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  1. Don't push through the pain

    A little over 4 years ago I was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (RSI). Like many in my profession, this can feel like a death sentence. I mean, how are we going to continue doing what we love if doing what we love brings us pain. I’m not talking about the kind of pain a professional athlete feels after a hard game. I’m talking about searing, unrelenting pain. I’m talking about feeling like someone is attempting to forcefully remove your hand from your arm by pulling it off.

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  2. Using Solr to Search Magento by Partial SKU

    I recently needed to implement searching by partial SKU in Magento while using Solr. A quick search on the internet turned up a pair of posts that were nearly identical. Both posts offer a bit of a walk through of the code, though not explaining what all the code does. I’m going to take the time here to break down the configuration changes needed to make this work. I will also discuss where I made changes to the proposed configuration from those posts.

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  3. My Thoughts on MageHero

    If you don’t know what MageHero is and you are a developer working with Magento, go check it out first then come back to read the rest of this post.  If you are a merchant or recruiter, I would recommend you wait for now.  The site is very much a work in progress and isn’t really ready for you as an audience yet (I have no doubt that one day it will be one of your first stops when looking for a developer to hire.  That day just isn’t here yet).

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  4. Why are you still on PHP 5.3?

    Let’s start with some facts. PHP 5.3 officially experienced EOL (End Of Life) in March of 2013. That’s nearly 1 1/2 years ago (an eternity in tech years). The last bug fix for PHP 5.3 was released in December of 2013 – 8 months ago! There has probably been 2 dozen flash bug releases since then (seriously flash, please just die already).

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  5. Introducing TogglToJira

    As a consultant, keeping track of my time is obviously very important. I use Toggl to track every task (billable or not) that I work on for each client. However, I also have to update each client’s Jira project with the time I spent on each ticket as well as our billing system’s timesheet (we’ll leave that for another post and another day). This used to be a very manual process. I would have to check Toggl reports for each day and then log into Jira, pull up the ticket, and add a worklog. Here is where TogglToJira comes in.

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  6. Return to WordPress

    A while back I converted this blog to [SecondCrack][1]. That worked out for a while, but I wanted something a little more robust with more features. So I moved to [Octopress][2] hosted on GitHub. The problem was, I stopped posting entries. Having a static blog was nice for security, but made posting a little more inconvenient. Now I am back on WordPress where I will (hopefully) pickup posting more often. I’m also changing up the theme of my blog and generalizing a bit more. Instead of being solely focused on Magento and PHP, I’m going to work on posts that are applicable to other programming languages or DevOps related posts. In fact, look for the next post on this blog to be a guest post from a SysAdmin friend of mine.

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