The Zen Of Mindful Programming

In this issue, Doug Dobrzynski helps us focus while programming with his article, Mindful Programming. While this article isn’t PHP specific, if you take time to digest what he’s talking about, I think you will find that all of us could benefit from using daily mindful techniques. In his article, Lessons Learned from Building a WebSocket Server, Torsten Dittmann shows us some of the considerations that had to be made when adding a real-time component to their API. And a bonus feature article from Ed Barnard will help us write better database interactions with Designing For MySQL Transaction Failures.

Our columns continue to offer great content as well. In our Security Corner, Eric Mann brings us Vulnerable and Outdated Components, which made me run and check my servers right away. Chris Tankersly talks about Why We Argue About PHP Upgrades and Changes in Education Station. Community Corner brings more information on some of this year’s turbulent transition of PHP Internals with The PHP Foundation. Joe Ferguson goes into The Workshop and shows us a possible way to speed up Laravel applications with Octane & RoadRunner. Ed Barnard also continues his Here Be Dragons column with Solution Space, where he wants to help us have fun in our craft of programming. Oscar Merida brings another excellent PHP Puzzle where we try to find our Break-Even Point. And finally{}, Beth Tucker-Long rounds out this issue with a follow-up to last month’s Roll With It titled Still Rolling.

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MageTalk Episode 161 – “Cocaine and Caviar”

The guys get down and dirty on #magentohatmonday – which is truly the best of the Magento Community, Imagine MC Duties fall to Phillip, “Winkling” Conversion Rates, Healthcare Startups for Magento.

Show Notes

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Let’s leverage our synergies

And snag the low-hanging fruit

The boys start off the episode with some social lubrication tips and a few examples of deeply moving poetry.

2:56 – The new face of Imagine?

Phil’s face has been plastered all over the internet since the public announcement that Phil was asked to be the Master of Ceremonies for Imagine.

Phil clears up his most asked question whether Mark Lavelle is still in his shower.

6:36 – Warmr Up Your Network

Kalen and Tom Robertshaw have begun work on Warmr, an app that helps you follow up with people in your existing network. Hopefully the landing page is up by now…

“It’s a simple web app that pulls in your contacts from social and email and gives you an easy way to follow up with people you haven’t been in touch with.” -Kalen Jordan

Phil thinks it could be pretty cool. Don’t panic, it’s a CRM. Or is it?

10:26 – Throwing Back 

Check out some interviews with Yoav Kutner, a co-founder of Magento, on the New Around Here? page at

13:35 – Kalen In the Ring 

Kalen recorded an episode of eCommerceFuel back in December that just released February 9. Head over there to hear Kalen defend Magento as a viable strategy for eCommerce merchants to launch. It’s like the Hunger Games up in here.

18:13 – Magento Hat Monday: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

#MagentoHatMonday. Where’d it start? Who came up with it? What is it? Why has it gotten so much more engagement than anything else?

The boys assign awards to their favorite hat wearers. We find out how the episode got its title.

21:46 – Innovating the Future of Magento

Finally some content. The five “finalists” for the Magento Innovation Lab have been announced. The boys give their thoughts and impressions as they go through the list.

Special shoutout to the Alexa cameo at 24:46. Hey girl.

Some fancy ideas on this list, like the ability to virtually try on glasses using AR.

32:50 – Incentivizing User Generated Content  

Oscar Healthcare will give you $1 a day for every day you walk 10,000 steps. It integrates with Google Fit and Apple Health. A cool, simple integration that incentivizes a healthy lifestyle.

If Oscar is willing to pay to take that many steps, there is definitely something to it. How’s your 2018 resolution coming along?

What could we see in retail that would elicit a similar response?

37:43 – Turn that Frown Upside Down, Negatives into Positives 

Jack Rogers is in the midst of a customer loyalty campaign brainstorm. Phil gives some ideas on how to take negatives and turn them into positives using User Generated Content.

How can you spin negative business aspects or reviews into positive marketing?

42:00 – Office Envy

The Inchoo Office is 7,500 square feet of office porn. See what a thriving Magento business can get you.

44:13 – Get Interviewed As a Contributor 

If you have started to contribute to the Magento Core on Github for 2018, David Manners wants to interview you.

45:50 – Stack Exchange Critiques

Some fair criticism on where the Stack Exchange is in 2018.

The half-life of relevant contribution in Stack Exchange is so short that it’s creating a distrust of all answers and longevity of those answers. -Phil Jackson

It’s going to take a vigilant community to maintain the ever bifurcating stack exchange and the ever-changing cloud product. Vote for moderators. It’s important.

49:54 – February’s Featured Magento Extensions

Kalen has some featured extensions for February 2018.

Some cool stuff here. Gene Commerce (known for Bluefoot CMS and the Apple Pay Extension) has a payment module that replaces the existing Braintree module in the Magento core with a suite of other payment options that could prove to be very handy.

What’s happening with the Magento Core Team?

56:32 – Kalen’s Growth Hack of the Week

Links / Mentions

Episode 010 – Anxiety And How To Deal With It

In this episode Adam Culp shares what kept him from creating new posts these past couple of months. It also contains updates about his running and activity status, and also shares plans for the coming months.

This episode also shares thoughts and stories related to anxiety, panic attacks, and other associated things to dealing with anxiety. And closes with a call to those who do not deal with anxiety issues…yet.

Disclaimer: This episode is not intended to diagnose or recommend treatment, or a lack of treatment. If you feel you have some mental or physical problems, please seek help from a professional. This recording is intended to share experiences only.

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Episode 006 – Importance Of Vacations And Being Replaceable

Adam Culp, the host of Run Geek Radio, shares a little about his vacation to South America where he went to Quito in Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, as well as Lima and Cusco in Peru. During his vacation with his family they hiked, climbed a volcano, went scuba diving with sharks and turtles, and toured much of the cities they travelled to.

He then highlights how vacations are so vital and important to the productivity and stress levels of employees, and shares how long weekends are great times for getaways but also how important it is to get away for one longer vacation each year.

Employers are also encouraged to help employees take this much needed time off to boost their productivity in order to take advantage of the time employees are actually working.

Adam also speaks a bit about how employees should make themselves replaceable to ensure they are promotable, and so they can truly get away when they are on vacation.

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MageTalk Episode 26 – Mistake Driven Development (w/ David Manners)

Show Notes

  • 4:35 Magento Unconference
  • 12:02 Mental Health Discussion
  • 24:09 Best/Funniest Mistakes
  • 28:05 Continued Mental Health Discussion
  • 32:49 Other talks
  • 48:38 MageHero posts