Like every year since my blog relaunch I am starting the year with a little retrospective and outlook.
The visitor count did not change much over the year. There is a spike in September, which comes from a few more new articles.
The top visitor sources are also similar:
So let’s check out the most visited articles over the year:
|1 (+0)||Mocking built-in functions like time() in unit tests (2011)||4163||733||4896|
|2 (+4)||Show random products in Magento – you are doing it wrong! (2015)||1585||239||1824|
|3||Memoize method calls in PHP with cache decorators||1679||–||1679|
|4||Stop using helpers||1398||103||1501|
|5 (-3)||The Magento buyRequest object – A reference (2014)||987||274||1261|
|6||Using class_alias() to maintain backwards compatibility while move/rename classes||1238||–||1238|
|7||Collection Pipelines in PHP||891||–||891|
|8 (-6)||Magento bundle products: Use tier prices of simple products (2014)||447||332||779|
|9 (-1)||Magento tutorial: Use increment models to generate ids or SKUs (2014)||542||142||684|
|10||Design patterns for framework agnostic plugins / extensions: Dependency injection||–||654||654|
Again, half of the top ten are old articles. The post about random products in Magento could become a new evergreen based on the search engine traffic!
My “Design Patterns for framework agnostic plugins/extensions” series on integer-net.com got some attention and this was part of my overall topic of the year: my work on the Internet_Solr search extension for Magento 2.
I’m a bit tired of my ugly old WordPress and would love to use a static site blog for better security and performance. I tried Hugo for the third time or so, but gave up again. Found a nice theme but converting >100 multilingual posts from WordPress did not work well. Same for Jekyll. I consider giving Grav a try as well, but for now I’m still stuck with WordPress, at least with an updated look. The new Twenty Seventeen theme is quite nice! Got myself a personal header image as well.
Besides the new look, I am currently changing the content for the site to be less “businessy” because I don’t sell my services as a freelancer anymore. You still can hire me for Magento training and consulting, but solely through the agency integer_net where I went from part time employee to full time employee and partner, starting Jan 1 2017
Last year I did not make a list of new years resolutions, but still had a few things in mind for 2016:
- Concern myself with Magento 2 As expected, there was no way around that topic. At integer_net we released a beta version of IntegerNet_Solr for Magento 2 and started our first Magento 2 customer project in November
— Marcel Hauri (@mhauri) 10. November 2016
- Try running an own extension business I admit, this did not have high priority so I did not put enough work in it, but so far it was not profitable at all and we can scratch that.
- More sport Technically, I said “more sport until the next company running event”, so: I did it!
For me, 2016 was also a year of Magento events:
- Firegento Hackathon
- Developers Paradise, Croatia
- Mage Unconference, Germany
- Meet Magento Germany
- Mage Unconference, Netherlands
- Meet Magento Romania
- Mage Titans, UK
- Several Meetups in Aachen and Cologne
That’s nothing in comparison to the seasoned conference travelers in our community, but for me: a lot. I could not do this for weeks or months in a row, but I really enjoyed it. I plan to continue in 2017, but also pay more attention to other interesting events, not related to Magento. Make this the first items on my new years resolution list:
- Continue speaking at conferences
- Attend at least one tech conference not related to Magento
2017 – what else?
I started doing small TDD Katas regularly to practice my craft and also try out new technologies and methods. This is something I definitely want to make a habit of, just 15 minutes a day.
- Make TDD Katas part of my daily routine, blog about it
- Read more books (technical and non-technical)
— Fabian Schmengler (@fschmengler) 25. Dezember 2016
- Do interesting things
May 2017 be a successful year for all my readers as well!