In my last article on this topic I explained how Magento Enterprise Edition Full Page Cache works, and how to use performance boost it provides at your own controller action. In the second part of this mini article series, I will try to explain concept of Enterprise_PageCache containers used for allowing dynamic behavior for certain blocks, even though page is served from full page cache.Continue reading
Even though I'm in love with the platform, as it turns out, I tend to blog about Magento bugs quite often. I like to believe this is a good thing, because besides helping other Magento developers, finding and fixing bugs makes our favorite ecommerce platform better. It has nothing to do with frustration couple of days debugging session can cause, I ensure you. In this article I'm about to explain and provide workaround for bug affecting all Magento versions (including latest Magento CE 188.8.131.52 at the time of writing), one that's causing catalog price rules not being applied to final price and totals not getting calculated correctly when creating orders from Magento admin, all this under specific and hard to reproduce circumstances. Honestly, this is probably the ugliest bug I've ever seen in my coding career, largely due to fact that client's bug report is usually that catalog price rules prices revert when creating orders from Magento admin, but only sometimes and without any pattern.Continue reading
Routing is an essential part of every MVC, Magento is not an exception to this rule. In order to understand how Magento routing works, it is necessary to get acquainted with execution flow that leads to certain request getting (or not getting) dispatched. It goes without saying that this knowledge comes in handy when you need to explain that 404 being thrown.Continue reading
Since Magento CE 1.3.0 version, creating Magento admin controller required you to specify before="Mage_Adminhtml" or after="Mage_Adminhtml" attribute for your node at
admin/routers/adminhtml/args/modules XML Path, depending on type of behavior you want to achieve. Like me, you probably have doubts on why this is necessary, and what is the background of this requirement? Simple answer would be that without it, it simply doesn't work. More precisely, Magento hits you right in the schnoz with 404 after you try accessing admin controller in question, if you don't set one of these attributes at your node. In this article I'll do my best to explain bug in Magento standard router causing this behavior, one that somehow managed to get packaged with last 25+ Magento CE versions without being noticed.
As a number one open source eCommerce platform with several years of development behind it, I'm sure you'll agree that Magento is one of the most complex pieces of PHP software ever created. Logical consequence of complexity Magento brings to the table is relatively low performance when compared to custom made eCommerce solutions. In order to improve this situation, Magento stacked several layers of caching one on top of another, with full page cache being the topmost layer, and one that's exclusive to Magento Enterprise Edition. Having power of full page cache nearby is great, but I must point out that by creating custom controller action in Magento you don't automatically benefit from performance boost FPC offers. In this article I'll outline how Magento Enterprise Edition full page cache works, and what you need to do in order to take advantage of features it provides at your custom controller action.Continue reading