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One of the most time consuming, and frustrating tasks (purely becuase it is so mundane) is for a developer is to export external system databases, and re-import them for debug work.

In magento land, you need to alter a lot of database config values to make the imported database run in your dev environment.

This article describes a snaphot tool I created to allow quick, easy import and export of external magento databases into my development environment.

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Comments | Posted in Magento By lucas van Staden

The standard magento way to sync orders placed, to external systems, is to use the 'sales_order_place_after' event. (This is even a question in the magento certification exam)

I have a problem with this: latency at checkout!

Using this (presecibed) method to sync your orders, you can add at least 3+ seconds (and as long as xx seconds) to the checkout process. That is unwanted lag, and delay for your customers, just to se their success page display.

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Comments | Posted in Magento By lucas van Staden

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