Development Magento Performance

(New(ish)) Indexing in Magento or “The wonderful world of materialized views”

The Wonderful World of Materialized Views (or, Why Indexing in Magento 1.13 Is So Much Faster) When Magento Enterprise 1.13 came out it boasted massive improvement in index operation performance.  On the Magento blog introducing 1.13 ( a simple statement was made: “The introduction of incremental indexing reduces the need to perform a full re-indexContinue Reading “(New(ish)) Indexing in Magento or “The wonderful world of materialized views””


3 things to do that can make you completely successfull

We all have important things to do but some things are more important than others.  Using these 3 strategies you will find success to come easier. Find something you love to do – it’s easier to do something you love Do things for other people – blah blah blah blah blah blah Things that are worth pursuingContinue Reading “3 things to do that can make you completely successfull”

JMeter Magento Performance Testing

JMeter test script for layered navigation

I’ve been doing a lot testing with JMeter lately for Magento.  I really do like it (Magento and JMeter).  It may not be the bestest, most perfectest tool in the world, but a) it’s free, and b) it’s stupid easy to get complex tests running.  But sometimes it’s nice to have some templates available toContinue Reading “JMeter test script for layered navigation”


JMeter Error in NonGUIDriver java.lang.NullPointerException

Was doing some JMeter testing today when I got this error. ./jmeter -n -t ~/test.jmx Error in NonGUIDriver java.lang.NullPointerException I had a JMX file that I copied to a remote server where JMeter was installed, and running before.  But this time when I ran it I got the exception.  Seeing that it was a GUiContinue Reading “JMeter Error in NonGUIDriver java.lang.NullPointerException”


What being a foster parent is really like

I wrote this many months ago but never published it.  It’s a bit of a rant and I apologize for that.  To be honest I don’t really know why I’m publishing it.  Maybe it’s cathartic (the emotional definition, not the medical definition).  These are some things that I’ve wanted to say for a long while.Continue Reading “What being a foster parent is really like”


What is the first event fired in Magento?

controller_front_init_before Technically, it’s resource_get_tablename, but the first usable event is controller_front_init_before. But this is also a bit of a trick question.  controller_front_init_before is ONLY triggered from the global area.  The first usable event in the frontend (or adminhtml) area is controller_action_predispatch.  core_locale_set_locale might also be a possibility because it is set when the area is loaded, but IContinue Reading “What is the first event fired in Magento?”