I have wasted my lot of time while developing on magento. its only because i was not following some basic things needed before you start development on magento. In my opinion if you follow these 4 tips you should be okay![break][/break]
1.) DISABLE CACHE : This is the first requirement before you start development on magento. I have seen many people struggling and wondering why their changes are not visible. I also read somewhere that on an average a new developer spends around 2 hours on magento platform wondering why his changes are not visible.
To disable cache
- Go to System > Cache Management
- Click on Select All(on left).
- Select disable from Action dropdown(on right).
- And Click on Submit.
2.) Enable Logging:
You might need this, as often which writing php code if you miss some braces or use a function which does not exist you will get error something like this:-