Contributor interview: Martin Fojtik
Discover the faces behind the commits.
An Open Source community is more than just PR made by faceless strangers. In order to better understand the people who contribute time and skills to the PrestaShop project, we’re launching a series of interviews with contributors of all ranges. This week, meet Martin Fojtik!
Hi Martin! How did you get involved in PrestaShop development?
I’ve been working as a freelancer for the past 6 years.
My first paid project was an e-shop for a friend, which I created using PrestaShop. I knew very little about CSS and HTML at that time. I still remember that feeling I had when I first saw the product.tpl file in PrestaShop 1.4! It was difficult to work with the default template at the time, but I managed to create a very good e-shop.
What motivates you to contribute to the PrestaShop project?
I have two main reasons why I sometimes contribute to the Open Source project.
After six years working as a programmer, I used a huge amount of free and useful materials (modules, tutorials, etc.), so I would like to create something useful for others.
The other reason is that I like programming. I think creating a pull request or fixing the bug is a great way to better understand PrestaShop and learn new things as well.
What contribution are the most proud of so far?
I would not say that I am somehow proud of my contributions. But for example, the PR which improves the accessibility of frontend can be helpful to people with disabilities, and I like that.
Note from PS: we’re planning on improving default a11y this year, and this PR will be part of it!
Do you have any advice for first-time PrestaShop contributors?
I don’t know what I would advise. I just think that even a small pull request or reporting a bug on the Forge can help other users and the community.
Could you tell us a bit about e-commerce in your country, and how PrestaShop is used there?
I didn’t check statistics, but from my personal experience, PrestaShop is the most used open source e-commerce system in the Czech Republic. I saw many e-shops selling a wide range of goods from healthy nutrition to electronics devices. As for details, the majority of e-shops prefer one-page checkout more than five-step ordering; and the “quick view” feature is almost never used.
Thanks you Martin, we hope to see you soon in our Core Weekly reports! :)