Phillip and Kalen recap the first day and a half of Imagine 2018, and Kalen remarks how the entire Magento community is being asked to “level up” with a call to higher standards and higher goals from Magento CEO, Mark Lavelle.
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.
We hope you like talking about GDPR because this one is ALL. ABOUT. GDPR. Buckle up, buttercup.
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!
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.
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
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.
This is what it looks like when you collapse from exhaustion from a 48 hour site launch followed by waking up at 4:30AM to catch a flight. I was going to make a joke, but this is no joke. The stresses we put ourselves under in this industry are why groups like OSMI are vital. pic.twitter.com/VAl5w9FG6o
— Joshua Warren (@JoshuaSWarren) March 27, 2018
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.
Are you just starting out as a Magento developer and looking for a bit of mentorship? I would love to help you.
Please read this: https://t.co/QGg6BGM4iY
— Sander Mangel (@sandermangel) February 10, 2018
I have some data for mentors / mentees. Haven't quite polished up the matching logic because it's similar to job matching but still quite different.
Maybe if someone wanted to give a hand with that I could possibly add them to github.
— Kalen Jordan (@kalenjordan) February 10, 2018
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
Video recordings are now available from Reacticon for only $10. That’s an unbelievable deal.
-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)
In this Episode
Our hosts, Eric van Johnson and John Congdon dive into Testing in Practice and the April 2018 issue of php[architect] magazine. Share your thoughts on the topics covered and leave a comment below.
- Eric and John discuss unit testing, test suites, static analysis, authentication with Laravel and more.
- Oscar talks about the importance of training for employees, rants against image carousels, and requirements gathering.
- An interview with Robert Basic, one of the contributors to Mockery.
“Doing Magento Development with one hand tied behind your back.” Kalen opines whether college is valuable for Magento developers, the guys break it down and get real about Magento 2.3; PLUS a review of the “Marathon Masters” publication – and more! Listen now!
1:00 Something You Need To Hear
The boys start off by throwing back to Episode 163 in which they demonstrated what an advertisement would sound like if they were to make one. The magic moment happens at the 3:32 timestamp. You’re welcome.
Shoutout to the folks at Marello for providing the inspiration.
The boys give a “full-on, all caps, ZOMG” shoutout to the team over at Atwix for their incredible MageTalk custom art. The boys have never looked better.
— ??????? ??????? (@philwinkle) March 14, 2018
4:58 Masters of Commerce
Magento just dropped an eBook (like the hottest new EDM band of 2018) entitled Masters of Commerce that is a collection of interviews with the 2017 Magento Masters. Phillip has a highlight in the book so it’s a must read.
Check it out. It has some amazing information and some great quotes from some great people like Carmen Bremen (@neoshops).
“Be honest, open-minded, careful, clear, and transparent. If you don’t trust each other, don’t work together.” -Carmen Bremem
8:53 More Big Shoutouts
Phillip gives a shoutout to Amanda Batista (@AmandaF_Batista) on the Magento Marketing team that helped put the Masters of Commerce eBook together.
He also gives a shoutout to Andrea Ward (@awatpa) who heads the Magento Marketing team for her leadership and their amazing art direction.
10:12 The Deal with MageTalk at Imagine
Will MageTalk have a booth at Imagine? The mystery continues.
11:25 A Live Podcast Retrospective
The boys give a look back at their live Podcast from Imagine last year.
They were the #2 most attended session y’all.
12:37 Shoutouts Upon Shoutouts
13:43 The Software Testing World Cup
Kalen brings up the Software Testing World Cup (yes, that’s a thing) and brags about how he knows a winner. #CommerceHeroAd
Phillip brings up Magento’s Functional Testing Framework.
15:36 The Dark Souls of Software Testing
Bastian Ike (@b_ike) goes to a Hackers World Cup. Phillip breaks down the criteria for this and gets all technical and talks about how these hackers like to play on “nightmare mode”.
Just like Dark Souls.
20:29 The Swift Otter Guide
Last night, I finished a 33-question practice test for the M2 Certified Developer exam: https://t.co/maVNWIJwtk. After passing the real exam, my goal was to create a test that had the same feeling of scenario-based questions. Let me know what you think.
— Joseph Maxwell (@josephmaxs) March 10, 2018
22:41 Let’s Talk About College
Kalen gives his thoughts on college, and how many smart people he knows that didn’t finish or even go to college.
Phillip chimes in with his thoughts and about how a lot of things have become vocations that do not require college educations.
Amendment from Phillip
So Phillip misspoke and clears it up in the below tweet. Sigh.
Ok ok ok I get it. I misspoke when I said "secondary education" on @MageTalk 166, which means high school education, when I meant post-secondary.
Maybe if I had finished post-secondary school I would know the difference?
— ??????? ??????? (@philwinkle) April 11, 2018
Kalen brings up a recent Tweet from Danielle Mundle (@UXdanielle) in which she teases at a new Magento feature…
— Danielle Mundle (@UXdanielle) March 9, 2018
And THEN, Ben Marks (@benmarks) comes to bat with a tweet from three years ago proving that it’s already been done.
— Ben Marks (@benmarks) May 10, 2015
Seems like people are coming for Kalen and Phillip’s job…
-Carmen Bremem (@neoshops)
-Amanda Batista (@AmandaF_Batista)
-Andrea Ward (@awatpa)
-TJ Gamble (ecommerceaholic)
-Rebecca Brocton (@RebeccaBrocton)
-Guido Yansen (@guido)
-Bastian Ike (@b_ike)
-Joseph Maxwell (@josephmaxs)
-Danielle Mundle (@UXdanielle)