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Jerry Eadeh on the Past and Future of Magento

When we scheduled this podcast, I planned to talk about the history of Magento. Jerry works for Nexcess, a hosting company that is famous for their Magento services. They've been there since Day 1. When the original Magento team were getting started, they needed hosting help with their first clients, and they called Nexcess. Nexcess even sponsored our Magento 2 Explained book!

But, just two days before this podcast, the news broke that Adobe was purchasing Magento. The Magento community was in shock.

In this episode, we try and digest the Adobe news. We talk about the history of Magento and try to figure out if that helps us understand what comes next for Magento.

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Jen Kramer, Harvard, and Bootstrap 4

Jen Kramer describes herself as a "Web Design Teacher" but that barely scratches the surface of what she does. She's a speaker, a teacher, a writer, a video trainer, and much more besides. Jen currently teaches web design at Harvard Extension School.

In this episode, I talk with Jen about teaching web design at Harvard and her upcoming videos for OSTraining. Jen is creating a video series and book on Bootstrap 4.

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The OSTraining Podcast #22: Andrew Embler and Concrete5

Andrew is the founder and CTO of Concrete5, an open source CMS that's comparable to WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and others.

Concrete5 has been around for over a decade and has introduced some innovations that other projects still haven't managed to equal. For example, for a long time now, Concrete5 users have been able to click on any part of the site to edit items, right there on the page.

I talk with Andrew about what it's like to run a large project for many years. He describes the ups-and-downs, including a major release that broke backwards compatability and frustrated some community members. Andrew also talks how he found a second wind, 10 years into building his project!

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Zac Gordon and React Explained

If you spend any time in the WordPress world, you've probably come across Zac Gordon. Zac is an enthusiastic and charming teacher who focuses on Javascript in WordPress. He borrowed the phrase "Learn Javascript Deeply" from Matt Mullenweg and he made it into his personal slogan. For the last several years, Zac has produced video classes, online conferences, live talks, and podcasts that focus on teaching you how to use Javascript in WordPress.

I'm delighted to say we're working with Zac on a book, "React Explained".

In this episode of the OSTraining podcast, Zac gives you an introduction to React. Why is it the Javascript framework of choice for WordPress, Drupal, Magento and other big platforms?

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Pippin Williamson and a Lifetime Company

Patrick Rauland has just published the "WooCommerce Explained" book with us. You could say that he's a WooCommerce fan.

Patrick has used it as a customer, worked for their support team, developed core functionality, and led three releases as the official Product Manager for WooCommerce. Patrick now helps plan their yearly conference, WooConf.

Follow Patrick on Twitter at @BFTrick and check out his personal site at SpeakinginBytes.com.

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Pippin Williamson and a Lifetime Company

Nick Croft has just published the "Genesis Explained" book, which is a developers guide to the most popular theme framework in WordPress.

Nick worked as a full-time support person for Genesis, before moving on to work as a developer on the framework. He later became a SaaS architect for the Rainmaker Platform, built on Genesis. Even before he literally wrote the book, he wrote the figurative book on Genesis. Nick is also a core contributor to Genesis and has multiple, popular Genesis plugins.

Follow Nick on Twitter at @nick_thegeek and check out his personal site at NickGeek.com.

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Pippin Williamson and a Lifetime Company

Pippin Williamson runs several of the most successful businesses in the WordPress world including Easy Digital Downloads and AffiliateWP. But instead of looking to sell, he's buying a park. And opening a brewery. And looking to build a company that will last a lifetime.

If you want to hear about Pippin's story, check out this interview with Indie Hackers and his 2017 Year in Review. If you want to hear about his life outside of business, this is the podcast for you. Click here to find out more about Pippin's park and click here for more on his brewery

My apologies for the audio on this episode - Pippin lives out in the countryside and the internet was glitchy.

Follow Pippin on Twitter at @pippinsplugins and check out all his products at Sandhillsdev.com.

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The OSTraining Podcast #16: Liz Mays and Pressbooks

Sometimes I invite people on the podcast because we've been friends for years. Other times, I invite people because we love their products. Pressbooks falls squarely into the second category.

At the beginning of 2017, I'd never heard of Pressbooks. We now use them to write, edit and publish ALL our books.

Pressbooks is a WordPress-based platform that actually makes book publishing fun! We used to take 3 years to write a book. With Pressbooks we're often done in less than 3 months.

Follow Pressbooks on Twitter at @pressbooks and try their platform at Pressbooks.com.

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Everything You Need to Know About Drupal 8

Consider this episode to be the busy person's guide to Drupal 8.

If you haven't had time to keep up with what's new in the Drupal world, Mike Anello is here to help you catch up.

No-one in the Drupal world is better connected than Mike, who has been in the community for over a decade. Mike is a trainer, developer, volunteer, camp organizer, podcaster. He's seen and done it all in Drupal.

Follow Mike on Twitter at @ultimike and via his site at DrupalEasy.com.

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Everything You Need to Know About Magento

Magento is one of the two most popular e-commerce platforms in the world. In this episode, we talk with Ray Bogman, who's been working with Magento for 10 years.

If you're new to Magento, this episode is a perfect introduction. We talk about the history, current state, and future of Magento. Ray also explains why 2017 is such a great time to be in e-commerce.

Follow Ray on Twitter at @raybogman and check out his site at https://supportdesk.nu.

In case you missed it, we now have Magento video training and a Magento book available for OSTraining members.

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Brian Hogg and Selling WordPress Plugins

In this week's episode, I talk with Brian Hogg.

Brian is a WordPress developer who writes plugins, but also creates super-helpful content for other developers.

He launches new WordPress plugins and writes about his efforts to build a business around those plugins. Follow Brian on Twitter at @BrianHogg. You can also find his plugins, blog posts and training classes at BrianHogg.com.

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The OSTraining Podcast #10: Mendel Kurland and Camp Press

In this week's episode, I talk with Mendel Kurland.

If you've been to a WordCamp over the last few years, there's a good chance you've met Mendel Kurland. Mendel works for GoDaddy where he's played a central role in improving that company's reputation.

In this episode, Mendel tells his story: a journey from early start-up success in Iowa to a key role inside GoDaddy. Mendel is also starting a new project called Camp Press which encourages tech workers to get switch off and get outdoors.

PS. If you listen to the episode, the answer to Mendel's cliffhanger on the next Camp Press location was Iceland!

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