Last month once again we had the pleasure of connecting with Magento developers in real life to discuss Open Source technology and more!
Our thanks go out to Snowdog and Centuria for providing us with this wonderful opportunity. We were able to delve into a wide range of topics by listening to the presentations that helped to further our knowledge of relevant industry developments. We focused on development process efficiency and improvement thanks to automation, integrations, and data transfers.
The speakers and attendees shared insights on the following areas:
- Data Patches for Magento development,
- Magento Integration Tests,
- Project Management Jira Automation.
The topics were all related to complex Magento development project management with numerous stakeholders engaged and multiple tasks. We followed case studies and real project-based situations to focus on problem-solving tactics and strategies. At this meeting, we also discussed how to best support data processing and communication.
During Jakub Winkler’s presentation, we explored methods for alleviating tensions between front-end and back-end developers with cleverly applied “Data Patches”. Additionally, Szymon Niedziela explained how Jira Automation was used at Panda Group as an effective tool in streamlining Scrum processes to make tasks easier to complete through smoother workflow communications. Lastly, automated testing solutions were reviewed by Bartosz Górski that could assist today’s modern developer workflows too!
How to improve frontend and backend workflow?
A common problem in development is moving data between the developer’s local environments, test, staging, and production. The new data should be smoothly transferred between them in case of any change to make each environment consistent and work in the same way.
Jakub Winkler presented how to make cooperation between developers easier and smoother. His presentation on Creating DataPatches with One Click showed how to transfer content with no burdens.
With Jakub Winkler’s tool, you can easily agree on CMS Blocks and Pages, Product, Customer or Category Attributes, System Configuration, and Custom modules data.
This solution makes the development process not only easier but also faster as it becomes more efficient. The developer does not start by searching data but has a ready Data Patch for their disposal right away. The presentation of the tool usage was informative and very useful from the project management perspective.
Jira automation for the better development process
Szymon Niedziela, Panda Group CEO, presented in great detail the Jira automation possibilities that improved the development project management. Automation refers to complex projects with numerous team members and can significantly save time and repeated action elimination.
At Panda Group, we always strive to utilize the latest tools and technologies available through creative solutions. Last week at the Magento Meetup, Szymon demonstrated how Jira Automation enabled us to accomplish tremendous improvements in efficiency – making life so much easier for everyone!
He highlighted the remarkable capabilities of Jira to revolutionize internal communication and streamline operations with automation. By implementing this powerful tool, we were able to tackle a range of common challenges such as lagging responses from decision-makers, missed task deadlines, or neglected Code Reviews – all while eliminating the time-consuming manual processes associated with recurring tasks!
For more information please go to the article on Jira Automation and download the PDF with the presentation. You can also ask about Jira Automation directly Szymon Niedziela.
Integration Tests for Magento
Integration tests are also very useful especially when the project is complex and potentially many things can go wrong when not supervised appropriately. Bartosz Górski presented an Introduction to Integration Tests in Magento / Adobe Commerce.
There exist several types of Magento testing – the full list can be found in the Adobe Testing Guide. At eCommerce, we understand that product quality matters to our end-users and prioritize testing strategies, which help ensure the highest level of user satisfaction. Every combination of storefront, admin panels, web APIs and CLI can be subjected to a series of rigorous tests with the aim of providing desired outcomes each time they interact with our system.
Integration testing plays an essential role in any web application, enabling us to gauge the overall performance and functionality of our system. We have two main types: End-to-End tests that simulate a customer’s entire journey from registration through product selection, payment processing, and shipping choices all the way up to placing their order – ensuring everything is operating smoothly; or Component Tests which test specific parts of your systems for optimal functioning.
Magento code testing helps streamline development and quickly identify any potential bugs. By eliminating the need for manual testing, it can significantly reduce time spent on quality assurance tasks.
It is certain that we need to stay in touch with the Magento Community to learn and share knowledge for better development performance to meet the business needs and requirements in the end. We experience development process complexity and we try hard to make it simple and efficient for developers’ and merchants’ sake.
Looking forward to meeting you in May at the next Poznań Magento Meetup!