August 27, 2019 — The web has a dirty secret — its carbon footprint is larger than that of global air travel. The immense energy consumed by the Internet from non-renewable sources makes it the largest coal-fired machine on earth. Mozilla’s 2018 Internet Health Report highlighted this growing problem and stated that sustainability should be a bigger priority for the industry. Jack will provide practical steps to reduce the environmental impact of our work and promote a better future.
April 18, 2019 — The web has a dirty secret. Its carbon footprint is larger than that of global air travel. And the immense energy consumed by the Internet from non-renewable sources makes it the largest coal-fired machine on earth. For the first time, Mozilla’s 2018 Internet Health Report highlighted this growing problem, and stated that sustainability should be a bigger priority for the industry. This talk is about the practical steps that those in the WordPress community can take to reduce the environmental impact of their work and promote a better future.
January 30, 2017 — For almost a year, WordPress has had a REST API. The gradual merge began with WordPress 4.4, released on 8 December 2015. This development makes it easier than ever before for developers working on mobile devices, gaming consoles and many other platforms to work with WordPress websites.
This talk is an introduction to what the REST API is, how it works, and how you can start working with it today in your plugins and themes.
September 30, 2016 — Since the first release of WordPress in 2003, a lot of things have changed. Perhaps the most directly significant change has occurred within the main language in which WordPress is written – PHP. The developments that PHP has gone through since 2003 would make it unrecognisable to many of those who worked with it back then. In 2004, PHP 5 introduced the beginning of proper support for object-oriented programming. The subsequent releases have added many new features to the language, and WordPress has steadily moved along with these developments.
WordPress today is like a living museum of different ways of writing PHP. This means that it can be difficult to understand the best way of writing code for your plugins, themes and extensions. Nevertheless, a “best practice” approach has emerged. It can sometimes be difficult to understand where this approach comes from, and the best way to apply it to your own projects.
In this talk, Jack will do his best to introduce you to the key principles within PHP that drive both the development of WordPress core, and many of the most widely used and well-regarded plugins.
April 12, 2016 — Version 4.5 of WordPress, named “Coleman” in honor of jazz saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, is available for download or update in your WordPress dashboard. New features in 4.5 help streamline your workflow, whether you’re writing or building your site.
December 4, 2015 — With the REST API shortly due to be merged into WordPress core, this will be a talk/workshop about advanced theming techniques that allow theme developers to utilise it. The session will take the shape of a background to the WP REST API and how it works, and an exploration of building themes that mix best practice, current theming techniques with pioneering theming techniques of the future.
July 14, 2015 — This presentation gives a basic overview of what can you do with the WP REST API, even without knowing any PHP and offers theme developers a few reasons for why they may want to look into building themes that use the WP REST API.