Archive for September 29, 2011

Get certified at X.Commerce Innovate Developer’s Conference

According to susies from Magento team, during the Innovate Developer’s Conference at San Francisco’s Moscone Center on October 12th-13th, developers will have the first-ever opportunity to earn Magento Developer Certification by taking a beta version of the exam. Magento Developer Certification is the gold standard for credibility among Magento developers, partners and merchants.

What is Magento Developer Certification?

  • An objective, professional mid-advanced level certification geared toward professional developers that have real-world experience with Magento implementations
  • Sponsored by Magento
  • Created by Magento developer gurus with the input of experts from the global Magento ecosystem
  • Developed using the most rigorous industry standards and methodologies for exam development, ensuring exam’s accuracy in evaluating relevant skills

How much does it cost?

Participants in the initial beta test will pay a reduced rate of $150, a $110 savings (regular price $260) for the exam. However, space is limited so register for your exam in advance to guarantee your spot! Space will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

How do I sign up?

Step 1: Register for the Innovate Conference.
Step 2: Register for the exam.

When do I find out about the results?

Participating developers will be notified by email 4-6 weeks after the conference. Developers who pass the exam based on the Beta exam analysis will achieve the Magento Certified Developer or Magento Certified Developer Plus credential.

What if I can’t make it to Innovate?

Starting in December, developers will be able to take the Magento Developer Certification exam at one of 10,000+ testing sites worldwide. Please check for updates here.

Magento encourages all developers to take advantage of this rewarding opportunity. If you have additional questions, please send an email to training@magento.com with ‘certification’ in the subject line.

See you at Innovate!

EBay builds new division to woo developers

As all know, a new business for eBay called X.commerce has emerged in recent months. This is an excerpt of an article from Los Angeles Times.

The website for the division, X.com, revives a name from the early days of PayPal, when it merged a competing online payments business called X.com started by Elon Musk.

X.commerce is trying to persuade outside developers to create applications, or apps, for merchants looking to sell more online.

The apps can be designed to work on EBay’s marketplaces. They may also include payment capabilities from PayPal and work with websites built on Magento, an open-source e-commerce company that EBay bought in June.

The more useful apps that developers build through X.commerce, the more likely merchants are to use EBay’s marketplaces, PayPal’s payment technology or GSI’s e-commerce services.

The idea is to indirectly monetize EBay’s main assets PayPal, GSI and Marketplaces,” said Matthew Mengerink, the EBay veteran who runs the new division. “X.commerce is in a unique position. I don’t have to drive revenue, I have to drive traffic.”

EBay has about 725,000 developers registered with its various developer programs, and there are roughly 4,600 Magento apps active on X.com, up from 3,800 at the start of the year, according to Mengerink.

Mengerink said he will measure X.commerce‘s success partly on how much money developers make selling apps.

If developers are making the money, you can’t shake the platform,” he added. “We believe we can create the largest ecosystem.”

Smaller merchants will not have to hire lots of in-house developers if a wide variety of e-commerce apps are available to buy and plug into their online stores, Mengerink explained.