May 30, 2015 — A common refrain when building software is “think of the user first!” Let’s take a look at how we define our users, how that shapes what we build for them, and what that might mean for the holy grail of a core API.
November 15, 2014 — In the recent past, the WordPress developer community has been enlightened as to the dangers of query_posts() and embraced new WP_Query(). Now, let’s take a deeper dive into WP_Query and its helpers, WP_Tax_Query, WP_Meta_Query, and WP_Date_Query. From arguments to SQL to hooks, we take a look at how to get just the posts you want.
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.
October 20, 2014 — Get curious. WordPress 4.0 release lead Helen Hou-Sandí talks about how digging into core and following along in some capacity with what core is doing can help you get things done in more efficient ways, start thinking about how to learn more, as well as write continuously better code.
June 8, 2014 — Helen Hou-Sandi gives a great presentation on the benefits of being an active WordPress contributor, and how even small companies benefit from giving back.
August 11, 2013 — Over time, the WordPress admin has grown in complexity as the software itself has become more powerful and features have been added. Clients will always be best served by evaluating their specific workflow needs and custom tailoring the admin to fit. This presentation explores some case studies to give an overview of what they needed and what was done to give them their own WordPress-powered content publishing experience.