June 30, 2016 — During a decade spent as a professional musician, I discovered web development and then WordPress, and made a primary career switch. While on the surface they sound incongruous, I believe that skills I learned and honed as a classical pianist have translated directly to becoming a leader in open source software development. Join me as I take a look at those skills and celebrate alternative paths into WordPress.
June 29, 2016 — Have you wondered why certain features make it into WordPress and some don’t? Or why there are last minute changes in a release? There are many decisions, both large and small, that go into making WordPress. You’ll learn some of the philosophies behind the choices, hear real-world examples of how decisions play out, and learn how you can be a part of the process.
June 29, 2016 — WordPress is over twelve years old now. How does the software and the project as a whole continue to move forward, maintain relevance, push boundaries, and assert influence when it has to compete with much leaner, cooler, and more modern alternatives? I’ll attempt to answer these points in this presentation.
June 24, 2016 — The best and worst part about our chosen vocation is that there’s an endless amount of stuff to see, learn, and try and nowhere near enough time in which to do it. In an industry where “the new hotness” changes every week, what hope does a developer have of keeping up?
This talk focuses on the professional development of a professional developer. How do we continue to grow as professionals without getting totally overwhelmed with information? We’ll touch on the topics of stress, education, humility, and more.
May 14, 2016 — WordPress community – open-source development, ongoing discussion, meetings online and IRL make us perhaps the most cross-disciplined professionals in the field of web development. This talk is a look into cross-disciplinary habits and possibilities, it gives ideas how to better utilise them in business and personal professional development. This is definitely one of the huge advantages of WordPress community – discussion and conscious development of this trait is one of our success factors.
May 12, 2016 — Il est très rare que des projets WordPress débutent de manière similaire. Très souvent, on capitalise des connaissances, des bonnes pratiques et autres afin d’espérer faire mieux sur le projet suivant. Seulement, WordPress laisse énormément de libertés. Cela ne nous permet pas de contrôler notre dette technique convenablement ni même notre qualité logicielle.
Malheureusement, le code est régulièrement mis de côté pour tenter de pallier des contraintes de temps et d’argent tout en tentant l’excuse du pragmatisme.
Et si une approche orientée objet avec les méthodologies adéquates pouvaient résoudre une bonne partie de ces problèmes ?
Démarrons ensemble cette approche qui, tout en améliorant la stabilité, la lisibilité et l’évolutivité de notre code, va nous permettre d’industrialiser nos développements.
May 11, 2016 — In our ever complicated world, what do we REALLY need on our websites? Sometimes there are so many options, so many FREE options, that we may be tempted to add them ALL! But, is their a price to pay for loading your site down with possibly too many features? Are you or your client’s websites better off with LESS stuff? (less plugins & software???) Do your special features, for example, sliders, fade in and outs, animations, attract or distract from your website’s purpose? Is your website easy to navigate? Do you automate tasks and security when possible? These are some of the areas we will discuss in “Zen and the Art of WordPress”.
April 28, 2016 — Open source third party code can help you at every corner of the development process. In fact, many of the popular plugins and themes you use today leverage popular open source libraries for functionality, reporting, presentation, and more.
Learn about how you can use third party code to speed up development, reduce budgets, and meet deadlines faster. This presentation will be light on code, but geared towards beginning to intermediate developers who understand the underlying principles of writing code for WordPress.