- A guide written by Joseph Maxwell—who helped write the Associate Developer test, a 2019 Magento Master, who has helped hundreds or thousands become Magento certified.
- Project guide: a free PDF (almost 70 pages) with detailed information on building a practical project.
- Videos: hours of videos providing additional details. Note that my mistakes are not edited out—rather, they are left in and I show you how to work through them.
- A git repository: peeking is allowed here.
I would recommend everyone to go through them [the project guide].
Now... the story:
Instead of an article that lists 5, 7.5 or 10 resources that will help you become a Magento developer,, here is one resource that I wrote to help you become a Magento professional.
A big question for many is how do I get started in Magento development? Maybe you were just hired by a Magento agency, or maybe you are looking to bone up on your own skills.
Imagine having a senior developer come alongside you and teach you his learnings from the school of hard knocks. Instead of having to battle for days to find an answer, what would it be like to know where to find the answer quickly? Keep reading, because you will find the answer.
The Magento Open Source project has approximately 3,245,229 (over 3 million) lines of PHP code. The learning curve often takes months and possibly years. In the process, you are met with massive challenges in addition to not knowing the right way to build things. Many times, when people exit the learning curve, they do so with much baggage in the form of habits of doing things the wrong way. This costs time and money in having to come back later and fix mistakes. Oh, and undoing habits is really hard.
What if you could start development, the right way?
My goal is to train you from the beginning in what you should do, and how to do it to be successful. There is massive misinformation about Magento that is widely circulated and beginners don’t know what is good and what is bad.
The Associate Developer Project Guide
I am going through the videos for the associate study guide and as you know I went through part of the project guide document as well. I find the videos to be fantastic!! I would recommend everyone to go through them. What is really important is the fact that "mistakes" stay included in the video and you debug through them "live". I have seen a lot of videos showing "perfect coding" where those mistakes were cut from the training and the person would just say something like "if you have this you should do that, etc..." but seeing it in your video and the thinking process behind it is so valuable. Thanks for all the time and efforts you put into this.
I have written an involved guide to help you come up to speed on Magento development. After reading and working through it, you won’t be a senior developer—that only comes with years of experience. But, you will be familiar with the main areas of Magento development. And, you will know where and how to find answers to questions in the Magento core.
If you give someone a fish, you feed them for a day. If you teach someone how to fish, you feed them for a lifetime.
That’s what happened to me. When I started out in Magento development, I ended up with a mentor who taught me this very thing. Instead of “use Magento Stack Exchange”, the discussion was around “where can I find this in the core?”. Don’t get me wrong, there are some cases in which Magento Stack Exchange is helpful but it is not the resource for us developers. Our #1 resource is right here on our development machines, right now.
What does it include?
- An almost 70-page PDF. This works through each step of the process and is a written provider of knowledge.
- Videos for each step. If you want to dive deeper in to the why for each step, watch the videos. These videos are not cleanly-edited videos to only show the exact steps to take. Rather, they are mostly unedited to show the issues I run into while developing. My experience is I followed tutorials but I always had other problems, so that lessened the value that these tutorials brought to me. They were also discouraging because what seemed as though it should take less than an hour took me way longer.
- A git repository. You can see how I already implemented the ideas in the PDF. Note that the videos occasionally show a different code. That is because there are often multiple ways to skin a cat.
I should put in a shameless plug for my Associate Developer Study guide. That’s here.
What is the difference between the Study Guide and the Project Guide?
Yes, they both have the word “Guide” in them.
The study guide is focused on sharing and rounding your knowledge. There are many pages of text and code samples. It give you practical experience jumping-off points for further research.
The project guide is focused on a specific implementation to gain knowledge. It walks you through the background for ideas. It helps you understand why I do things like I do it. It gives you the practical experience aspect for about 70% of the knowledge needed to pass the Associate Developer test.
In my opinion, these are complementary. They work together both with the common goal of helping you become qualified and certified.