September 4, 2016 — In this session, I’ll demonstrate how I pushed my limits in WordPress development by building a custom WordPress slider for a client website. I hope you will be inspired to take on challenging projects even though you might not know the outcome. In this project, I realized that advanced client specs aren’t indomitable; they are catalysts in pushing skills as a person and developer.
August 24, 2016 — “Presentation about modern front-end development techniques.
With websites growing in complexity we have an increasing need for better tools to help build, test, and monitor our code. Everything from build scripts to monitoring and device testing are now important parts of the front-end developer’s job. After this presentation your front-end muscles increased by 31%.”
August 18, 2016 — What I’ve learned, as a developer, about interacting and empathizing with those poor non-developers who have given me money for code I have written and now expect me to help them, teach them, and respect them despite their absurd questions with obvious answers.
August 2, 2016 — Prior to starting a full time job, John had an idea for a website that would earn a little money…and require zero day-to-day interaction to run smoothly. In his presentation, John will share the requirements he wanted to meet, how he went about building the site primarily through off-the-shelf plugins, and lessons he learned along the way. If you’re interested in finding out how to build a site that consistently brings in extra cash without having to put in daily work, this presentation will give you an idea on how to get started.
July 28, 2016 — In this talk I will go over all the past, present and future debugging techniques. The talk start by giving an overview on PHP’s (ancient) standard features for debugging, additional (userland) libraries and functionality in frameworks.
After the introductions we move on to the meatier stuff and I will talk about live-action debuggers, such as Xdebug and PHP Storm.
For the future, I will be talking about a project that allows you to “step back” while debugging as well; introspect what your script’s or application’s exact execution paths was; and trace variable modifications.
June 30, 2016 — How accessible is WordPress now, which improvements were made in the last years and what still needs to be done? Where can you find help and documentation to improve your code? What are the new Accessibility Standards, added to the WordPress Coding Standards? And as a bonus: 3 quick tips, to easily improve the accessibility of your theme or plugin.
June 30, 2016 — WordPress search is notoriously lacking. Why? MySQL is not search optimized. Elasticsearch is a scalable database that when coupled with WordPress produces extremely powerful results. This talk will cover what Elasticsearch is, why it’s important, and integrating it with a WordPress website using a 10up open source plugin called ElasticPress. ElasticPress has become increasingly popular in the WordPress community even being leveraged by popular hosting companies such as WP Engine.
June 30, 2016 — Andrew Nacin is a Lead Developer of WordPress. He’s led major releases, mentored contributors, and spearheaded new development. He has strong feelings about the core philosophies of WordPress, among them “decisions, not options” — software should be opinionated in lieu of burdening the user with too many options.