February 6, 2018
Last week we announced the 2018 Magento Masters. Many of you ask what it takes to be a Magento Master, so we figured it would be great to continue to spotlight our Magento Masters and let you get to know them and why they decided to get involved and contribute within the Magento Community.
Let's get to know Gabriel Guarino, Founder at Simplific:
My name is Gabriel Guarino. I’m a Magento Certified Developer and Specialist from Argentina. I am the Founder of Simplific, an agency fully dedicated to Magento.
How and when did you first get involved with Magento?
I first got involved with Magento in 2009. At that point, I already had almost five years of experience working on all kinds of projects and implementing almost every single platform for clients, but that was the first time a client requested an eCommerce website and it was an entrepreneur who wanted to sell his products online. It was as simple as that. I remember that I was really persistent with this person. I called the person almost ten times in ten months. Almost every single month he was receiving a call from me asking if he made the decision to move forward with the website. That was a lesson for me. I was very young and I learned that you have to be persistent and at the same time you have to be convinced of what you offer. I never changed the plan for the client in those ten months. It was a Magento webstore option, that was what I offered to the client. For ten months, I kept the plan in place for the client. When he decided to move forward, I was really happy. That was my first Magento webstore.
What made you decide to contribute to the Magento Community?
The decision of contributing to the Magento community was directly related to my personal experience in the first seven years as part of the community. When I look back on those years, every time I had to implement a new feature or learn something new about Magento 1 there was an article or sample code from a community member. I remember I was really grateful about that and it was essential to continue learning and growing as a Magento Specialist. I learned by example and I try to lead by example in the community by contributing now with the knowledge I already have, trying to inspire others to do the same in the future.
How has the Magento Community impacted you?
The Magento community had a huge impact on me. It changed the way I see technology in general. Where you take a look for example at 2016 and you see the number of articles, pull requests, presentations all over the world, and all the other activities from the Magento community. In addition to that, you can see all the times that the Magento team has requested feedback from the community and how they work closely with the community when they develop the next features. You can see the real progress that we made together, and the things that we can accomplish when we work together as a group. So I’m excited about what is coming next, what we can plan, and what we can accomplish together with the Magento team and the community.
What is one piece of advice you would give other developers?
One piece of advice I’d like to give to developers that has been essential in my career as a Magento Specialist is every time you want to implement a new module or a new feature in Magento—the first place you have to review is the Magento codebase. There you will find the best practices, the code references. Almost every single Magento concept implemented in the different modules, you will follow with your module. When I started working with Magento 1, I’ve seen a lot of developers having problems because if they didn’t find an article describing how to do something, they didn’t know what to do. So I learned that you have to investigate thoroughly the codebase and then you will learn how to do the things you want to do. That’s the best piece of advice I can give you.
If you could ask anyone at Magento a question, who would it be? What would you ask?
There is one question I would like to ask to Sherrie Rohde and Ben Marks, and that question is “How has the Magento community impacted you?” It was the most important question for me to answer today. It’s great to see that every single Magento community member has something valuable to give to the community. Seeing as you have been in touch with Meet Magento community members from all of the world, I would like to know how has that impacted you.
Gabriel is a Magento specialist from Argentina that has been completely dedicated to Magento since 2009. He is the founder of Simplific, an eCommerce development company based in Argentina that specializes in Magento development and integrations. He started working with Magento 2 as soon as it was released and used his personal journey mastering Magento 2 as an example to help others in the community. He is the author of "Magento 2 Beginners Guide" and delivered presentations about Magento 2 for developers.
Gabriel was selected as a Magento Master for 2018 based on his 2017 contributions of helping other developers learn how to take Magento 1 knowledge and apply it to Magento 2 and how to become better Magento specialists through speaking engagements as well as both moderating and consistently helping others on the Magento Forums, and writing the Magento 2 Beginners Guide.