Meeting Luis Tineo, System Architect in Blue Acorn

Luis E. Tineo

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

Luis: I work at Blue Acorn as the Systems Architect of DevOps Team. I work almost exclusively with Production sites, maintaining their overall health, keeping things performing well, assisting other developers with complex architectures and by and large moving the company towards complete automation.

i4: Linux, Windows or Mac? Why?

Luis: Linux. Interesting enough the first computer I ever got was a Mac, don’t remember the model though, it was also that computer what moved me to Linux, this was before Steve Jobs turned Apple into the beast of today. During college I was dual booting Windows and Linux and ultimately set on Linux for good. Since I don’t do much design or play video games in my computer I can get away with it.

i4: Which IDE do you use?

Luis: For heavy Magento Development Netbeans, for everything else either Sublime Text, Kate or VIM (especially for Server related work and Bash scripting)

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

Luis: We use Git. I had a lot of exposure to Bazaar and Mercurial in the past and when I first started at Blue Acorn, I sort of had the choice in what Version Control System to use. I went with Git and while it was painful at times, we have the process to a science now.

i4: How long have you been working with Magento?

Luis: I started doing some freelancing back in 2007, trying to change some page layouts and some other fun stuff (most of them failures though). Officially I have only been working with Magento since 2009 and CE version 1.3.x and every PE/EE flavor after that.

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

Luis: My MO is to look into what and how Magento does things. Typically I have xdebug running and use strace a lot. If I need to a quick response, Area 51 and Skype typically do the trick!

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

Luis: Wow, where do I start? It’s probably better if I don’t start mentioning names because I will forget someone and that’d be the end of me. However I can say I worked with Ben Marks for almost 5 years. Had some very Vega-like adventures with Mark Shust and Ashley Schroder during Magento Imagine 2012  — Met Fabrizio Branca, Vinai Knopp, Bastian Ike, Allan MacGregor, Guido Jansen, Ignacio Riesco, Pablo Benitez, Ivan Chepurnyi, Kimberely Thomas, Karen Baker, Kalen Jordan, Brent Peterson and many more. The one thing all of them have in common is the passion and desire to be help the community become better, smarter and more efficient. They do in some many ways that its hard to highlight them all but Meet Magento NY 2014 is a testament of this :-)

i4: What thing do you like most of Magento?

Luis: Everything except for a few things here and there. I mean it. My favorite features though are the Events system, Block/Layout approach and how most of the design patterns are implemented. Is it the best implementation? No, but I wonder who has written a platform of this scale without needing to do some major refactoring later!

i4: And the thing you like less?

Luis: I know it is getting better but the API could use some love. I know I am still feeling the pain of having to build on top SOAP and Magento’s API module long ago and that’s not the reality today but I wish every module would expose some API functionality so I don’t have to even bother to see if there are 3rd party module which could change the core functionality.

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

Luis:

  1. Better API functionality
  2. Better module decoupling. It should be relatively easy to turn off modules.
  3. XML configurations. I am pretty sure either arrays or JSON would make things simpler but that’s probably me speaking crazy talk.

i4: What do you think about Magento 2.0?

Luis: I thought Dragons and Unicorns were the most mystical creatures of all time until I heard about Magento 2.0, I also heard Magento 3.0 is coming out soon. I suppose Magento 2 has re-defined what the word soon means.

All jokes aside, Magento 2.0 brings back a lot of power to the Store Owner, similar to how WordPress does things but more securely and controlled.

By and large, I really don’t have a yay or nay about the platform because it has not been battled tested in production yet however based on the feature list, excitement from the developers and community I believe Magento 2.0 will be a great product. That said, I really look forward to install it and have customer evaluate the product.

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

Luis: Blue Acorn is recognized as a top brand in the Magento world and we understand what that means. We are always looking forward to be better and while we celebrate the successes of yesterday we look forward to the challenges of tomorrow. There’s a bright future for Blue Acorn and we are ready for the challenge.

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

Luis: I have never worked with Interactiv4 directly but I know a few people who work there. Like this guy name Ignacio Riesco; I know companies are a reflection of their CEO and Interactiv4 has one of the coolest CEOs I ever met. I don’t know what he is planning (I don’t think anyone does) but Interactiv4 right now is positioning itself to take over the Magento Space. I personally think their roster has enough technical depth to be one of the top 5 Magento Companies in the world and one of the top 3 companies I’d ever want to work for!!!