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In a surprise mid-week episode, the boys talk about the disruptive power of marketplaces, sustainable initiatives, and predict how AI might bring about the end of the world. Listen now!
Watch the video live stream here.
3:40 Humming Makes Your Voice Better
Kalen enlightens us with the information that humming makes your voice sound better. Both Kalen and Phillip talk about how their children are constantly humming.
4:54 The Fast Track to Magento Certification
The Magento 2 Certified Associate Developer Examn is not an easy test. Something Digital has a program that takes new hires and guides them from no knowledge of Magento all the way through being a certified developer. Phillip also goes into some detail on the mentor program that Something Digital uses.
Kalen asks if Something Digital has ever considered talking about how they organize their mentorship programs at conferences.
Phillip says that there has been some talk about open-sourcing the whole process.
10:25 A Useful Data Dump
Phillip brings up Hawraf, a company that shut down but dumped all of their data that wasn’t client-facing into a Google Drive that chronicles all of the tools they used and created when forming their business.
Getting a point-in-time snapshot of a creative agency at the top of their game that details successes and failures is an invaluable resource.
More companies, especially services organizations like a creative agency could benefit of having a culture of extreme openness.
Kalen remembers a payments company that used Github publically for everything that they did. He also brings up how he was recently watching a Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee) video in which Gary says that he gives out all of his best tactics in a very transparent way.
15:27 An Interesting AI Shift
Phillip brings up a podcast called Culturally Relevant in which the host David Chen was talking about how they handle AI in the Matrix film universe and how AI would actually destroy the real world.
Kalen thinks that Elon Musk’s take on AI with the neural link is especially brilliant. Basically, we can’t stop AI from progressing, but the neural link will connect our brains directly to all of the AIs of the world and we will be essentially able to compete with the AIs.
I thought this was a Magento Podcast?
21:07 Marketplaces, API, and Magic Quadrants
.@meetmagentonyc is almost upon us. Just a couple of weeks to go. I'm getting a little bit excited for my first NY trip.
Here are some of my agenda highlights of talks to look out for https://t.co/n2WgCmGKu5
— Tom Robertshaw (@bobbyshaw) August 20, 2019
PJ HOT TAKE – You can’t be Magecarted if you’re not on Mage!
Phillip also talks about some of his personal history of giving talks on the digital shopping cart and how marketplaces have the power to be disruptive in the industry.
Marketplaces create a unique opportunity for people to participate in retail where they wouldn’t normally be able to. You need talented people to be able to pull this off (especially on Magento cloud) so there are definite hurdles in creating a marketplace.
Adobe/Magento was just rated as a top tier platform in the new Gartner Magic Quadrant and there was a fascinating article from commercetools CPO Kelly Goetsch about how this was the first magic quadrant that used API as one of the qualifiers for a top tier platform. This allows other competitors like commercetools to rise above larger companies because the game is changing.
35:21 Meet Magento New York Agenda
Phillip tries to remember some companies that attempted to use Magento to push the envelope and set trends in the eCommerce world.
Kalen was looking through the Meet Magento New York agenda and noticed that there was a lot to do with API and headless options. He also notices a talk on Adobe Sensei which he is really excited about.
The boys continue to beat the dead horse that is the lack of coupon code joke.
39:02 The Rumor Mill is Turning
Phillip has heard through the grapevine about a restructure of Magento and Marketo within Adobe. It looks like the former Marketo CMO Sarah Kennedy Ellis will be heading the marketing efforts behind Magento as a product.
Magento is further separating its commercial sales practice from its enterprise sales practice and Gary Specter (@gspecter) is going to take over the commercial sales for both Magento and Marketo.
45:01 Hot Takes on Hosting
Kalen put out some tweets that were asking about where people did their hosting.
Where are you hosting magento and how are you liking it? (DM me if you'd rather share privately)
— Kalen Jordan (@kalenjordan) August 20, 2019
He got a lot of responses and a lot of people had very strong opinions on their hosting.
TIL that quite a few magento people host on AWS
— Kalen Jordan (@kalenjordan) August 21, 2019
The boys give some of their hot takes on the ins and out of hosting as weill as some of the struggles that companies face if they want to host themselves without going to a hosting provider.
