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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.

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 Primer: Getting Stuff Done with Magento 2

Written by Alan Kent and available for Kindle only this book provides a general introduction into to Magento 2 Digital Commerce covernig off the aheitectural differences and advantages that Magento 2 brings to the table whilst introducing 

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Magento 2: Theme Web Page Assets: Getting Stuff Done with Magento 2

Written by Alan Kent and available for Kindle only this book provides a brief overview into the Magento 2 platform specifically covering areas such as layout.xml and template best practices however it does not cover some more advanced technologies included in Magento 2 such as Knockout.js templates.

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Learning Magento 2 Administration

Written by Bret Williams & Cyndi Williams and published in May 2016 this book is aimed at users that will be administering a Magento 2 website and can be used to supplement the online Magento 2 user guides that are available. Topics covered in this book include setting up new features in Magento 2, setting up shipping methods, working with payment methods and adding customer groups.

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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

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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