Review: Getting Stuff Done with Magento 2, Volume 2

Alan Kent's second book on Magento 2 introduces the platform's frontend, and he kindly invited me to write the forward. Here it is.

The way Alan’s clear thinking, inquisitiveness, and transparency guided Magento 2 to release is respectable. Though he suggested I needn’t read the book — not a chance — I learned handfuls of tricks about M2’s frontend. If that’s where you work it’s worth your time.

Thanks for thinking of me Alan, and best of luck with volume three.

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Alan asked me to write this forward because I rode the tail of a comet named “responsive web design” and steered one of its meteors straight into Magento.

When I received his draft I knew times had changed. You see this book is about Magento 2’s frontend and Alan is Magento’s chief architect.

Long before the Imagine conferences, I remember a time when naming a handful of Magento’s core developers was a struggle. They surely existed, but my frequent challenges via Twitter revealed none to me but our community. For several years I felt quite alone in Magento by focusing on the frontend. Where were the practitioners? Who fenced for us in the platform? Surely somebody would step forward?

That meteorite took three years to arrive, but its crater sunk deep beyond the crust. The frontend came alive in our community and inside Magento — and that’s around the time I met Alan.

Through Twitter, GitHub, conferences, Slack, and email ping-pong he listened and prodded the frontend chorus — which is exactly what I hoped for.

Alan admits to having no business advising frontend developers and designers on their craft and spares us the basics. Magento 2 is a different animal with similar spots. He approaches the familiar fauna of styling, templating, and scripting with caution to M2’s disposition as only its architect can appreciate at this early stage.

Reading will take about three hours and his counsel is well met. This is a critical companion to the M2 DevDocs that bares a few secrets. In fact I have some questions but thankfully know who to ask these days. Enjoy!

Brendan Falkowski, Gravity Dept. (and Magento Community Luminary in Frontend Development)

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