Speakers: Micah Wood

  • Micah Wood: The WordPress Developer’s Guide to Caching

    Micah Wood: The WordPress Developer’s Guide to Caching

    WordCamp Asheville 2019Speaker: Micah Wood

    August 8, 2019 — Caching can be tricky business. Fundamentally, the concept is simple: storing a temporary copy of data so future requests can be served faster. In reality, there are a number of different types of caching. Certain types of caching can effect our code in different ways. Data changes and the cache has to be invalidated. What happens if a caching layer runs out of memory or goes down?
    This session will enlighten those new to caching as well as introduce some common misconceptions, pitfalls and strategies to caching in WordPress themes and plugins.
    Takeaways:

    What caching is
    What types of caching exist
    What developers should know about caching when developing on WordPress

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  • Micah Wood: WordPress Quality Standards

    Micah Wood: WordPress Quality Standards

    WordCamp Asheville 2019Speaker: Micah Wood

    August 6, 2019 — Clients want to work with quality WordPress developers. They want to know that they can get their project done on time, in budget, and that the solution is going to be effective.
    Project management aside, writing quality code is the key to delivering on all three of these expectations. If you write poor code, it is going to be harder to read and understand. As a result, it will take longer (and cost the client more money) to add new features. A lack of consistent quality also results in more bugs and a decreased effectiveness of the solution you are creating.
    WordPress has a set of coding standards that are designed to provide a consistent level of quality for those who are contributing code to WordPress. However, it just got a lot easier to apply those standards to your own projects. Whether you are creating a theme or writing a plugin, you can leverage an “automated code mentor” to help you provide consistent quality to your clients.
    Come learn how you can leverage the WordPress Coding Standards and automation to help you become a quality developer that clients can trust.
    Takeaways:

    What coding standards are
    Why you should care
    A simple way to get started today

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  • Micah Wood: Basic Principles of Software Architecture

    Micah Wood: Basic Principles of Software Architecture

    WordCamp Atlanta 2019Speaker: Micah Wood

    July 7, 2019 — Do you constantly feel like you are hacking code together? Do you find it difficult to maintain, adapt or even read code you’ve written previously? Chances are, you are not taking into consideration some of the basic principles of software architecture. Come learn how some simple habits and changes in perspective can transform you from a 1x developer to a 10x developer!

  • Micah Wood: Gutenberg - Leveraging the Block Editor

    Micah Wood: Gutenberg – Leveraging the Block Editor

    WordCamp Atlanta 2019Speaker: Micah Wood

    June 27, 2019 — The new WordPress block editing experience, code-named Gutenberg, was released the end of last year. At the time, some people chose to temporarily opt out of using the new editor. As the WordPress ecosystem introduces better and better integrations with the new editor, let’s take a closer look at what it looks like to use the block editor today.

    This session will be a live demo with opportunities for interactive Q&A during the presentation.

  • Micah Wood: Creating a Gutenberg Block

    Micah Wood: Creating a Gutenberg Block

    WordCamp Atlanta 2018Speaker: Micah Wood

    January 17, 2019 — WordPress’ new text editor is awesome, but many people are still trying to learn how create their own blocks in Gutenberg. While there is certainly more to creating your own blocks than writing a simple shortcode, there are also some significant benefits. We’ll cover the basics of creating a Gutenberg block, how to use Gutenberg to create predefined page layouts, and how to make your blocks dynamic on the front end of the site!

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  • Micah Wood: Basic Principles of Software Architecture

    Micah Wood: Basic Principles of Software Architecture

    WordCamp Asheville 2018Speaker: Micah Wood

    January 9, 2019 — Do you constantly feel like you are hacking code together? Do you find it difficult to maintain, adapt or even read code you’ve written previously? Chances are, you are not taking into consideration some of the basic principles of software architecture. Come learn how some simple habits and changes in perspective can transform you from a 1x developer to a 10x developer!

    Takeaways:

    How to keep your code simple and straightforward
    How to reduce bugs in your code
    How to become a more productive developer

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  • Micah Wood: Getting Started with JavaScript

    Micah Wood: Getting Started with JavaScript

    WordCamp Atlanta 2017Speaker: Micah Wood

    October 19, 2017 — As of January 2017, JavaScript is used by 94.4% of all websites. On average, JavaScript developers earn 20% more than PHP developers. You can create entire websites, single page applications, mobile or even desktop apps using 100% JavaScript. You can’t ignore JavaScript anymore.

    At the same time, there are tons of JavaScript frameworks, tools, and even different versions of the language that you can learn. How do you make sense of it all? Where do you start?

    You start by attending this special double-session where we will give you an overview of the JavaScript landscape, start with the basics of JavaScript coding, and point you towards some great resources for continuing your journey towards becoming a JavaScript master.

    We’ll spend the first hour by giving you a broad overview and helping ease that overwhelming feeling you get when people start throwing around the names of JavaScript things you know nothing about. We’ll also take a look at what the learning process looks like in general and how you can accelerate your learning of new things like JavaScript or that new framework you’ve been wanting to try out.

    During the second hour, we’ll take a closer look at JavaScript itself. We’ll start with some sample tasks, things you might normally want to do with JavaScript in WordPress, and show you how to get the job done. You will learn about basics of JavaScript coding, the tools that WordPress provides and some great resources for gaining a deeper understanding of JavaScript.

  • Micah Wood: Becoming a WordPress Coding Master

    Micah Wood: Becoming a WordPress Coding Master

    WordCamp Asheville 2017Speaker: Micah Wood

    June 17, 2017 — WordPress is an awesome platform with a vibrant community of developers and a huge market share. Even though WordPress developers are a dime a dozen, it can still be difficult to find developers who really know their craft.

    Don’t be “just another WordPress developer”. Learn how to create a roadmap for growth, hone your craft, gain confidence and stand out from the crowd.

    Takeaways:

    How to identify where you are in the learning process.
    How to know what you should be focusing on right now to optimize your learning.
    How to identify your niche in the WordPress space and stand out from the crowd.
    Ultimately, the concepts learned here can be applied to learning any number of things, but we’ll be specifically focused on learning WordPress development.

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  • Micah Wood: WordPress Shortcodes In-Depth

    Micah Wood: WordPress Shortcodes In-Depth

    WordCamp Nashville 2016Speaker: Micah Wood

    March 18, 2017 — Shortcodes are commonplace in WordPress themes, plugins and even WordPress core. Whether you are a new developer looking to implement a shortcode for the first time, or are a seasoned pro; come join us as we delve into the pros, cons, gotchas, best practices and creative approaches to shortcodes.

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  • Micah Wood: Using Chrome Developer Tools

    Micah Wood: Using Chrome Developer Tools

    WordCamp Raleigh 2016Speaker: Micah Wood

    November 8, 2016 — Chrome is not just a great browser for viewing websites, but also an invaluable tool for building websites. Out of the box, Chrome ships with “developers tools”. Many web developers are aware of this and make use of some of the tools it provides. However, most developers only scratch the surface of what the browser can do.

    Join in as we take a deep-dive into the Chrome developer tools and learn, among other things, how to:

    – Quickly test styling fixes
    – Emulate handheld devices to test responsive designs
    – Easily navigate and debug JavaScript
    – Use the JavaScript console
    – View form submissions
    – Monitor AJAX requests
    – Check for performance issues
    – Troubleshoot caching issues
    – Create and use your own snippets