Death Knell for Magento 2?
5th March 12 Comments
Last night, Dimitri Gatowski, Director technology at nextcommerce and someone who has been dealing with Enterprise-scale Magento solutions from the early days, has summed up what in his opinion has happened since Magento got fully acquired by eBay about nine months ago. Beside other issues, his post deals with the question: What will the future of Magento 2 be?
Let’s recap: When Magento hit the scene in 2008, it was nothing short of a revelation: OpenSource ecommerce was dominated by obsolete spaghetti code monsters. A modern system with a clever architecture, making it possible to build great online stores with, was long overdue. Today, there have been more than 5 million downloads of the software, and there are more than 5,000 third party apps which can be used to tailor the Magento software to individual needs.
Allegedly though, Magento has not been a big financial success, which seems to have been the reason why only after two respectively after three years, Magento has looked for an exit and got acquired by eBay. A modern ecommerce system which overthrew the whole market in no time getting in bed with the ecommerce dinosaur, how does this go together? – This was the question that circled through the community at the time.
Magento respectively eBay had two answers for them. One was X.commerce, a framework that allows interconnecting ecommerce service providers, the other was Magento 2, the sequel to the successful software that should improve a lot of things especially developers had been complaining about. Together with the announcement that work was started regarding the new Magento version, the company also claimed to be transparent throughout the development process. Which, as Gatowski states, has not been the case yet:
I would say that there could be some more transparency than that! At least we still have GitHub: https://github.com/magento/magento2. Unfortunately, the development is not based on GitHub, there are only a couple of merges into GitHub. The last one was a couple of days ago, the commit before that was in the end of December 2011!
In fact, this is the reason why I’m writing this post. I’ve looked into the GitHub project about 4 or 5 days ago and until then the last commit was still from 2011 which concerned me a lot!
Also, other facts from his post suggest: Magento 2 is dead. The fact that eBay/Magento have yet failed to provide access details to enable external developers to see and judge the status of Magento 2 is not a coincidence – as if a company of that size did not know how to communicate credentials for development tracking systems such as Jira and Crucible! In my opinion, what will happen in the mid term is that improvements that were planned for Magento 2 will be turned into extra modules and additions for the “usual” Magento 1.x series. Thus, maybe we will see Magento reach the 2 version number, however, not in the context of a transparent, user-particpation model, but rather the usual, core-team led evolutionary process we have been seeing in the past years.
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