Andrew McCombe


Magento Certified Website Developer

Great deal on Laracasts – even if you’re already subscribed

For Thanksgiving (a holiday that we don’t have here in Britain), Jeffrey Way is giving away a coupon code on Laracasts for 40% off subscriptions. And if – like me – you’re already a subscriber you can also get 40% off your next bill too!


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 Mailtrap.io

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 Mailtrap.io.


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.