The Declarative Approach for Database Schema Upgrades in Magento 2

Douglas Radburn


Covering the good, the bad and the ugly of how Magento has previously tackled Database schema updates throughout Magento1 and Magento2. This talk aims to provide an overview to a new approach which will be delivered in Magento 2.3.  Declarative database schema updates (architected in XML) allow for easier to follow database definitions, and better collaboration between teams.

About Douglas

Douglas has been working with the Magento platform since its early beta, and in a professional capacity since 2011 with a background in bespoke PHP solutions since university. A commercially focused Magento developer with experience architecting a number of highly complex implementations for a range of client verticals.  He also organises MagentoLeeds and MagentoYork user groups – helping local developers and merchants find a common space to feed healthy discussion.

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