January 13, 2020
Magento Masters contribute a lot to the Magento Community so, naturally, people want to know what makes them tick. In this Magento Masters Spotlight, we’re chatting with Andreas von Studnitz.
Who are you, and what is your role?
I’m Andreas von Studnitz. I’m a Co-Founder of integer_net, it’s a Magento agency in Germany. Personally, I’m as well a Managing Director and a developer, backend developer. I love traveling. I love getting around Magento conferences in Europe and the US and having talks, just speaking to people, doing some trainings, stuff like that.
How and when did you first get involved with Magento?
Oh wow, that was in 2008. Magento came out in 2008 and I was an employee at an agency then. My boss came up to me and told me there is a new shiny eCommerce framework named Magento and I should try it out and do a first small project with it. I did that, and I liked it. It was so much better, from a developer point of view, then everything which existed up to that point. I stuck with it and I decided to become self-employed as a freelancer with Magento, and only Magento, and it was one of the best decisions of my life.
What made you decide to contribute to the Magento Community?
That must have been in 2010, I think. I was invited to one of the first hackathons of Magento, about Magento, at the German North Sea coast. I met like 20 people there, all developers, and we started developing an open source module and it became quite popular in the German market. We received a lot of positive feedback. I think that was the start. From then on, I knew some people, I went to the conferences, I decided to do some talks, and move forward and just do what I like to do with Magento—developing stuff on the one hand, and talking about stuff on the other hand, and it turned out rather well.
How has the Magento Community impacted you?
On a personal level, it has had a really big impact to me. I grew a lot especially by doing things I wouldn’t normally do like approaching people, going up to the stage and talking about stuff. Usually, I’m more the introvert type of person and taking that extra step and doing those things really helped me develop. On a professional level, well it’s my main marketing strategy. People know me because of that, and people approach me and ask about projects and if we can work together. So, it has been a really important step up in my life.
What’s been your favorite Magento event to attend or organize?
That’s kind of difficult to answer because I’ve been to a few dozen events in the last ten years. I think my favorite events to attend have been the Magento Developers Paradises. Quite a few years ago they have taken place on some Spanish islands like Majorca and Ibiza. It was a perfect combination of leisure on the one hand and professional stuff like having talks and meeting up with people and contributing together on the other hand. From the organizer’s point of view, I like our annual local meetups at the Christmas markets in our city in Aachen. We do that once a year and it’s always a really nice thing. We don’t have any speeches then, it’s only about networking and communicating—talking about Magento. I really love organizing them and of course taking part in them.
What’s one thing the Magento community may not know about you?
I think I have been quite open in the last years so there’s not many things unknown about me. I think what I could name here is that I love to play games—board games, card games, on the one hand—not the Las Vegas types of games, not like gambling—but more like strategy games and so, and computer games. I like to play strategy games like Civilization or role-playing games like [?}.
What is one piece of advice that you live by, and would like to pass on to other developers?
About Andreas von Studnitz
Andreas is a Magento developer since 2008 and co-founder of integer_net, a Magento agency in Aachen, Germany. He still focusses on development in his day-to-day work, giving Magento 2 development trainings now and then as well as doing consulting. As an active member of the Magento community in and around Germany, he loves traveling and visiting Magento events with the goal to meet interesting people and share some knowledge. Andreas enjoys spending time with his family, playing games, cycling, and reading.
Andreas was selected as a Magento Master for 2019 based on his 2018 contributions on GitHub, organizing Magento Stammtisch Aachen, educating the community through writing on the integer_net blog, and extensive speaking engagements on dependency injection and code quality with Magento 2.