Methods

There's two design patterns used in PHP systems that are often conflated. First, there's the event/observer pattern. This pattern allows a system-developer to issue global events which client-developers may then setup listener object/methods/functions for. These listeners observe the event, and then perform some action


A Better Magento 404 Page

One of the most common Magento questions on Stack Overflow or the Magento Stack Exchange is a variation on "why does my MVC controller 404?" While powerful, Magento's configuration based MVC system leaves lots of room for subtle configuration errors. Not only do


Magento Cross Area Sessions

Happy spring everyone, today it's just a quick post about a new Magento module I've put up on GitHub enabling cross area sessions. This module allows you to access information about the logged in admin user from Magento's frontend cart application, or access information


Review of Grokking Magento

In 2014 a newcomer to Magento is, all things considered, in much better shape than a newcomer was in 2009. While far from complete, the developer's series (originally written by me, since updated by Magento staff) gives a developer the grounding they need in