Speakers: Micah Wood

  • 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.


    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

  • Micah Wood: Using Composer with WordPress

    Micah Wood: Using Composer with WordPress

    WordCamp Atlanta 2016Speaker: Micah Wood

    April 8, 2016 — Composer is a command line dependency management tool designed for PHP.

    Come learn how Composer can help you:
    – Simplify new project creation
    – Minimize duplication of code in your project repositories
    – Quickly install and update plugins and themes in bulk
    – Manage versioning within your project
    – Follow best practices when reusing and managing code across projects

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  • Micah Wood: An Introduction to PHP Classes

    Micah Wood: An Introduction to PHP Classes

    WordCamp Orlando 2015Speaker: Micah Wood

    January 19, 2016 — Many WordPress developers start out learning PHP from playing around with themes and then slowly pick up the language and start moving towards writing their own plugins. However, it is common to find WordPress developers struggling to grasp the higher-level concepts and features of PHP. Let’s fill the gaps in our self-learning and break through to the next level of PHP programming by learning what PHP classes are and how they can be used to make your code simpler, easier to read and easier maintain.

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  • Micah Wood: Debugging in PHP

    Micah Wood: Debugging in PHP

    WordCamp Asheville 2015Speaker: Micah Wood

    September 17, 2015 — The art of debugging code requires a good understanding of the codebase and logical deduction skills. A good debugging tool is like a code mentor that can walk you through the code and help you better understand what is going on, but the deductive reasoning is still up to you. In this session, you will learn how to use Xdebug, a PHP debugging tool to.

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  • Panel Discussion: Development

    Panel Discussion: Development

    WordCamp Asheville 2015Speakers: Jeff Bowen, Adam Silverstein, Will Haley, Micah Wood, Julien Melissas

    September 10, 2015 — Panel members discuss ways to connect WordPress to other systems (and vise versa) using APIs. They also cover a bit of the wp-api project – and share some experience working with WordPress, APIs, and front-end tools that use them.

  • Micah Wood: Getting started with Vagrant

    Micah Wood: Getting started with Vagrant

    WordCamp Asheville 2014Speaker: Micah Wood

    September 12, 2014 — Learn how Vagrant, a tool for creating portable development environments, can help you:
    – Easily setup a local development environment
    – Match your local development environment to production and avoid surprises during deployment.
    – Share development environments with team members and get new team members up and running in record time.
    – Easily deploy code by using providers and provisioners.

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  • Micah Wood: 7 Habits of Highly Effective WordPress Developers

    Micah Wood: 7 Habits of Highly Effective WordPress Developers

    WordCamp Atlanta 2014Speaker: Micah Wood

    June 17, 2014 — If you are just learning how to code, or are a seasoned developer, there are some important habits that will serve you well during your WordPress development career. Beyond the high-level approach of Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, this presentation walks you through 7 practical things you can do to become a better and more effective WordPress developer. The concepts presented are accompanied with action steps and follow up resources so you can start becoming a better developer right away.

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  • Micah Wood: The WP Way

    Micah Wood: The WP Way

    WordCamp Atlanta 2014Speaker: Micah Wood

    May 19, 2014 — We all run into themes that aren’t written well, sometimes ones that have hard-coded URLs, or just don’t even work at all. This session teaches some WP standards on theme creation.

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