Magento Masters Spotlight: Anna Völkl 2018

September 12, 2018

By: Sherrie Rohde,

Community Manager

, Magento

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 Anna Völkl a Lead Developer at E-CONOMIX GmbH.

Anna was selected as a Magento Master for 2018 based on her 2017 contributions through co-organizing Magento Meetup Austria, educating the community on Magento platform security through speaking engagements, contributing on Github to both Magento and DevDocs, serving as a GitHub Maintainer, co-organizing MageStackDay and consistently helping others in the community on Magento StackExchangeand the Magento Forums.

Who Are You and What Is Your Role?

Okay. So my name is Anna Völkl. I'm from Austria. I'm a Magento developer. I've been working with Magento for the last eight years. Actually, I've been developing with PHP before [that]. I think I started in 2004, so I've been around the PHP world for a while and also around the Magento world for a while. Yeah. I work for a Magento agency, E-CONOMIX in Austria. Currently, I'm on maternity leave, so, yeah. I'll be back in, at latest, a year.

How and When Did You First Get Involved With Magento?

Okay. So, that was in 2007 when I joined LimeSoda as a web developer, and they've been working on other Magento shops before, and this is more or less how I accidentally got in touch with Magento because they knew already Magento a bit. And I also created my first Magento shop there. It was a children's e-book store, yeah. It was actually pretty fancy, but it's unfortunately not online anymore.

What Made You Decide to Contribute to The Magento Community?

So, when I started with Magento, it was a really hard time because it was such a huge framework and sometimes I felt a bit lost. And there were others, like Vinai [Kopp] or Alan Storm and also all the Magento forums where we were able to find solutions. And it took me about, I don't know, a year or two until I was confident enough to contribute myself and answer questions. So, this is a way for me of giving back to the Magento Community.

What Made You Decide to Contribute to The Magento Community?

I've met a lot of great people in the Magento Community. And they're all very clever and talented and just makes me even more motivated to be even better, every day.

What Is One Piece of Advice You Live by And Would Like To Pass On To Other Developers?

Actually, I think it's really interesting if people share what they have learned. So, this is also what I do. I try to share online what I...where I had problems in the past, and give solutions to this, and if also other developers would do this, I think that's a great source for everyone.

Do You Have A Tip for Merchants and Developers To Maximize Partnership?

Well, so, a merchant has another perspective of a Magento store than we have as developers. So, I, as a developer, want to do the best, fanciest, most up-to-date Magento store, of course, running on the latest software version. This might not be what the merchant really cares about, right? They care about the store that sells fine, but they don't care about the technology. So, as a merchant, you somehow maybe need to understand the technical side a bit, and as a developer, I guess you need to understand the merchant side of view a bit. So, yeah.

What Does Being a Magento Master Mean to You?

I felt very honored to be awarded as a Magento Master for the first time. It was even more exciting for the second and third time this year. So, I feel like, we as Magento Masters have...we're kind of role models and maybe introduce others into the Magento Community and help them, welcome them. Just being people that others, maybe new ones, want to stick around with and learn from them.

Connect with Anna on Twitter and the Magento Forums!