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Hyvä Themes 6 months ago

Hyvä themes is a brand-new frontend for Magento 2 with the best DevExperience, Performance and Time to Market.

After having used and maintained my own Magento Docker environment for a few years now, I decided to move over to Mark Shust's Magento Docker environment. Only started to use it but I am already very excited as it is very flexible and customizable. Great job from Mark.

And it's open source so everyone can participate to file and fix issues (https://github.com/markshust/docker-magento/issues/309) and help each other out (https://courses.m.academy/courses/487758/lectures/9064617/comments/8671997) .

Fun fact: while doing my own study for the Magento Professional Developer Certification exam I checked my own Magento 2 FE course on LinkedIn learning to find out that it has been watched more then 4100 times and received almost 250 likes. I don't whether that's a good or bad score, but anyhow... I like it!

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.

During February and March 2020 I was responsible for the FE migration of a multi store and heavily customized multi theme Magento Commerce store.

This involved

  1. analyzing and documenting:
  • all Magento FE changes and enhancements related to the versions between current and upgraded version (creating an overview in Confluence with most important FE changes based upon the Magento official release notes).
  • JS customizations (including overrides and mixins). Decide whether the overrides where still required or could be optimized (e.g. optimized jquery/ui requires)
  • all core theme template overrides and customizations. Decide whether custom templates needed to be updated with core upgrade changes.
  • 3rd party module changes (JS, templates, XML layout).
  1. Development: doing the actual changes
  2. Testing and bug fixing
  3. Deployment documentation
  4. Go-live assistance

This was an extensive job given the many customizations and overrides within the various themes. Luckily my years of experience with Magento upgrades helped a lot here (being able to extract a good 'diff' of all files, being able to assess what must and what must not be updated, understanding implications of changes and documenting this all in Confluence so creating a good reference for future upgrades).

The result: a smooth upgrade and launch without any production issues. Mission accomplished!

In December 2019 and January 2020 I worked on a project to migrate Magento 2.2.x Bluefoot content and custom content types to Magento 2.3.3. Pagebuilder. This is for an international ecommerce fashion merchant, a content heavy multi site store with lots of beautiful and carefully crafted content and Bluefoot customizations that all needed to be ported. So in addition to coding the custom PageBuilder migration and content type modules, this also involved extensive consulting with e-commerce delivery management and content team, to prepare for a smooth go live. Making sure that the pages still looked as smooth after migration as they did before. Which we succeeded in!

Development concerning a Magento 1 to Magento 2 Commerce migration. I was part of a larger development team from an awarded Magento solution partner. A large project with highly customized BE + FE functionality. During the 9 months (February - November 2019) that I worked on this project, I was responsible for the global theme setup of the hybrid Magento2 FE theme (part M2 stack, part customized and modern SCSS, ES6 and React stack) , co-operated in updating the Webpack based FE build tooling (to be able to compile SCSS partials, ES6 and ReactJS components), worked on the React based checkout, and introduced new FE developers into the Magento 2 FE. I was also privileged to work as a hybrid BE / FE developer on account page functionality (product reviews and wishlist) where I did both the BE and FE work to enhance Magento's OOTB functionality. A great project to work on, a great team to work with!

Over a period of 5 months, I've worked on some experience-enhancing features for both bbbcyling.com and focus-bikes.com.

Over the past 2,5 years I've been leading the frontend development part of the Royal Dutch Gazelle website (gazellebikes.com). Features I worked on include an AJAX catalog, new checkout flow, product detail page with a KnockoutJS powered bike configurator, many BlueFoot components, a dealer finder, and many more. Additionally, I took care of (performance) issues.

Yogini/Yogitri 1 year ago

Magento 2 (multi) store, Migration from magento 1

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