Let me start with a note: I actually really like OpsWorks. I like getting things done quick and easily and the clean domain model (layers != instances != apps != deployment). We run a couple of Magento stores (medium-sized and large ones) on OpsWorks and we never had any major problems with it....

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There are many ways how to provision an EC2 instance. And with "provision" I mean "getting everything ready" by installing and configuring all required software and your build in an automated, reproducible way - no, launching an EC2 instance in the AWS Console, logging in via SSH and manually...

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Here are some early thoughts about this and that. The more I think about it the clearer some of the things become. And still there are hundreds of open questions. Follow me through this journey trying to figure out what's the right thing to do for our next big project...

SUPER-scaling

We're...

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Did you ever try to make a block that is cached by default uncacheable? Let's play a little bit with caches and layout xml and you might learn a trick or two along the way...

First of all: Why would you want to make a block uncacheable?! - Just because you can :) And here's an example:

Let's...

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Seat 10C. On my way back home to San Francisco from Imagine Commerce 2015 in Las Vegas.

This conference was a blast.

Flying home feels like coming home from a big scout summer camp. I met so many interesting people, old and new friends and had some truly inspiring discussions. I feel my brain...

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