January 25, 2018
2017 was our second year of our new top contributor program: 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 Raphael Petrini, Web Entrepreneur at Digital Pianism:
My name is Raphael Petrini. I live in Lyon in France. I’m 28 and I’m a Magento Developer.
How and when did you first get involved with Magento?
In 2010, I graduated from a French university. After that, I got a job as an intern at a French web agency and they wanted to try this new software they had never used—and it was called Magento. I was the first one to test it and try to install it.
What made you decide to contribute to the Magento Community?
Since I started using Magento, I’ve looked a lot on StackOverflow and then Magento StackExchange for answers to my problems and issues. I was looking for help without even asking a question. I was just viewing the answers without even trying to contribute for real. Last year I decided that after all these years being just a passive developer, I should be giving back what the community gave me over the years by contributing. I started asking questions because I was learning Magento 2 at the time so there was a lot of stuff that I didn’t know about. I started asking questions and answering a lot of Magento 1 questions, too.
How has the Magento Community impacted you?
The Magento Community helped me become a better developer. I learned a lot of stuff from the community, especially, as I said, in Magento StackExchange. Also, as a single developer working on my own, it gave me a good social aspect—relationships, even if it’s via social networks, Slack, or the Internet globally. It’s good when you’re working on your own that you still have contacts with the rest of the world. Finally, thanks to the Magento Community, I became the President of the French association of Magento developers which is called OpenGento. Now I’m in the process of starting an event in France that would be dedicated to Magento developers.
What is your most memorable career experience?
In 2011, I left France to Australia to finish my studies. After I finished it, I got a job as a Magento Developer in Australia, so I worked there for a year or so. When I came back to France, I still kept them as my clients, so right now in 2018, I’m still working with them on a daily basis. Thanks to all the projects they gave me, and all the help I got from the developer working over there, I learned a lot of stuff. That’s definitely one of the best decisions I made in my life.
What might the Magento community not know about you?
One thing the community might not know about me is that I love to play the piano. Of course, I like listening to music, and I’m playing around a lot with my audio system, but what I also really like to do is play the piano. I’ve learned it for 25 years, and I’ve had my breaks in between of course—life gets in the way, but every time I go back to the piano, it’s just great fun for me.
What is one piece of advice you would give other developers?
I’ve got a sentence tattooed on my back which is, “Tomorrow is another day.” I think whether personally or professionally, one needs to look forward and don’t focus on bad experiences from the past. By setting up goals in the future, and step by step doing what’s needed to achieve them, it makes you a better person.
Web Entrepreneur, Digital Pianism
Raphael started working with Magento right after university in 2010. Until 2016, he’s been a passive developer, doing his job without worrying too much about what was going on in the Magento community. Last February, Raphael decided to give back what the community gave him through six years of Magento development and he started being active on Magento StackExchange, asking and answering questions. On top of that, the release of Magento 2 was a starting point for Raphael as one of his goals in 2016 was to learn Magento 2 and try to better understand its mechanisms.
Raphael was selected as a Magento Master for 2017 based on his 2016 contributions to Magento 2 on Github, consistently helping others on Magento StackExchange as they troubleshoot and innovate on both the Magento 1 and Magento 2 platforms, and quickly consolidating community resources for others to find and apply.