markoshust's blog

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 15:28

Getting Started with Yeoman, Angular, Firebase, & AngularFire: Part One

Submitted by markoshust Thu, 09/18/2014 - 15:28

So, I'm starting to build web apps on the next best thing, Firebase. That said, I'm coming from a formal PHP world involving Zend Framework, complex setups, continuous deployments, and other tools which are complex, but built for stability and structure. Well, none of that exists with Angular and Firebase, at least not yet.


Sun, 04/13/2014 - 22:03

Install a GoDaddy SSL Certificate into AWS ELB

Submitted by markoshust Sun, 04/13/2014 - 22:03

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) is a great service that allows you to scale your AWS-based servers very easily. However, setting up SSL within an ELB is a bit tricky if you've never done it before. You can use just about any computer to do this, but if you have a web server with OpenSSL and some command line experience, that will make things easy.


Mon, 03/31/2014 - 15:23

A Programmer's Ergonomic Workstation

Submitted by markoshust Mon, 03/31/2014 - 15:23

Let’s start off by saying that I work a solid 8 to 10 hours a day on my computer, 5 or 6 days a week, as a computer programmer. These long and strenuous hours take a toll, especially when you deal with the added stresses of starting your own business, and the ability to motivate yourself when working from home. I’ve had back problems since I was about 12 years old, and it’s no coincidence that this is just about the exact time that I got my first computer, a Packard Bell Pentium Pro.


Thu, 11/07/2013 - 10:08

Creating a Node.js Server/Client with Socket.IO & MySQL

Submitted by markoshust Thu, 11/07/2013 - 10:08

Personally, I find Node.js to be completely fascinating. It's a direct lineage of Atwood's Law, that "any application that can be written in JavaScript, will eventually be written in JavaScript". Even the server. This, my friends, in a day of jQuery and JSON starting to rule the world, is a beautiful thing.


Tue, 05/28/2013 - 18:54

How to install OroCRM on Mac

Submitted by markoshust Tue, 05/28/2013 - 18:54

Being that I'm pretty heavily involved in Magento, I'm following OroCRM, the open-source content relationship management tool, created by the guys who were very actively involved in Magento's development (Yoav & Jary). I'm very excited about this piece of software, as there is very-much lacking an awesome PHP-based CRM software platform. It's also pretty neat that they released Oro Platform as well for developing all sorts of things (besides just CRM software piece).


Sat, 05/25/2013 - 13:06

My suggestion on setting up Magento's app/etc/local.xml file for dev/stage/prod environments

Submitted by markoshust Sat, 05/25/2013 - 13:06

It seems as though everyone always wonders what to do with app/etc/local.xml, and how to best manage it when deploying from development to staging and production. It took me a while to figure this out, but I think I found a really good way.


Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:29

My review of Instant Magento Performance Optimization How-To by Nayrolles Mathieu

Submitted by markoshust Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:29

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Packt Publishing to write a review on a new performance eBook that was available titled Instant Magento Performance Optimization How-To written by Nayrolles Mathieu. Since I always love to play devil's advocate and try my best to criticize everything (my guilty pleasure ;), I gladly accepted the challenge.


Mon, 04/01/2013 - 10:22

How to setup a chroot'd SFTP account in Linux

Submitted by markoshust Mon, 04/01/2013 - 10:22

When I went to create an SFTP account for a client, which needed to be chroot'd (~ locked down to that directory), I really didn't think it would be that difficult. Setting up regular SSH and FTP accounts is usually pretty straight forward, and actually so is creating SFTP accounts. But when you add in the ability to chroot it, it becomes a bit more complex. There aren't too many good straight-forward writeups about this online that actually explain things in any detail, so I did my best and tried to keep it simple.


Fri, 01/18/2013 - 15:32

Install ionCube loader on Mac OS X

Submitted by markoshust Fri, 01/18/2013 - 15:32

It might look to be a little tricky to get ionCube Loader installed on Mac OS X, but it's actually quite easy. The ionCube Loader lets you decrypt ionCube-encoded projects so you can run software that is encrypted by the developer, or software which may be protected to specific domains and/or locations.

First, you need to visit the ionCube Loader download page.


Fri, 11/02/2012 - 11:43

Why you shouldn't use the core diff feature of MageUpdate

Submitted by markoshust Fri, 11/02/2012 - 11:43

I feel as though I have to post about this sooner rather than later. A day or two ago, Kalen of MageUpdate posted an article, Mage Core: Keeping It Clean. The idea of the script is to check your Magento installation for properly coded modules. In theory, this is an absolutely great idea, because I can certainly attest that there is a plethora of garbage modules and extensions out there.

Looking into the script details, it's a simple two-step process: