1. 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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  2. What is on your Playlist?

    I haven’t posted in several months (in case you haven’t noticed) and I wanted to post something more substantial as part of my return to posting, but instead I’m going to go with this short post.

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  3. Hooks in Second Crack

    If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m pretty excited about the fact this blog is running on [Second Crack][1]. I’m so excited, I’ve started customizing it (and contributing my changes back to Marco, if he wants them).

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  4. Blog Relaunch

    Well, here we are. New year, new domain name. I’ve decided to move my blog onto a new domain name: joeconstant.com. A little more fitting then the previous location. It was a bit of a temporary place, but I just never followed through with moving it. Until now anyway.

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  5. The Ventura PHP Developers Group

    Today I officially took over as organizer of the [Ventura PHP][1] group. The original organizer stepped down and the group was close to being closed on meetup.com. I had actually forgotten I was a member of the group until the notices started coming. There was only one meetup and I think it was before I joined (over a year ago). I’ve been going to [LAPHP][2] for some of the events. However, with it being in Santa Monica, I haven’t wanted to drive out to it. I’m really hoping that I can get the Ventura PHP group going. I think it would be great to have some regular meet-ups with other PHP developers in my area.

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  6. Custom URL Rewrites

    Have you ever needed a special URL that doesn’t match your module and controller name? I mean sure /mymodule/mycontroller/myaction is always nice to have as a URL if the naming makes sense. However, sometimes you need a prettier URL to make those SEO guys happier (you know, the ones that make the internet so much “better” for searching). If you are not already aware, Magento can help with that. Perhaps you’ve seen the URL Rewrites menu under Catalog in the admin panel. Maybe you’ve dismissed it thinking it was only for products or categories. Hold on. It is so much more.

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  7. The end of an era, the beginning of a new age

    On August 6th 14 years ago, I began working for my current employer. I started out as a part-time cashier and worked my way up through the company. I went from cashier to Assistant Office Manager, then I transferred to the HelpDesk as a support tech. I later began programming in Java and moved over to the programming department. And, as those of you who have followed this blog know, I moved to PHP and working on the website in Magento about a year and a half ago. It’s been a long and interesting journey.

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