Author: unmeshballal

Customizing Agile story using a custom template in JIRA

In Agile projects at times requirements are periodical and come in a specific format. The default story interface is a free flow text and do not allow customizations. Custom field’s options from JIRA enable us to achieve this task. Detailed instructions are here:
https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/JIRA/Adding+a+Custom+Field
Hence for a web application or a web page now I can add fields like:
Page Title:
Layout template: (multicolumn/single column/grid) etc..
A sub-task module further simplifies task by adding multiple pages where now each page can be specified with multiple custom fields.

My prototype development experience with Magento

Magento is an ecommerce framework vendor where we recently developed a prototype. I started off with installing Magento Community Edition from http://www.magentocommerce.com/download

Magento offers demo data as optional installation. If you are installing for first time it’s recommended to also download the demo data.

Before installing you need a Wamp or XAMP installed on your windows machine. If you install the latest version it may not be supported as yet so do check the System Requirements from http://www.magentocommerce.com/system-requirements page before copying downloaded files in your web folder. Load the sample data in magento database and point to your browser to magento web folder. Rest of the installation is straightforward and once you setup the passwords you are done.

Browse to the admin panel and there are plenty of things to configure from extensions to add-ons to third party integrations. The crux of the magento is in these configurations. Once configured the payment method and other customizations you are done! Now next step is to add modify the product catalog. Since we loaded the sample data its already there. Your first magento application is now ready.

If don’t want to do even these steps there is a easier way out to directly go for hosted solution checkout http://go.magento.com/plans/

Conclusion: eCommerce app development couldn’t get easier than this!