Changes. Big Changes!

I’ll try to keep this short. So, a bit over 6 years ago I was knocking on a new door, having an interview for a “web developer” position. Got the job (phew!) and so an amazing journey started. I do remember we were a handful of people in a tiny office in Birchwood, Warrington. The […]

Magento 2 API usage

Recently, in my day to day activities I had to figure something out with the Magento API. Magento 2 that is. Which is a beast, to say the least (hey! just made a rhyme!). Anyway, I posted the question  I had at the time in the Magento dedicated subsite on StackExchage in the hope that someone […]

Oh, recruiters…

Part of having an account on LinkedIn is getting tons of emails from recruiters. If  the advertised roles are relevant to you or not, that’s another question. If I think about it actually – is there another benefit of having a LinkedIn account?!  From time to time though, I get real gems like the following: […]

Media Centre Automation

Today, being Saturday and having a bit of spare time on my hands, seemed like a brilliant idea to have a go at furthering my “skills” with the Amazon Alexa gadget. This time, I wanted to see how an integration between Alexa and the KODI media centre would be like. In simple terms, the workflow is […]

Amazon Alexa skills

Having the Amazon Echo Dot for a while now, I thought it’s about time to see how the “skills development” for Alexa works. So far that was really simple, but in all fairness, it is a simple skill to develop. I named the skill “your favourite dog”, so you can invoke it with a simple […]

Magento 2 Fundamentals

Yey! Finally managed to complete the “Fundamentals of M2 Development”  training course, and since it’s not yet a certification, it’s a nice to have on your cv. It consists of 6 units (modules), and after each one there’s a mini-test. So yeah, good to have, as I said.

Old school

Wow, my last post on this blog was more than 1 year ago! Anyway, this post is about this year’s Christmas present that I got. Everyone who knows me know that I’m a kind of a “music freak”. Obviously, my wife knows this too 🙂 And she got me a turntable this year. She noticed […]

Magento Certified. Plus!

Recently (Thursday, 5/Nov/2015 to be more precise), had my Magento Developer Plus certification exam. After having my “normal” Magento developer certification in 2012, this one was long overdue, really. According to Magento, “you can now list yourself among an elite group of Magento professionals who have demonstrated their superior skills by passing the exam. Whether […]

Magento template path hints in adminhtml

I know this is all over the net, but I’ll post it here for my own reference. So this is how you enable the template hints in the admin: connect to your database, an execute the following query: To disable them after you’re done, just set the new paths (dev/debug/template_hints and dev/debug/template_hints_blocks) to 0. Simples!

Nginx / php-fpm timeout

So, I’m working on a Magento upgrade on a LEMP stack server, and in spite of changing  to 1 hour (3600s), was still giving me the ugly “502 Bad Gateway” message. Foud that there is a setting in PHP-FPM that should to hand-in-hand with the one in nginx,  to be more specific. Increased that to […]