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[Recap] South Florida Magento Meetup

Every meetup that SD hosts is fun and exciting, but the July 28th South Florida Magento Meetup was historic. It was our 12th event and marked the 2 year anniversary for Florida’s only Magento Meetup.

This month we partnered with the Palm Beach Javascript Meetup. We had a strong showing from that group – nearly 20 developers were in attendance in addition to our usual crowd.

We kicked off the evening with some pizza from Sal’s Ristorante and beer sponsored by Something Digital. We held a drawing and gave away some Soludos swag – a pair of shoes from Something Digital’s client soludos.com, makers of stylish espadrilles for men and women. Congratulations to Michael Dell of WebStoreGroup on winning the door prize.

Lightning Talks

A new segment was introduced called “lightning talks” – short presentations that are 5 minutes or less. The talks were brilliantly delivered by two community members – Emily Pepperman (Developer, Dive Gear Express) and David Cabrera (Developer, Garden of Life).

Emily’s talk centered on the potential pitfalls of having code that is not “validated” – code in your store that doesn’t conform to written standards. The code may look correct or even behave correctly, but according to Emily may harm SEO rank and prove unpredictable to users accessing your site from various browsers.

She also mentioned an interesting statistic – older browsers may have broken with some Magento 2 code which fails validation – but older browsers cannot accept newer security standards which are required by PCI 3.1 compliance (SSL being retired in favor of TLS in late 2015). This sparked interesting group discussion.David’s talk revolved around 5 lessons learned from a recent site build he completed with Garden of Life. Lesson #1, “Don’t sacrifice user experience for business requirements” recounted a potentially dangerous approach they originally took to implement Address Validation. His lessons-learned were insightful and his presentation was beautiful.

Hopefully David can spin his presentation into a full talk at some point because he was both funny and informative and his knowledge of Magento and ecommerce is deep.

View Emily’s Talk

View David’s Talk

Main Talk

The main talk of the evening was presented by Magento Meetup organizer Phillip Jackson. His presentation covered a topic at the intersection of ecommerce and Javascript: using Javascript to test for breakages in Magento PCI compliance.

Because PCI is such a deep topic and the subject had been thoroughly covered in other meetups, this particular presentation focused on how to create toolkits and processes that satisfy the finer requirements of PCI. It also covered some of the shortcomings of business processes and the impact that custom software development can have on your compliance costs.

View Phillip’s Talk

Conclusion

Something Digital puts on great parties and July’s meetup was no exception. The food and drink were the perfect prelude to an evening of networking and thoughtful conversation.

If you’d like to attend our Magento Meetup in South Florida we encourage you to join us! Our next meetup is September 29th in Delray Beach!