Discovering Hrvoje Jurišić, Certified Magento Frontend Developer at Inchoo

i4: Tell us about where do you work and what is your position.

Jurišić: I work at Inchoo as a team leader and frontend developer. We are called Casablanca Team and we have 8 members. Sometimes, less often than I wish, I draw Inchooers comic strip. Hope to have more time for that in the future.

i4: Linux, Windows or Mac? Why?

Jurišić: I was a designer before turned to coding, so Linux was never really an option. Therefore, I was a Windows user for a long time, but turned to Mac few years ago. Right now using MacBook Pro with Retina screen and loving it. Love how Apple packed beautiful designed, powerful hardware with intuitive and usable operating system into one great product.

i4: Which IDE do you use?

Jurišić: Was Eclipse user a long time, now using mostly Sublime Text.

i4: Do you use any control version system? Why?

Jurišić: We use Git. Not using version control these days on Magento projects is not really an option. Git was our choice since it practically became industry standard.

i4: How long have you been working with Magento?

Jurišić: I started tackling Magento back in 2009., when I joined Inchoo.

i4: When developing, where do you look for help or support?

Jurišić: Inchoo blog :) Being a frontend developer, I usually need help with backend area. Having over 30 colleagues in the same office makes getting help and support quite easy. Everyone is cooperative. Especially our lead backend developer Ivan Weiler (@ivanweiler) and my teammate Domagoj Potkoc.

i4: Within the developing community, tell us whom do you know and what would you highlight of them.

Jurišić: Speaking at the conferences, I earned a chance to meet a lot of great developers – some less and some more recognized among the community – like Ivan Chepurnyi, Thomas Fleck, Guido Jansen, Viacheslav Kravchuk, Ignacio Riesco, Kuba Zwolinski and many more. I admire their commitment, not only for their work, but to the whole community. Such commitment brings passion and fun to our jobs. People like them are making the ecosystem more personal which is quite important. I feel that on these conferences it is not just the technology that connects us, but the similar creativity and passion for sharing the knowledge.

i4: What thing do you like most of Magento? Jurišić: Features. I like how it solves our customer’s problems. I love its customizability and scalability.

i4: And the thing you like less?

Jurišić: From the standpoint of a frontend developer – I don’t like Magento front-end. I don’t like how Javascript is implemented, with the Prototype dependence and templates full of javascript.

i4: If you could change 3 things of Magento, which ones would be?

Jurišić: 1. Frontend :) Clean, simple, valid and semantic HTML. 2. Javascript implementation. It would be great to have framework agnostic platform, although I know it is near to impossible today. 3. Would also love to have more customizable and extendable checkout.

i4: What do you think about Magento 2.0? Jurišić: It’s already late :) Now seriously – we still don’t have the final product, but I like how things are shaping up. Just hoping that we will see the final product next year. From a frontend guy point of view, I’m glad they implemented RequireJS as a file and module loader. It should improve speed and code quality. On the other hand, I’m not too happy they have chosen Less over SASS, but I can understand the reasons. Looks like code is extensible and developers can implement their preferred adapter. Although we still don’t have final product, I have a feeling that Magento started listening to the community and I am hoping we will have a great platform to work on, once it’s released.

i4: What could you tell us about the future of your company? Which are your future steps/goals?

Jurišić: Inchoo is a strong brand in Magento world. However, at this moment, we are recognized mostly as a development company. Our goal is to invest in consulting services, UX design and be recognized as full-service agency for anyone interested in selling on the web.

i4: And the tricky question… What do you think about interactiv4?

Jurišić: Never worked with them, but visited website on more occasions. I really like their work. It’s top notch. Met their CEO, Ignacio who is a very nice guy. Charismatic.