For the last couple of months I been working with Laravel and learning a lot, here are some of my favorite resources: Books Laravel: Code Bright Laravel: From Apprentice To Artisan Laravel 4 Cookbook Blogs Laravel Weekly - Newsletter Jeffrey Way Taylor Otwell Screencasts and Podcasts Laracasts Build an eCommerce...

REPL(read-eval-print loop) can be great tools for quickly testing concepts, experimenting and getting quick feedback when learning a new language. Many languages and frameworks provide some sort of REPL like the rails console or laravel's artisan tinker. PHP by itself has the interactive shell that can be invoked with: php...

This past weekend the Magento Community hosted the first Magento Online Hackathon, here is a quick recap of my experience. The Community First and foremost a big shout out to the Magento Community, you guys are awesome. Very few other communities could and have organized themselves to run a Hackathon...

If you are developer or system administrator working with Magento running one or more medium sized stores, chances are that you are familiar with the many challenges of optimizing and scaling Magento. Magento is (in)famous for its performance, specially when scaling to a large numbers products, transactions or even catalog...

The singleton pattern is used to restrict the instantiation of a class to a single object, which can be useful when only one object is required across the system. Singletons are designed to ensure there is a single (hence the name singleton) class instance and that is global point of...