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Updated: This article was last updated on the 31st January 2018

Since the announcement of Magento 2 in November 2015 we've been on a journey of discovery; getting to grips with the new platform, adjusting our tooling and completing our Magento 2 trained partner status. In addition to this, we've been delivering some awesome projects for clients and are well underway with our first Magento 2 build; which, as you can imagine, has been keeping us rather busy.

The following article shares a series of books that we believe are a must read for every Magento 2 developer, helping you stay ahead of the curve, in one of the fastest-moving industries in the world.

PHP Objects, Patterns, and Pracice:

At PHP level Magento 2 introduces several new 'Design Patterns' which are repetable code solutions to solve common occouring problems.

If you're coming to Magento 2 from Magento 1 or are starting to learn Magento 2 for the first time this book helps to lay the foundations of what is to come and introduce you to some of the new design patterns used in Magento 2 such as the Decorator Pattern, Proxy Pattern and Strategy pattern to name but a few.


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Mastering Magento 2 - Second Edition:

Written by Bret Williams and Jonathan Bownds and published in June 2016 the book provides a thorough overview of the Magento 2 platform and covers areas such as customising themes, creating modules and provides a go-live checklist for your first Magento 2 launch.

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Magento 2 Developers Guide:

Written by Banrko Ajzele and published in December 2015 this book provides a great overview into the Magento 2 platform and provides sufficient orientation for a Magento 1 developer who is first approaching the platform.

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Magento 2 Cookbook

Written by Ray Bogman & Vladimir Kerkhoff and published in March 2016 this book is aimed at developers who want to get their hands dirty writing Magento 2 code. The book walks you through some applied examples of creating themes and extensions.

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Rounding up

Magento 2 is a platform undergoing constant development. As the platform matures over the next few quarters I would expect to see future editions of these books published. 

In the meantime, you can stay up-to-date with the latest Magento 2 developments in the following places:

Magento 2 Developer Documentation
Magento 2 GitHub Project
Magento University


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About the author

Ian Cassidy
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As the head of the department Ian is responsible for ensuring client projects are planned to meet your requirements, architected and delivered to the highest standards. Ian has been working with Magento since its first release in 2007. During that time he has helped countless businesses transition to the platform and is well versed when it comes to the technical challenges faced with large scale commerce applications.

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