by Kevin Schroeder | 3:11 pm

How to examine the reports files for Magento (and not burn your eyes)

I was recently asked by a client for a snippet of Linux CLI that I use to get a summary of Magento reports files under var/reports. I don’t guarantee that this is the best CLI command, but this is what I use

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by Kevin Schroeder | 11:34 am

Configuring MySQL SSL in Magento (to get your HIPAA auditor off your back)

I’ve been asked a few times now if there is a way to use encrypted MySQL connections in Magento. Most of the time it is when merchants are selling medical products and HIPAA requirements come into play. I am not an expert in HIPAA, nor do I want to be, but with the cost of vulnerabilities on the rise it made sense to at least look into it and get a good answer on how to do it.

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by Kevin Schroeder | 8:58 am

How to (properly) harness the Magento EE Full Page Cache (part 2 – application states)

In part 1 we took a look at some of the basics of the Magento EE FPC.  We talked about the general structure and flow of the FPC. In this article we are going

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by Kevin Schroeder | 8:15 am

How to (properly) harness Magento EE’s Full Page Cache (part 1)

TL;DR The Full Page Cache is one of the most important performance features in Magento EE and very few people know how to use it Containers control your content Processors manage containers Knowing containers and processors gets

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by Kevin Schroeder | 9:37 am

Be wary of functions in SQL in Magento, such as MAX(). There may be a better way.

I just wrapped up a Healthcheck for a Magento ECG customer and I ran into an interesting issue.  IIRC, the problem wasn’t a client one but rather code that a community extension used.  I won’t

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by Kevin Schroeder | 8:26 am

Load Testing the Magento Checkout with JMeter (and enjoying it)

Update: I have started offering a new load testing service for Magento. Check it out! Load Testing the Magento checkout is, in theory, difficult.  Well, not so much difficult as time consuming.  It is

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by Kevin Schroeder | 1:16 pm

Magento, HHVM and the Enterprise Full Page Cache

*** Personal note: It has been suggested that this may reflect an official Magento position.  It does not.  I like doing research and I like publishing what I find as long as I find it

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by Kevin Schroeder | 6:14 pm

Reasons why Redis is a great option for a worker queue in Magento

Alan Kent asked on Twitter What is your personal favorite HA distributed queue technology? RabbitMQ? Kafka? Redis? ActiveMQ? Why? — Alan Kent (@akent99) February 4, 2015 You may know that I am partial to

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by Kevin Schroeder | 3:16 pm

Indexes are friends, not food

When I first got into Magento development, in my mind, there were two ways of getting data from the database.  You would either call Mage::getModel(‘catalog/product’)->load($id) or you would work with the collection.  If you wanted

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by Kevin Schroeder | 8:07 am

(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

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