Spoiler: don’t do your own hosting.
55:30 Future Commerce Sustainability Initiative
Phillip has challenged both himself and Future Commerce to state what they are going to be doing to affirm their commitment to sustainable business practices. They put out a press release last week announcing that they have created their own Sustainability Initiative but will also hold their partners to this sustainability initiative.
Google Cloud is the only cloud provider that runs all of their server centers on 100% renewable energy, so all of Future Commerce’s infrastructure will be moved to Google Cloud.
59:09 Kalen Challenges the Data
There was an interesting graph that Kalen saw on Twitter that sparked some opinions.
America's second most prevalent form of wealth creation behind home ownership is starting a business.
Note this decline in startups. pic.twitter.com/t1SLlt2GNP
— Web Smith (@web) August 14, 2019
Essentially, this graph is saying that startups are in decline, but Kalen doesn’t believe this at all. He personally knows so many people that own side businesses, and can’t imagine how this doesn’t apply to the American Economy in general.
Phillip speculates how this graph was created and essentially, the avenues that someone can take to start a business are now almost limitless, but back in 1979, there were far fewer ways to begin your own business. Entrepreneurship in 2019 in the United States can be associated with apps that don’t have to be registered with the state in order to be in business for themselves.
The boys get into the future of the show and what possible directions the content could go in.
–Magento 2 Certified Associate Developer Examn
–Hawraf Google Drive
–Culturally Relevant Podcast
–Meet Magento New York
–Magento Gartner Magic Quadrant
–commercetools Article on the Gartner Magic Quadrant
–Future Commerce Sustainability Initiative
Jake and Michael discuss all the latest Laravel releases, tutorials, and happenings in the community.
This episode was streamed live.
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- 11 benefits of Tailwind CSS
- Getting started with Tailwind CSS custom forms plugin
- Testing time with Carbon and the Test Time package
- Laravel queue driver for RabbitMQ
- AMQP is a painless way to use RabbitMQ with Laravel
- Video platforms parser
- ClamAV anti-virus validator for Laravel
- ClamAV scanner for Flysystem
- Register multilingual routes in Laravel
- Mask sensitive data with the PHP Masked package
- GitHub announces dependency graph support for PHP
- Laravel Stats 2.0 is here
- Laravel error page illustrations
- Laravel scopes generator
- Laravel fireable attributes
- API logger package
- Scheduled task events added to Laravel 6.0.4
Kalen and Phillip get into some serious gossip about the future of Adobe Open Source as they dive into the truth behind some high-level employee departures from Adobe. What does the future of open source look like?
You can also watch the video live stream here.
2:10 Just Do It, Buy a Technology Partner
In true Phillip fashion, he starts the show off with a Nike tidbit.
Are we surprised?
Nike just acquired Celect which holds a cutting-edge intellectual property portfolio across data science and software engineering. Celect’s cloud-based analytics platform provides proprietary insights that allow retailers to optimize inventory across an omnichannel environment through hyper-local demand predictions.
The interesting part is that Celect houses the data of some of Nike’s competitors like Puma and Aldo, so technically, Nike now owns that data.
5:53 What is the future of Open Source?
There was a recent tweet that shed some light on some pretty big news from the Adobe front.
— willem wigman (@willemwigman) August 13, 2019
Phillip will always remember David as the founder and creator of MageEngage, and once again reminds us of his superpower to resurrect dead podcasts with his words.
9:08 A Little Birdie Told Me
Kalen hints that he’s heard that someone else is leaving Adobe from an inside source.
Phillip tries to pry and get the dirt on who’s leaving.
Phillip also credits Kalen for teaching him all of his YouTuber skills.
10:52 Here’s the Deal…
There is a dramatic uptick in people leaving Magento (two so far….I guess that’s an uptick?).
The boys break down the details of who has left so far, and what that means for both Magento and the Magento Association.
Is the Magento Association just for events and has it done something that has directly affected open source?
To answer this, the boys have to head to the Magento Association website.
Eric Hileman (@ericvhileman) from MageMojo gives a lot of good feedback on this topic in the comments. Eric says that the Magento Association has no funding from Adobe other than Magento/Adobe paying for SmithBucklin.
