May 30, 2015 — WP-CLI
Tom explains what WP CLI is, introduces three useful commands you can use, and explains how to find out more.
Catering for WordPress
This talk is a whistle stop tour of how WordPress was used to create an intranet for businesses in the restaurant / catering industry. Some of the features include help plan and budget dishes and menus, work out costings for bulk recipes down to individual portions and include other factors such as VAT and a variable gross profit.
Custom Post Type Meta
Over the course of many WordPress site builds, Mark found a constant problem when dealing with custom post types: he wanted to add meta data to a post type like you do a post. In this talk Mark gives a brief overview of why he needed to be able to do this and how he went about it, building a plugin to provide this functionality.
Cleaner Themes and Plugins
Miles talks about creating cleaner themes and plugins, moving towards using mvc in plugin and theme creation.
John talks about why you should treat debugging as a key skill that you should practice and become proficient at. He’ll show you a few tools and processes for modern and efficient debugging of the front end and the back end.
May 24, 2015 — A discussion on how (and why) to ensure that your plugins are safe and conflict free.
March 20, 2015 — Start making small changes now. Automated testing, refactoring, documentation, design, style guides—even a little bit will have immediate returns. By paying off your small debts, you’ll find that you have the resources to begin tackling your larger debts. Let’s get started today, identifying the low-hanging fruit to get your technical debt snowball rolling.
January 28, 2015 — Good vs Bad code isn’t a subjective opinion. It can be measured, tested, quantified, and plotted on a chart.
Tom takes the opinion out of code quality and provide tools to spot and prevent bad code from ever being written. He goes through tools you can install to check for errors, and catch accidental errors.
Tom shows us tools and techniques to prevent bad code by quantifying code’s qualities.
November 11, 2014 — Heard about Sass but don’t know what the fuss is about? Think you can’t use it with WordPress? Think again! This session will go through the highlights of using Sass, its awesome features (and things to watch out for), and how to integrate it into your WordPress theming workflow.
November 3, 2014 — Lightning Talk:
Web accessibility isn’t a collection of check boxes; it’s a way of thinking about web development. This talk outlines development habits for building WordPress sites that provide a consistent and reliable experience for everyone.
November 3, 2014 — During a decade spent as a professional musician, Helen discovered web development and then WordPress, and made a primary career switch. While on the surface they sound incongruous, Helen believes that skills she learned and honed as a classical pianist have translated directly to becoming a leader in open source software development. Join Helen as she takes a look at those skills and celebrate alternative paths into WordPress.