Posts Tagged ‘php’

Benchmarking Zend_Cache backends for Magento

October 3rd, 2011

The Zend_Cache module from the Zend Framework is a nice piece of work. It has a slew of programmer-friendly frontends and a respectable set of backends with a well-designed interface. I love the a-la-carte approach, but I am only really interested in the Zend_Cache_Core frontend and the backends that support tagging since that is what is required by Magento. This begs the question, which backend should you use? While I have my own opinion on that matter (ahem, Redis. -post coming soon-ish), I wanted a reliable way to test Zend_Cache backend performances so I wrote a benchmark! This benchmark was both forked from and inspired by the benchmark found in Vinai Kopp’s Symlink Cache. It uses Magento’s core/cache model rather than Zend_Cache_Core directly so a Magento (or Magento-lite) installation and bash are the only requirements.

The purpose of this post is not to provide a bunch of cache backend benchmarks, but rather to simply introduce my benchmark code in the hopes that others conduct their own tests and hopefully publish their findings. A link to this post is appreciated. Also, if there are any criticisms of the benchmark I’d love to see a pull request. :)

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Adding Minimal Price To Any Product Collection in Magento

June 4th, 2009

There are many “Bestseller“, “Most Viewed”, and other front-page modules available for Magento. Those that use the Reports module to maintain good performance have the slight drawback that they do not inherit the catalog/product_collection resource model and it’s handy addMinimalPrices() function. This function adds the fields necessary for the getPriceHtml($product, TRUE) function to work, which prints out the “As low as” text for products that have tiered pricing. This is a must-have feature if you use tiered pricing, so here is how you can make getPriceHTML($product, TRUE) work with any collection of products:

$productIds = array_keys($_products->getItems());
$minimalPriceModel = Mage::getResourceModel('catalogindex/price');
$minimalPrices = $minimalPriceModel->getMinimalPrices($productIds);
foreach ($minimalPrices as $row) {
  $item = $_products->getItemById($row['entity_id']);
  if ($item) {
    $item->setData('minimal_price', $row['value']);
    $item->setData('minimal_tax_class_id', $row['tax_class_id']);

There you have it!

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Hiding “Out of Stock” Items in Magento

June 2nd, 2009

Updated 7/14/09

This module has been replaced with one that correctly updates the layered navigation counts. See the new version here.

Updated 7/3/09

The in-stock-only module now works properly when multiple websites are in use.

Updated 6/26/09

The in-stock-only module now works with configurable products.


Magento has several criteria for determining if an item should be visible in the store, but one of these is not whether or not the item is in stock. Magento can manage your stock and will set your stock status to “Out of Stock” for you, but what if you want these out of stock items to be hidden from the store.. automatically? Also, in my case I do not want to “disable” the item because the inventory management system will then ignore it. Turns out this was much more difficult to figure out than I expected it to be but the end solution was quite simple.

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Implementing Zend Framework’s “Conventional Modular” Directory Structure in Kohana

April 19th, 2009

There is a little conflict in terms here because “modules” are not the same to Kohana as they are to Zend Framework and Yii Framework, which both have support for modular directory structures. In Kohana, modules are like plugins to the framework which can change or add functionality to the core to be made use of in the application. The “Conventional Modular” Directory Structure in Zend Framework is a configuration option, and modules are more like sub-applications; essentially just a neat way to organize various components of an application.

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