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New LinkedIn Magento Users Group

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A new LinkedIn Magento Group is now formed. Join us and take part in this new business communication channel between the Magento community members.

Announcing Magento Developer Challenge #1

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We are happy to announce the first Magento Developer Challenge (AKA HackGento), integrating Magento with Google Spreadsheet. Our goal is to present a challenge to the community every few weeks and collaborate to develop a valuable Magento Extension with widespread usage in the community.

Without further adieu, details of the Magento Developer Challenge #1 are below:

Overview: Allow simple product management from Google Spreadsheet (GS) using the GS API
Prize: $300 Amazon gift certificate
Questions? Please post all questions in the Developer Challenge Forum


Export

  • Export user-selected (or all) simple products from Magento's product grid directly into a GS doc and allow editing and adding of products in GS.
  • The export should include the union of all attributes that the selected products are associated with.

Import

  • Import all simple products from GS back into Magento while updating existing products and creating new products, if needed.
  • Only attributes that are in the attribute set that a product belongs to will be saved. Any validation on the attribute level (e.g. required, decimal etc...) must be enforced before saving the product.
  • Support for image management by specifying image name and type in GS and pulling the actual image from a specific location (e.g. /temp/) into Magento's file structure.
  • All values of simple products should be supported, including images, design, categories, related products, up-sales etc. Only custom options are excluded.
  • When import is complete a report of all successful and rejected products should be presented to the user, with an appropriate reason(s) for rejection.

Configuration

Add a new configuration section under Catalog called Google Docs API to enter all required authentication values (token, etc.)

Requirements

  • The solution must be developed and submitted as a Magento Extension compatible with Magento 1.1.x and higher.
  • The extension must use Magento native functionality as much as possible.
  • Extension should be packaged and uploaded in the appropriate forum thread. Varien staff will test and validate the extension in the order submitted.
  • The solution's asthetics must be compatible with the Magento Admin interface.
  • The extension must be licensed under an OSI certified license (OSL, GPL, etc.)
  • Once verified, the extension must be made available through Magento Connect to the public.

Please note - we reserve the right to make changes at any time to the contest rules.

Magento wins ‘Best of Open Source Enterprise Applications’

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Magento is on a roll with the latest winning of ‘Best of Open Source Enterprise Applications (E-Commerce)’ in Infoworld’s annual BOSSIE Awards. The awards “recognize the best free and open source software the world has to offer to businesses, IT professionals, and productive individuals who rely on computers to get work done.”

Selected by InfoWorld’s editorial and test center staff, other winners in the enterprise category include Alfresco, dotProject, JasperReports, Pentaho, and SugarCRM.

TYPO3 / Magento Integration Project at the ‘Forge’

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A new project has started on the TYPO3 Forge with the goal of integrating with Magento. If you are interested in such an integration (TYPO3 is a very popular CMS platform), head on over to the ‘forge’ and support the project.

Magento 1.1 Is Here!!!

Magento 1.1 is here!! - More tools for growing your business

We are thrilled to announce the availability of the production release of Magento 1.1 ( Download |Release Notes ).
For this major release we focused on expanding Magento's product configuration options, streamlining integration between strategic Magento modules and external applications, increasing the flexibility of the core tax module to allow for Canadian and EU tax rules and boosting the overall performance of the Magento Platform.

Here are some of the highlights of Magento 1.1:

More product-types

With Magento 1.1 merchandisers can now create a few new product types:
  • Bundles (most commonly used in kitting or in the built-to-order product model)
  • Virtual Products - products that don't require shipping information

More ways to configure products

  • Custom Product Options - allow merchants to designate a SKU to a base item and add attributes instead of having to create a unique SKU for every combination of options (simple products).
  • Personalized Products - a new product configuration feature in Magento 1.1 that allows customers to personalize products by adding text, such as embroideries, engravings, etc.

Integrate with any application via Web Services

Magento 1.1 features a new Webservices API with methods for easy integration between Magento's Catalog, Customer and Sales modules and any third party application.

Speeding up the process(ing)

One of the main goals for Magento 1.1 was to examine bottlenecks in the platform and improve performance. In the production release of Magento 1.1 performance was improved by as much as 40% in the catalog and sales modules, and by optimizing when and how data loads, responsiveness of the Admin UI was also increased significantly.

View full list of features in Magento 1.1

With over 400,000 downloads to date, Magento is quickly evolving into a household name in the eCommerce market. This release is set to extend the reach of the Magento platform even further. We are confident that the ability to create more product types with more configuration methods combined with the Webservices API and 40% more umphh will push Magento into new markets and audiences, and to even greater heights.


