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Community Engineering Newsletter, December 10 - 14, 2018

New Contributor

Incredible continuing work in all special projects and Magento 2 as we get closer to the holidays! Get a quick update on all Community Engineering projects including completed and in-progress stories, features, and testing. Welcome new contributors joining your community projects. Check open requests and good first issues in the project boards.


If you missed a meeting or demo, want to join a specific project and contribute, or have questions, check the links to recordings, project boards, and more.


Check the Magento Community Engineering Google Calendar for all events:

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Community Engineering News

  • The Community Engineering team is seeking new maintainers. We have added information to the maintainers site and tweeted. The weekly newsletter will include information for those interested. Please have anyone interested to contact us at
  • December 2018 Livestream moved to January. Have a great holiday and happy New year! We’ll post information on the Livestream soon.
  • As an Adobe company, Magento follows the Adobe holiday schedule with offices closed from December 24, 2018, to January 2, 2019. Check in with your projects through Slack for meetings and updates through the holiday.



Project Board | GitHub | Slack |DevDocs | User Guide

Magento Coordinator: Igor Minialilo and Igor Gorin

  • Work this week:
    • 4 created issues
    • 2 opened PRs
    • 3 closed PRs
    • Milestone 3 in-progress on Store Pickup, Elasticsearch updates and planning this week
  • MSI #1890: Slava Moskalyuk Elasticsearch support on Custom During the demo, ES was enabled, configured, and worked for filtering and searches in storefront. Products correctly listed for facets.
  • MSI Issue 1921/PR 1937: Vitalii Boiko (@VitaliyBoyko) from Atwix submitted the first PR for the MSI performance track (Igor Miniailo presented). Performance degradation on Search and Category pages greatly reduced: Category page Fully Loaded time from +84% to +9% degradation, search from +100% to +12%!
  • We are progressing well on Elasticsearch updates with current estimates for completed work during December 2018. If capable, we may push release an updated package to provide Elasticsearch support. 
  • Igor Miniailo (@iminyaylo) discussed feature and use cases for source deductions for issued credit memos after invoice/before shipping in cases where inventory is removed due to spoiling, damage, etc. Determining all use cases and potential design.
  • Alex Lunkov from Atwix published an article about MSI:
  • Tom Erskine shared weekly updates on manual and automated MFTF testing coverage for the week. Hiptests increased from 505 to 531 in Sales based on scenario updates, credit memos in sales. Current focus is to automate S1/S0. MFTF pass is 125/87%, working to bring down the Skip 18/13%.


Meeting recordings:



Project Board | GitHub | Slack | DevDocs

Magento Coordinator: Valeriy Nayda and Igor Gorin

Current PRs status:

  • 3 PRs have been created
  • No PRs have been merged 
  • 14 PRs have "Development / Review in Progress" status
  • 1 PR has broken builds but without progress

Release planning:

  • Misha Kotov (@mish_capis)discussed plans for in-progress 2.3.1/2.3.2 releases. Watch the weekly sync for complete details.
  • Scope may trim down for 2.3.1 based on timeline refinement
  • If seeking contribution work, we recommend checkout experience. Our focus is completing the checkout experience.
  • Started using story points to estimate relative size/complexity for work (not time to develop/complete).
  • Reviewed burndown report.

Demo presentations:


Meeting Recordings:


PWA Studio

Project Board | GitHub | Slack | DevDocs

Magento Coordinator:  Eric Erway,  James Zetlen, Andrew Wilcox, and Igor Gorin

  • Community grooming focused on reintroduction of category sorting (#360) and filtering (#361) capabilities for Venia  
  • Magento PWA team is beginning to transition from Scrum to Kanban, future grooming sessions will eliminate t-shirt sizing exercise in favor of more detailed story decomposition
  • 6 Community PRs in the last week including: 
  • 122 commits (+51%) in last two weeks
  • 10 Contributors (-41%) over that same time
  • Gitential reporting


Meeting recordings:


Asynchronous Import & Bulk API Project

Project Board | GitHub | Slack | DevDocs Bulk API & Async API

Community Project Maintainer: Alex Lyzun from comwrap

Magento Coordinator:  Volodymyr Kublytskiy and Igor Gorin


Meeting Recording:



Project Board | GitHub | Slack

Magento Coordinator:  David Manners and Igor Gorin

Continuing work:



Cloud ece-tools

GitHub | Slack | DevDocs

  • We've added a new section to the Cloud DevDocs for Optimize cloud deployment. The information provides insights to Cloud deployment process, SCD strategies, and Smart wizards.


Magento 2

Project Board | GitHub| Slack

  • 34 Pull Requests merged to core
  • 57 Pull Requests created
  • 26 new issues created
  • 77 closed issues


Magento Architecture

Project Board | GitHub | Slack

Guidelines updates:

Process updates and agendas:



DevDocs & MerchDocs

Site | Slack | Github | What’s New

  • What is “running tests” in PRs? The DevDocs team runs a link checker test via Jenkins using the trigger. We run the tests on PRs as part of our merge process.
  • The Magento DevDocs team will be on vacation from December 24 to January 2. We'll resume normal operations on January 2, 2019, and start merging and publishing doc updates then.
  • Many thanks to contributors submitting numerous PRs before the end of the year! We appreciate your support and help.
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