January 7, 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 Magento Developer Vijay Golani.
Who are you, and what is your role?
I’m Vijay Golani and I’ve worked with Wagento for the last five years. I started as a programmer and then now I’m leading as VP of Development, I’m leading the development offices in different countries. And I work for Magento U also as a trainer, so I give the training once a month in different countries. So my job is dual like Wagento plus Magento.
How and when did you first get involved with Magento?
Ten years back, in 2009, I did my computer engineering. Then after I was searching for a job. I worked the first job as a Magento trainee in one of the companies. From then I have never worked any other technology, just Magento, since the last ten years.
What made you decide to contribute to the Magento Community?
When I started and I learned a little bit about Magento, then I thought that I should make a blog of the information so that other people also can have that information. Plus, Magento is an open-source ecosystem also, so as a company, and as users, we also give back with Magento. That’s why I started the contribution day and contributing to Magento’s core code also to help mage Magento better.
How has the Magento Community impacted you?
Professionally, that’s my career. This is how my life is going on, because of Magento. Plus, my English is not good but communicating with the Magento community and other people improves my communication also. Another thing is I traveled to ten plus countries. All these things are helpful for me and my career.
What’s been your favorite Magento event to attend or organize?
Magento Imagine is my favorite event to attend because I see the maximum number of people. I attended lots of different community events. More than 3,000 people only at Magento Imagine. You can talk with the SI, you can talk with the merchants, some technology partners. You can get information, and there are lots of information like technical tracks, business tracks, you can see the labs now—this year they introduced. So, this is how I like to attend Magento Imagine. I’m organizing all the Meet Magento Indias for the last two years. I would like to continue that event again, organizing. In India there is no other Magento event and there are lots of Magento programmers. I would like to make one platform for the Indian developers so they can attend one event and know about what is happening in the Magento world. Magento is also sending us speakers there so it is good for them to directly interact with Magento’s core people. Another thing is, as contributing, I am organizing Contribution Day India also since the last two years with ten or eleven cities. I would like to continue with that also every year.
What’s one thing the Magento community may not know about you?
I’m traveling a lot in the different countries for Magento plus Wagento. Whenever I’m at home I try to spend at least one hour with my daughter playing some different games because I’m traveling. This is something I want to share with the Magento community.
What is one piece of advice that you live by, and would like to pass on to other developers?
If they are a programmer, then I would suggest that Magento DevDocs is a really helpful guide, if you want to start with that. Magento has some trainings and other stuff also, so go with that. If you are an experienced programmer, focus on the quality of the code because the quality impacts not only you and your project but it directly impacts Magento also. The peoples’ feeling about Magento is also impacted. Always focus on the code quality, one I suggest. Once you are experienced, give back to the Magento community. Do a contribution, attend some events, and talk with the people.
About Vijay Golani
VP of Development and Magento U Trainer, Wagento
Vijay is a VP of Development at Wagento and Magento U Trainer. Vijay’s career as a Magento Developer started with Magento Commerce in 2009. During the initial years, he gained experience in different skills like Magento customization, extension development/integration, API integration, and Magento performance. He extensively focuses on code quality. Vijay is one of worldwide developer trainers for Magento U and regularly travels to and speaks at Magento events. When not working, Vijay enjoys his family, watching the cricket match and running.
Vijay was selected as a Magento Master for 2019 based on his 2018 contributions on GitHub, organizing Meet Magento India, Distributed Magento Contribution Day India, and Ahmedabad Magento Meetup, as well as his contributions to help form the initial Magento Association.