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From March to August 2020 I worked on various Magento customizations to help a Magento Commerce merchant with their international aspirations. For this the merchant used and implemented the EShopWorld Magento integration.

A challenging time especially as the team was heavily trimmed down because of Covid-19. At a certain point I was the only freelance developer working on the project because the merchant team had to stand-down for some time. I have no problems to work independently so could work in the meantime on the various customisations that were required on top of the ESW module.

These customizations involved BE changes (enhancements, custom modules), FE changes (JS enhancements and overrides, template and layout XML) and maintaining the local Docker environment (nginx config) to make all 20 new international stores locally available and testable.

Development can't be separated from the context you're developing in. Proper documentation (in code and in for example Confluence) can provide the necessary context for now, but even more important, for later (why did we do it this way?). So as part of this project I also documented the architectural decisions and made an overview of all ESW module settings and Magento configurations for the 20 stores in Confluence. ESW depends on both default Magento configurations (like allowed countries, currencies) and ESW specific settings so documenting the what and why provided the necessary context to all stakeholders (dev and business) in the company.

While still in lock-down and working from home, the team eventually completed a successful go-live and international launch as planned.

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