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Nov 16, 2017

Intro to Magento: Navigating the Top eCommerce Ecosystem

Magento is an open-source platform for building online stores that also provides omni-channel experiences to your customers. First released in 2008, it has grown continually and become the most popular eCommerce platform. Over 250,000 merchants worldwide are using the Magento Commerce platform, which represents around 30% of the total market share.

As big as the Magento ecosystem is, it can easily confuse newcomers. To help orient you, we’ll give an overview of the different approaches and versions of Magento available for building an online store and some of the resources available for doing so.

Magento Website Development Approaches

The two main approaches for [...]

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Sep 15, 2017

Orchestrating a Background Job Workflow in Celery for Python

Modern web applications and their underlying systems are faster and more responsive than ever before. However, there are still many cases where you want to offload execution of a heavy task to other parts of your entire system architecture instead of tackling them on your main thread. Identifying such tasks is as simple as checking to see if they belong to one of the following categories:

Periodic tasks — Jobs that you will schedule to run at a specific time or after an interval, e.g., monthly report generation or a web scraper that runs twice a day. Third-party tasks — The web app must serve users quickly without waiting for other actions to complete while the page loads, e.g., [...]
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Jul 20, 2017

A Guide to Process-oriented Programming in Elixir and OTP

People like to categorize programming languages into paradigms. There are object-oriented (OO) languages, imperative languages, functional languages, etc. This can be helpful in figuring out which languages solve similar problems, and what types of problems a language is intended to solve.

In each case a paradigm generally has one “main” focus and technique that is the driving force for that family of languages:

In OO languages, it is the class or object as a way to encapsulate state (data) with manipulation of that state (methods). In functional languages, it can be the manipulation of functions themselves or the immutable data passed from function to [...]
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Jun 16, 2017

Eight CSS Tips for Advanced Layouts and Effects

The realm of web front-end development has made considerable progress over the last few years. However, the web front-end, as the users see it, is still the same: HTML markup styled with CSS.

Many layout problems can seem simple at first but often proves to be tricky. Without extensive knowledge of how certain CSS features work, these advanced layouts can seem impossible to achieve with CSS alone.

In this article, you will find eight expert CSS tips and tricks that leverage lesser known CSS features to implement some of these advanced layouts and effects.

1. Maximizing CSS Sibling Selectors

The problem: You are losing optimization opportunities by not [...]

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