Upgrading an existing Magento Version

It is now possible to upgrade your existing Magento installation to 1.1 through the Magento Connect Manager. To do so:

  • Do NOT use your live or production site. We suggest making a copy of your site and upgrading that copy first.
  • Log into your Magento Connect Manager.
  • Select the 'Setting' tab.
  • Change the Preferred State to 'Stable', and save settings.
  • For the Mage_All_Latest package select upgrade.
  • Click on the 'Commit Changes' button. The upgrade should start.
  • After upgrade is complete click on the 'Refresh' button.
  • You should now have Magento 1.1 installed.

There are a number of changes that come with any new release of Magento, especially major milestone versions, such as the (current) version 1.1 release. There is a wiki post available detailing how to upgrade your Magento theme to take advantage of the new release.

Robert Scoble Interview: Behind the Scenes

This morning we had the pleasure of spending time with Robert Scoble from FastCompany.tv. Robert (or Scoble as he is often known) is a technical evangelist and one of the most prominent voices in the blogosphere. Below is a short video taken 'behind the scenes' of the interview:



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We'll post a link to the full interview once it is posted on FastCompany.tv. A special thanks to Andrew Warner from Mixergy who helped coordinate the interview - Andrew, You Rock!

Magento in OSCON, 2008 (Open Source Convention)

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The Magento team will attend OSCON 2008 in Portland, Oregon (scheduled for next week). If you are in the area and would like to connect, send us an email.

Magento 1.1.0 Beta - Now Available

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Magento 1.1.0 Beta is now available for download and upgrade via the Magento Downloader. Please note this this is a beta product and it is strongly not recommended for use in production environments.

The release notes can be found here. Detailed instructions of upgrading custom themes will be released shortly.

Installing Magento 1.1.0 Beta

To install Magento 1.1.0 Beta using Full-Package or Downloader go here.

If you use the Magento Downloader 1.1.0 Beta, it will install Magento 1.0.19870 (since the Downloader is configured to download and install the latest 'Stable' version which is 1.0.19870). After installation is done do the following to upgrade to version 1.1.0:

  • Log into the Magento Connect Manager and go tho the 'Setting' tab.
  • Change the Preferred State to Beta, and save the settings.
  • Return to the 'Extensions' tab.
  • Click on the 'Check for Upgrades' button (this is a new button added in the New Manager Version you just installed).
  • After a few minutes you should get a few packages that are available for upgrade. For the Mage_All_Latest package select upgrade.
  • Click on the 'Commit Changes' button. The upgrade should start.
  • After upgrade is complete click on the 'Refresh' button.
  • You should now have Magento 1.1.0 Beta installed.

Sample Data: Before installing Magento download and populate the sample data found on the download page, and go through the steps above.

Upgrading an existing Magento Version

It is now also possible to upgrade your existing Magento installation to 1.1 Beta through the Magento Connect Manager. To do so:

  • Do NOT use your live or production site. We suggest making a copy of your site and upgrading that copy.
  • Log into your Magento Connect Manager.
  • Select the 'Setting' tab.
  • Change the Preferred State to 'Beta', and save settings.
  • For the Mage_All_Latest package select upgrade.
  • Click on the 'Commit Changes' button. The upgrade should start.
  • After upgrade is complete click on the 'Refresh' button.
  • You should now have Magento 1.1 Beta installed.

Note: To be able to continue getting updates for 1.0 (and not upgrade to 1.1) - upgrade Mage_All_Latest to 1.0.19875 with 'Preferred State' selected to 'Stable' in the Setting tab of your Magento Connect Manager. This will install the new Magento Connect Manager that will allow you to select the version you want to upgrade to.

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1.1 trunk was also updated. Please keep an eye on the list in STATUS.txt in the 1.1 branch root folder.

Feedback?

We greatly appreciate your feedback and suggestions in this forum topic.

Magento 1.1 stable release is scheduled for mid to late July - we will post more information as soon as it is available. Stay tuned to the blog for updates.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Priorities can change and features may be moved to later releases. We know how important these features are to merchants, but we advise you to not make any serious business decisions based on an unreleased feature. Varien does reserve the right to change this list, and cannot assume responsibility for any loss that might come from a late or unreleased feature.

UPDATE: A new demo store preview is available for 1.1.0 Beta at http://demo11.magentocommerce.com. Only front-end is available at this time. We will be adding some new products to this new demo store over the next few days

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