From the archives: Osijek Software City hackathon – April 2012

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Today, while I was browsing YouTube, I accidentally stumbled upon a video from April 2012. The video was from a hackathon organised by Osijek Software City and the main character was me. I had completely forgotten about the great time that I had back in 2012 and watching this video again made my day.

Also, I mustn’t forget to say “thanks” to my friends from Inchoo who invited me to attend this event. I remember that the trip from Bulgaria to Osijek was long and I felt very tired, but it was definitely worthy. I met new people at the hackathon and I had some great personal and technical conversations. As a matter of fact, I met my friend Vedran Subotic at this event who, two years after “opened the door” for my moving to München, Germany.

On the hackathon I had to work alone because most of the attendees had teams and the attendees who were alone were too far from my professional expertise. I wanted to do something with Magento but the potential team members were good at C#.
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An idea how to discover the nightlife of München

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Almost every Wednesday I visit an event organized by the Facebook group – Munich – International friends. The event is called “The round table” and the main goal is to meet and socialize with new people. Most of the people on this event are foreigners and the common language is English, so it’s really good for non German speakers.

Before 3 weeks I went to the event after work and I wasn’t in mood to communicate and to socialize, because I had busy work day. For my good I met one of the most active group members, who was offering decks with special cards. The cards actually were free passes or free drink vouchers for different night clubs in München. You can check this website for more information – http://www.muenchenontherocks.de Initially I didn’t welcome the idea and even didn’t want to look at the cards, but later I change my mind. I got the idea to get one deck and later (when I am bored), from time to time to pull a card and to visit a club, which I would visit for first time.
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Open letter to 2 Magento frontend developers

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Good morning P. and P.

As we we couldn’t catchup yesterday and I couldn’t feed you with proper feedback, then I promised to write you an open letter with all the points that I wanted to discuss.

First of all thanks for the git pull request and giving me the chance to review your code. I have to say that in general I am quite impressed. You managed to “draw the line” where is the scope your work and you properly marked the places inside the templates where the backend team have to step in. The idea with the TODOs and the timestamp was really original. This will make the things for us much more easier in the near future, when we will replace your static texts with our data getters.

There was something specific for your pull request. It contained many commits and it was representing your work from the last weeks. I noticed some small issues that were repeated in different template files.
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1 year Cecko’s Lab

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Really busy 3 weeks for me. I had no day off, even in the weekend I worked hard, some sleepless nights, but found time to prepare something for the 1 – st birth day of domain name ceckoslab.com ( That’s the way to enjoy Palma de Mallorca ) 😛

Let me summarize what happened in the past year:

Evolution:

Thanks to @tomislavbilic who reminded me, that I don’t have favicon.
@ceckoslab has faviconless website :) ;P
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Magento Developers Paradise 2010 and Me

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This article discusses the experiences, impressions and conclusions of the Magento Developer Conference held between October 10th – October 12th in Palma de Mallorca.

MDP 2010 – My viewpoint

It’s been several months after the Conference but I can say that I am still enthusiastic and still keep the positive spirit of the event.

Personally, I value MDP 2010 more as a social than as a professional experience. In fact, one of the reasons why I attended the conference was sheer curiosity – to see the community, all gathered at the same place. I wanted to prove to myself that behind the nicknames and the forum threads there were real people. It was a pleasant surprise to meet the people thanks to whose articles I made my first steps in the field of Magento.

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Let’s do some themes

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Before 2 – 3 mounts ago I took a decision to invest some time and money and to try my luck on the market for themes for Magento.

I said, why not. Lets do some probes and to see are there possibilities for business in this area. Even more … with this I will put something in my empty portfolio ( I will put my logo on something ). Cool ahhhh …, isn’t it?

I had need of designer!

I had a chance to meet Ivo Ivanov aka Pixel Ninja. According to me he is one of the best designers in Bulgaria.

Well … the first design is ready and I rub one’s hands to cut it.

Thank you Pixel Ninja. Hope that will be one good partnership and we will work together in the future.

For curious here are some screen shots:

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