Todd Menier

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Introducing Premium Search

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April 29th, 2019|Development|

Premium Search is the next evolution in search technology offered by the OrderCloud™ platform, powered by Elasticsearch. Here is an example of Premium Search on What are the advantages? Performance. For large data sets in particular, the observable speed and responsiveness of end-user apps is significant.Better search results. Out of the box you’ll get [...]

XP Best Practices

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September 14th, 2016|Development|

This is not intended to be an introductory post. It’s less about learning something you don’t know and more about un-learning something you think you know. Let’s start with a pop quiz. What is XP? An operating system recommended by 4 out of 5 developers. An arbitrary JSON object that can be attached to [...]

The Rules Engine Has Arrived, and It’ll Do for Behavior What XP Did for Data

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August 18th, 2016|Development|

The Platform Team is excited to announce the release of our shiny new rules engine, with its first application being to power order approval workflows. What's a rules engine? Simply put, it's a system that executes rules. what's a rule? In its simplest form, it's an if-then statement that is provided from the outside, [...]

4 Reasons You Should Stop Using PUT For Updates

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August 18th, 2016|Development|

Here’s a question we hear often: To update an existing resource, when should I use PUT and when should I use PATCH? TL;DR Always use PATCH. PATCH has several distinct advantages over PUT when it comes to updating things: PUT requires sending the entire object, hence a larger payload over the network. With PATCH, if [...]

Platform Flexibility Over Features

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July 17th, 2016|Big Thoughts|

“That’s an integration concern.” It’s a phrase I utter often when new platform features are suggested. Although I try not to utter it on days I need to leave early. Some might question my motives. When I think about Four51’s transformation to an API-first platform company, I’m often reminded of why we embarked on this [...]

How To Create Rules-Based Promotions In Your eCommerce App

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June 26th, 2016|Development|

Last month when we unveiled our new approach to approval rules, I mentioned we were mulling over additional platform features that could leverage the underlying rules engine. Well, the next one has arrived: Promotions. Every savvy online shopper is familiar with coupon codes. (I confess I rarely buy anything without searching for one.) Promotions are [...]

When Choosing a Platform, Look Beyond eCommerce Feature Lists

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May 31st, 2016|Big Thoughts|

You’re in the market for a new eCommerce platform. Either you’re making the leap for the first time, or your existing platform isn’t cutting it anymore. You have your options narrowed down to three: a SaaS product, an open source product with enterprise-level support, and a headless API with rapid development and deployment tools (let’s [...]

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