MageTalk Episode 176 – Certification Extravaganza! (w/ Peter Manijak, Magento U)

Recorded LIVE on June 20, 2018 we dive deep into Magento certification exams for Magento 2 and beyond. Special guests include Peter Manijak from Magento U, Magento Master David Alger from Classy Llama, and Todd Christensen of Something Digital.

If you want to hear about the future of Magento certification this is your chance – catch the replay of the live stream below or listen now!

MageTalk Episode 175 – “Pixelated Face of Mine” (w/ Andrew Levine, Magento)

Recorded LIVE on May 23, 2018 we interview Magento PWA developer Andrew Levine to talk about the future of the Magento platform. This was days after the Adobe / Magento acquisition news so the timing was incredible. Andrew goes into depth about how PWA works, what Magento’s vision is for the direction of the product in a PWA world, and how others can contribute.

You can watch the live stream back here or listen in our RSS feed as per usual. Check it out!

MageTalk Episode 174 – LIVE with Slava from Atwix (w/ Slava Kravchuk)

The beginning of a long stint of live podcasts as recorded on Youtube, we sit down with Slava from Atwix before his long overland journey from Ukraine to South Africa! Atwix is a premier Magento partner and has done a wealth of work in the ecosystem.

Watch the Youtube Video below or listen to the podcast – either way – buckle up because we dive in deep for 90+ minutes of content – from Magento Cloud to Open Source contribution!

Listen now!

MageTalk Episode 173 – Kalen Visits Ecommerce Fuel

In this special edition of MageTalk our very own Kalen Jordan appears on the Ecommerce Fuel podcast, a podcast for a community of engaged 6 and 7-figure digital commerce store owners. The show is hosted by Andrew Youderian and Kalen was a guest. Recorded in February of 2018 you’ll enjoy this deep dive into the historical roots of Magento and what the modern Magento stack looks like.

Listen now!

MageTalk Episode 172 – “The Magento Community Productivity Quotient”

“They thought I did it in Node.js and I did it in jQuery and they emoji’d me to death” Kalen reacts to the livestream and Phillip talks about the SD Accelerator, Magento 2.0 End of Life, long-term support, the coming onslaught of B2B into our Magento builds.

Show Notes

Coming soon!

MageTalk Episode 169 – An Evening with Eric Hileman

Eric Hileman from MageMojo and Mojo Stratus fame join us to get down and dirty in the nitties and the gritties about what makes scaling on AWS so difficult, and how running Magento in the cloud takes more expertise now than ever before.

Listen now!

Show Notes

Coming Soon!


MageTalk Episode 167 – The Left Hand of Agreement / The Right Hand of Discord

What happens when Phillip forgets his headphones? Terrible audio quality, that’s what! Recorded 30 days before Imagine 2018 and never released, this episode held up production due to its neverending issues and basically almost never saw the light of day. Not for the faint of heart – this one is for the true fans that can’t get enough of MageTalk.

You’ve been warned!

Show Notes

2:12 Shoptalk Shenanigans

Phillip has insider knowledge that says (contrary to what Gary Benerofe (@garymediaspa) says) that the first twenty minutes are actually the most entertaining and not just filler.

Dissension amongst the ranks!

3:32 Distributed Contribution Day (say that five times fast)

Distributed-cd in GitHub if ya nasty.

419 tickets, over 40 pull requests, and over a dozen Magento agencies took part in Distributed Contribution Day. The boys break down the details of the repository.

Kalen gives a shoutout to Atwix for their great contributions.

Is this the new MageStackDay?

6:41 Some Magento Complaints

Shoutout to the echoing audio in this section.

Phillip gives a lot of exposition before complaining about Partner Points and the amount of contribution some developers give without getting any recognition.

Is this creating uncertainty in the Magento Partner community?

13:08 A complaint within a complaint

Kalen brings up the change in Magento certification naming.

Does this sound like a downgrade to you?

14:20 Another Distributed Contribution Day Shoutout

Kalen gives a shoutout to the elusive Peter O’Callaghan (@pete_cags) for a making rare appearance.

15:50 Shameless Commerce Hero Plug

Kalen gives us some updates on Commerce Hero’s recent successes and what he’s been working on.

Congrats, man.

17:42 The Search Workflow

Phillip asks Kalen what his search workflow looks like and how he handles this important step for Commerce Hero. Kalen breaks down what queries he uses as well as what’s important when matching potential applicants to positions.

“When you simplify, clean things up, and speed things up…something happens where some of the loss of functionality ends up being positive because speed is so important.” -Kalen Jordan

26:35 GraphQL is useful as Hell

Max Bucknell (@maxbucknell) did a presentation at NoMad Mage on GraphQL and Magento 2.3 that floored Phillip with the simplicity of getting data from multiple sources using one query.

Watch the video here.

Now that’s useful.

31:24 Component Driven Architecture

Phillip discusses how component driven architecture is making a comeback.

“Component Driven Architecture is going to change the way that we’re designing and the way that we’re building to where we will have almost functional mockups.” -Phillip Jackson

33:05 The Cost of Strict Deadlines

Kalen mentions a very transparent and telling tweet from Joshua Warren (@JoshuaSWarren) that shows the cost of some strict agency deadlines.

Mental health is important, folks. Take care of yourself.

35:08 Mental Health for the Self-Employed

Phillip asks Kalen what Mental Health looks like for those that are self-employed. Kalen breaks down the differences between what he faces today and what he has experienced in the past. Phillip then goes into the stresses he faces working remotely full time along with the multitude of side projects he takes on.

“Being able to turn it off and know where your limits are is really hard when you’re working at home or especially when you work for yourself.” -Phillip Jackson

40:31 Mentor/Mentee Matching

Kalen mentions a tweet by Sander Mangel (@sandermangel) regarding matching mentors and mentees and then goes into the details on how he matches the two.

44:28 Compensation for Mentorship

Phillip asks Kalen what he thinks about compensation for a mentorship position. Does it water the value of the relationship down when someone has to pay for it? He brings up how Alan Storm (@alanstorm) uses Patreon to distribute his mentorship.

Kalen is also looking for a mentee. Hint, hint.

48:05 Some Magento Community Love

Phillip gushes about how forthcoming and giving the Magento community is with its time and resources.

Y’all are a good bunch.

51:08 Shoutouts Upon Shoutouts

Kalen gives a shoutout to Brian Taylor (@BrianTaylorhere) at Forix for being a loyal follower of the show.

Another shoutout goes to Max Pronko (@max_pronko) for just hitting the 1,000 subscribers mark on his YouTube Channel. Congrats!

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-Gary Benerofe (@garymediaspa)

-Peter O’Callaghan (@pete_cags)

-Max Bucknell (@maxbucknell)

-Joshua Warren (@JoshuaSWarren)

-Sander Mangel (@sandermangel)

-Alan Storm (@alanstorm)

-Brian Taylor (@BrianTaylorhere)

-Max Pronko (@max_pronko)



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