If one or two people leaving Adobe as a company has a material impact on the future of Magento and open source, then we were probably doomed from the start. I would hope that one or two people do not have direct and total control of the open source vision at Adobe.
19:57 A Larger Shift
While one or two people don’t make or break the future of open source, is it indicative of a large shift?
Matt Asay was at Adobe for three years and nine months, and this is a pretty standard tenure for someone in the tech industry.
David Manners was at Adobe for one year and eleven months, so just under the two-year mark.
Kalen harkens back to when the acquisition was happening and how excited Matt was with the merging of the communities. Excited enough to leave altogether it seems.
Phillip also goes into some more detail on the logistics behind Matt Asay’s leaving. There might have been the possibility for a relocation that was not necessarily wanted by some of the open source team.
Does the acquisition of Magento strengthen Adobe’s stance on open source? The restructuring could be a hint at some very positive growth and not the harbinger of an open source apocalypse.
Does Magento give Adobe an advantage in open source?
35:52 Boons and Shifts
Phillip would put money on the fact that this is a chance for Magento to show that they are doing better than any other organization within Adobe. He also hopes that Adobe will shift and give Magento control over more aspects of the Adobe umbrella in the future.
Kalen points out that one thing that they are not giving to Magento is the ability to hire remotely. Magento was beginning to make several remote hires right before the acquisition, but with the acquisition, these remote hires are being reversed and a requirement to be within certain offices is being set.
Hiring remotely is a huge competitive advantage.
If someone is not willing to relocate and change their life around a job, then those people were probably more prone to leave at some point. This could be a strategy for retention to see what employees are in it for the long haul.
David chimes in that he was never asked to move and that remote work is still a possibility.
41:50 Jumping Ship
Kalen says that there is a non-trivial number of people that left Magento right after its acquisition by Adobe.
43:10 Commerce Hero Updates
Phillip asks if Commerce Hero has been around long enough to have a median time of employment for its placements.
Kalen says that it would be useful if he could pull in the LinkedIn work histories, but claims that the LinkedIn APIs are a hot mess. To do basic authentication and get a basic avatar image, the API is great, but to do anything more than that, fuhgeddaboutit.
Phillip asks TJ Gamble (@ecommerceaholic) if his new streaming set up is working out.
Kalen also calls out Phillip for hating on the audience participation portions of the show back in the day. Phillip says that is because he used to be concerned about the purity of an audio podcast.
How times have changed…
45:19 Future Commerce Update
Phillip announces that Future Commerce has relaunched its subscriber email to shift to be more brand focused and that they are scaling out into market research.
Getting deep into market research.
47:44 Salary Survey
Commerce Hero is about to do a salary survey. All you have to do is authorize your LinkedIn account and then input your salary. Kalen says this authorization will make the survey more credible.
Phillip says he would absolutely fill out the survey if it was anonymous, but would absolutely not fill the survey out if he had to say who he was.
Phillip polls the live audience to see if they would take the survey.
Kalen incentivizes the survey by releasing more detail on the results depending on if you identify who you are.
52:00 A PSA from Phillip
Phillip says that if you are an agency that is listening to this episode, it is super important for you to be asking your customers what they think of you. It is also super important for you to understand what your customers think they need from you. You can get additional insights into this feedback depending on how you ask the questions.
All of this information is part of improving your company and making your customers happy.
Kalen goes back to asking how to get more people to take the Salary Survey.
54:59 Let’s Talk About Mage2.tv (COUPON ALERT)
Kalen now has an account at Mage2.tv and gives out some coupon codes.
Simply enter the code “MageTalk” to get a 4-week free trial.
Kalen is very happy that MageTalk can once again offer coupon codes.
Kalen also sings some praises at the content on Mage2.tv and it makes him think about how much the Magento community has evolved.
A huge shoutout to Vinai Kopp (@VinaiKopp) for having a successful community-focused product.
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Networking is not just for sales people, it’s for everyone. If you are ever going to need another job, another client, another community member, you are going to have to learn how to network. The problem for developers is that a lot of us are uncomfortable walking up to strangers and just talking. Networking expert Dave Delaney shares invaluable tips for developers who want to master this important skill.