Andrew McCombe

Magento Certified Website Developer

Magento Snippet: Use a Group By clause on a collection model

Here’s a Magento snippet showing how to use a Group By clause on a Magento collection model.

Managing Homebrew Services

Homebrew is easy to use and makes installing services such as MySQL or Elasticsearch a breeze. Here’s how to manage those services.

I’m a Magento Certified Developer!

I’m pleased to announce that I have recently passed the Magento Certified Developer exam.

Fix for PHP Composer “????%” issue

I’ve had a problem on a few older projects where composer dies with “????%” after running `composer update`. Here’s the fix.

Introducing Hit The Ground: Laravel Edition

I had the idea a while ago of creating a basic starter app containing the boilerplate code needed to get started on an idea – so here it is. Introducing my Laravel Starter App – Hit the Ground.

Magento Custom Variables

Magento provides an interface for you to define your own custom variables. You can use these in CMS pages, static blocks, email templates and phtml templates. Here’s how to use them.

MySQL Foreign Key Tutorial

Here’s a quick tutorial on creating foreign keys with MySQL.

Testing Magento Email with

Have you discovered how hard it is when testing Magento email? Have you ever tried getting Magento to use a separate SMTP server to send emails? I have, and got very frustrated with it. My solution to testing magento email is to use

How to backup and restore with Magento 2

Magento 2 comes with built-in functionality to backup and restore the code, media, and database. You can choose to backup and restore code, media, or database separately. Here’s how to backup and restore with Magento 2.

Product and Breadcrumb Rich Snippets in Magento

Here’s how to add products and breadcrumb Rich Snippets in Magento.