December 16, 2021 — This talk looks towards the horizon of modern website development.
Learn more about core WordPress tooling and how blocks, patterns and theme.json interplay with the new Full Site Editing experience.
November 7, 2021 — For anyone interested in WordPress development, this talk works through creating a portfolio site with the Twenty Twenty-One theme, using custom post types and custom fields.
October 2, 2020 — This talk offer an in-depth answer to the question of what a good WordPress developer should know and learn in 2020.
October 29, 2019 — It’s never been a more exciting time to be writing PHP in the WordPress ecosystem! WordPress core recently bumped the minimum-supported PHP version from 5.2 to 5.6 and plans to bump it again later this year all the way to 7.2!
Whether that least sentence incites feelings of jubilation or anxiety in you, this talk has your back. We’ll take a deep dive into ways devs of all levels can breathe new life into their plugins and themes with modern PHP features and principles.
We’ll cover back-compat gotchas, including how to deal with version-specific features and code partial plugin activation so you don’t break users’ sites with your upgrades. We’ll also go over modern principles such as using autoloaders and namespaces, setting up group aliasing, using return type declarations, leveraging traits, and more.
Finally, we’ll talk about how to create a development plan for the short- and long-term so that continual and improvement and iteration can keep you up to date with modern PHP development.
October 24, 2019
September 24, 2019 — What can you do to improve your site’s security and performance instantly? It’s not clickbait — it’s updating to a modern PHP version. Keeping PHP up-to-date with the latest version pays off enormously with increases in performance, security, and better overall compatibility. It’s not always instant, especially for larger sites, but we’ll cover the benefits and importance of updating, planning for an update, testing for issues, and dive into some modern PHP features and functionality.
March 18, 2019 — Sometimes the best advice on the latest and greatest technology is very old, even 2600 years old.
Buddhadhamma, the philosophy and religion founded by Siddharta Gottama in ancient India, is broad and deep, offering a path to emotional liberation as well as common sense advice for getting through everyday life with as little suffering as possible. In this talk, we’ll walk through the essential proposals and conclusions of Buddhism and find ways this wisdom can help us in our WordPress and web development practice.
How do our denial of impermanence, our aversion to discomfort and our identification with the material world get in the way of doing good work? How can we be free of the suffering that inevitably comes from disappointment? How should we act in each moment to be effective and at peace in the long run? These questions will be answered through the lens of the challenges and frustrations inherent to building sites with WordPress.
The talk will also include a short guided meditation and advice for incorporating meditation into your WordPress life.
This talk is intended for anyone, from new users to long-time bloggers to hardcore developers.
March 15, 2019 — Swashata will give you insight about what today’s front-end development terrain looks like, how much benefit it gives to us and how we can bring the same to our WordPress themes and plugins.