Author Archive for: rmcclellan

“Support” Roles in the Contemporary Workplace

18 Mar
March 18, 2013

Development positions rely on self-study, subject matter expert consultations, and a healthy dose of Google. What happens, though, when the issue at hand is not a matter of syntax, but one of personal support? What happens when, due to illness or injury, the developer’s ability to produce quality code is suddenly diminished?

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Simplify Magento CSS Selectors

13 Mar
March 13, 2013

Magento Commerce is an excellent blend of enterprise class eCommerce engine with a very fine integrated content management system (CMS). Saving a CMS page automatically adds a page-specific class to the HTML body element that is very convenient for creating page-specific CSS selectors. However, if the CMS page title is longer than a couple words, the class name can be quite unwieldy, like so:

<body class="cms-page-view my-really-really-long-cms-page-title">

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Magento Commerce Enterprise Edition Content Staging

02 Jul
July 2, 2012


Greetings and salutations. I am a Java, CMS, and UI developer of nearly 17 years (gasp!), who has recently found himself working with Magento Commerce and Jenkins CI. I have seen the difficulties of learning new technologies, and plan to blog periodically on the pitfalls I encounter, as well as recommended fixes as they arise.

This post involves a Magento Commerce EE feature that appears simple on the surface, but is surprisingly complex in actuality: staging CMS content from a staging website to a production website on the same Magento Commerce EE instance. At its best, this feature allows the content developer to work on content in a sandbox on the production (or other) server, while keeping pre-production code hidden from the public. At its worst, this is a largely undocumented and complicated process, and requires an understanding of what content staging does and does not do. Here are the steps as I understand them.

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