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php|architect’s Guide to Programming with Magento

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php|architect’s Guide to Programming with Magento takes you from installation to deployment of this popular e-commerce open source software. Magento’s flexibility and Zend Framework-based structure have made it an increasingly popular e-commerce solution ... The book will be available in PDF format on May 15, 2008, and in print format on May 31, 2008

More information can be found on php|architect’s website

Frankfurt, Germany Meetup - April 28-29th, 2008

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We are happy to announce our first European Meetup in Frankfurt, Germany (details below). The meeting will be an informal get together and a chance to meet face to face with the Magento German community. We will also also discuss product direction / strategy and issues pertaining to the German market.

Date: April 28th, 2008
Time: 8:30 PM (20:30)
Location: Innside Premium Hotels Frankfurt Niederrad (we’ll be meeting at the bar)
In Attendance: Roy Rubin, Peter Kaminski

If you’d like to schedule a meeting outside of the meetup to discuss business opportunities, please contact me directly.

This is the first of a number of events we’ll be holding across the world in 2008. Stay tuned for further announcements smile

Alpha Branch Now Available

We have now opened our Alpha Branch so that the community can see our work in progress.

The SVN checkout command can be found here.

Please note that this version is not recommended in any way to be used in a production environment and that we do not guarantee that any of the functionality or code will be made available in future stable releases of Magento.

We hope you find this useful.

Magento Community Translation Tool

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An all new community translation tool is now available to make translating Magento to different languages as easy as possible.

This powerful in-line tool allows to work on a live interface and create translations, or suggest alternatives to existing translations. Translations can now be voted on as well and the moderators will be able to select the most appropriate suggestion.

There are now 3 ways to translate your language:

  1. Translate strings broken down by module via our Full String List tool
  2. Use the in-line translation live interface (much like the in-line translation tool on a local installation of Magento), to add and vote for suggestions.
  3. Download the complete package.


We will soon add the ability for moderators to make the translations available through Magento Connect.

If you’d like to get involved or don’t see your locale listed or if you have any problems or suggestions for the new tool, please contact us.

Building Configurable Products Fast

In version 1.0 we added a new way of adding simple products to configurable products. The new method is a quick and easy way of creating new simple products with only minimal data entry.

We have created a video that demonstrates this and which can be seen here.

(Of course you can always use Magento’s import product tool to enter the simple products and then associate them to a configurable product with a few clicks.)

We hope you enjoy this new feature.

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Community Site Back Online

We experienced heavy load this morning which caused about an hour of downtime. Everything is back online and should be back to normal.

As always, updates can be seen on twitter.

Magento Connect: Modern Theme

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Magento Core theme, ‘Modern’, is now available through Magento Connect. The theme can be viewed in-action on the demo site.

We hope the Modern Theme will give designers and front-end developers a good starting point for further extending Magento, and online merchants an alternative theme to work with.

Magento Connect: Protx VSP Form Payment Gateway

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Protx VSP Form payment gateway is now available through Magento Connect. Protx provides secure online credit card and debit card payment solutions across the UK. This extension provides VSP Form Integration option.

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