March 19, 2020 — How much time do you spend reading code versus writing code? The answer may surprise you…
Most of a developer’s time is actually *not* spent writing code, yet _how_ we write code – and the decisions we make throughout the process – are paramount in the development process. Give me just 30 minutes and I’ll show you how writing code slowly and intentionally actually made me faster and more profitable. Better yet, I can teach you how to do the same.
What we’ll cover:
– Developer mindset and solving problems
– What makes formatting so important
– Adopting and following standards
– How and why to write expressive code
– Building better functions
– Leveraging comments, and writing them better
– The power and benefits of incremental improvement
– Getting faster by moving slower
This presentation is for anyone who aspires to write clean, functional code. Whether you’re just getting started, or you’ve been programming for years, you’ll leave better equipped and inspired to write beautiful & useful code than when you entered.
Working in code should be a delightful experience, so let me help you make it pleasant and enjoyable!
March 29, 2019 — A couple months ago, the Metro Detroit WordPress Meetup held a session, led by RJ Mey, where he introduced us to Gutenberg and talked about the benefits and considerations that WordPress developers may need to consider with the upcoming release. The talk turned into a VERY lively Q&A session, so we decided to bring that conversation right into WordCamp Detroit.
This Gutenpanel, moderated by RJ Mey, will tackle some of the questions people have been asking about Gutenberg. We will have several developers who have experience with Gutenberg ready and able to answer your Gutenquestions!
This session is part 3 of our 3-part Gutenberg track. Check out session 1: Introduction to Gutenberg Development and session 2: How to Build Your First Gutenberg Block
March 29, 2019 — Are you wondering what all the Gutenberg fuss is about? Interested in finding out what it takes to make a Gutenberg block? Do you like the keep up-to-date on the latest WordPress developments? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this session is for you! Brian Richards and Kellen Mace have teamed up show you the ropes on how to get on the Gutenberg bandwagon.
This session is part 1 of our 3-part Gutenberg track. Check out session 2: How to Build Your First Gutenberg Block and session 3: GutenPanel
January 23, 2019 — Just prior to WordCamp US 2017 I had the fun idea of creating an interactive bingo board for all of the fun and unique things that we regularly observe within our community. I was able to knock together the original concept after just a couple of hours thanks to utility provided by View and tailwind. Later I connected it to WordPress via the rest API so that I could more easily manage each of the squares available in the data set.
Here’s the specific list of the things you can expect to learn during this presentation:
* Why I chose Vue instead of React for this particular project
* Some of the neat things that Vue provides to us as developers (Vue.js 101)
* How to utilize local storage for resilience against connectivity issues and unintended browser refreshes
* The benefits of utility-based CSS classes
* How to register custom rest API endpoints
* Handling API authentication without regular users
* How you too can totally disrupt the State of the Word address
January 22, 2019 — Creating Your Very First Gutenberg Block
December 15, 2016 — Let’s walk through a few common AJAX patterns and compare how they look and work using the WP REST API instead of custom admin-ajax hooks and functions.
Specifically, we’ll look at code samples for infinite scolling/load more buttons, look-ahead search, and interacting with a totally custom data set (custom post type and custom post meta).
Throughout the process we’ll talk about what you get for free from the REST API, what you have to build yourself, and review real, working code so that you can build smarter and faster solutions.
March 26, 2016 — Building websites with WordPress is fun, challenging, exciting. Building solutions that fundamentally alter a person’s behavior or the way of business for an entire network of museums? That’s nothing short of incredible.
Come and learn how WordPress helped transform an art museum, a library, and a national fitness center by awarding digital badges for real-world participation.
December 11, 2015 — It’s easy to look at where you are and where you want to be and think, “I’ll never get there” and plateau with your current skill set.
Maybe you’re a developer who is looking to level up their career. Maybe you’re someone who wants to break into a development career for the first time.
Wherever you’re at, I want to teach you the same methods I use every single day to keep my skills sharp and to keep myself connected to interesting and rewarding projects and relationships.