Recently I had to to publish an article in a way that common site visitors aren't aware of it's existence. Basically this article had to be excluded from all WordPress loops and visible only when accessed directly. General idea of solution presented in this article is to use pre_get_posts hook to alter WP_Query. Goal is excluding hidden post on frontend, area that isn't single post and when area is single post other than hidden post it self. Now allow me to share code snippet that can be used for this purpose.Continue reading
Magento application programming interface allows third party applications to programatically interact with Magento instance. Magento supports two API standards, SOAP/XML-RPC and REST. Distinctive characteristics of SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) is that it uses XML as it's message format, and when used over HTTP it delivers data trough POST request method. My personal preference lies with REST APIs, but in my experience with version 2 of Magento SOAP API, I can freely say that it's one of the most enjoyable SOAP APIs I had privilege of working with. Only thing that bothers me is that Magento currently doesn't provide feature for allowing developers to peek inside SOAP envelope when something isn't working as it should. Essentially it isn't possible to easily debug SOAP API calls Magento receives. In this article I'm bringing Magento extension allowing you to capture SOAP API requests and log them into file.Continue reading
Recently my task was to allow client to have different "type" of order in Magento. Requirement was that these orders need to have their own grid in Magento admin, and also that they need to be processed somewhat differently than regular orders. I have solved this task by adding new order states and statuses to be used only for this type of orders. To support this design it was also required to create new payment method so that orders of this type can be initiated into new order state automatically after being placed using this payment method. In this article I'm bringing you some code snippets and notes on how to implement this kind of solution.Continue reading
When developing for Magento, there are two ways to modify code provided by other modules - doing rewrites and observing events. If appropriate event is available for observing, it is preferred to use second method to alter other module's behavior. More precisely it is preferred to observe event of your interest, and when this event occurs, to trigger execution of your own code. But how are you supposed to know the list of events that are available for observing on your Magento installation? If you're interested to find out answer to this question, take the red pill, and I'll show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.Continue reading
In my last article on this topic I brought a brief introduction into installing XMPP server Prosody on you Debian/Ubuntu based server. In this follow-up article I'll show you how to configure Bidirectional-streams Over Synchronous HTTP (BOSH) XMPP extension on Prosody XMPP server with the intention of creating XMPP powered web applications.