Meet Sulfur — a Media Manager App Built in JavaScript

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Joey Kudish:

At Automattic, we have regular meetups, where we get together and get to know each other better, work on a project, and do some fun activities. My team and I just spent an incredible week in Iceland. It was not only very fun to discover this beautiful country, but we actually successfully planned, built and launched a project. Check it out!

Oh and if you think that’s pretty cool, we’re hiring.

Originally posted on Developer Resources:

Since Automattic is a distributed company and a lot of us work from home, we hold meetups to get face-to-face interaction. The whole company meets up once a year and individual teams get together more often. One component of those meetups is a “meetup project” that we all work on together.

The team I lead — “Team I/O*” — just finished a lovely week in Reykjavik, Iceland. Our team is responsible for partnerships and our APIs.

We spent the first day releasing better JavaScript support for our APIs. After that we decided to make an example app, mainly focusing on the new CORS support and implicit OAuth system.

We decided to build a media manager purely in the browser. We picked a codename and Sulfur was born.

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Sulfur is an app built using Backbone, Underscore.js, Plupload, jQuery, MomentJS, Bootstrap, RequireJS, and…

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A brand new Developer Site

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Joey Kudish:

Super excited to have launched this project that I’ve been personally working on for the last few weeks. Check it out!

Originally posted on Developer Resources:

As you may have noticed, we’ve just relaunched the WordPress.com Developer site (the very one you’re reading right now!) with a brand new look and feel!

We’ve rebranded the site to match the overall WordPress.com aesthetic as well as to align with the new user management and insights sections we launched just a few weeks ago.

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The goal of the redesign was not only to modernize the site but make it easier for you, our partners and third-party developers to find the information you are looking for. In addition, we’ve reviewed all of our existing documentation and past blog posts to make sure the information is accurate and relevant.

Over the next few months, you’ll see more updates to the site and more frequent blog posts from our team.

I’d personally like to thank the team that worked on the relaunch with me: Raanan, Kelly, Kat, Justin

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Introducing WordPress.com Insights

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Joey Kudish:

This project is pretty technical and niche, so won’t apply to most of the people who will see this, but it was a fun project to work on and it turned out really nicely. I am proud of my coworkers and I who worked hard on this. I am excited to see developers working on our platform. Hopefully this encourages more usage of the WordPress.com developer APIs.

Originally posted on Developer Resources:

We love stats at Automattic. They’re key to understanding our users, and a driving force behind a lot of what we do.

When we make a change, we measure its impact and use the metrics to make data-informed decisions. For example, we recently improved how our Publicized posts look on other services. Using our own data as well as data provided by our partners, we made further improvements and tweaks to increase click throughs to your posts.

Our partners and those building on our platform should have the same ability. That’s why we spent the past few weeks creating tool to support them: WordPress.com Insights.

Check it out in the short video below:

Music Credit: Anthony Vitale

Insights provides data and graphs for a variety of metrics: Connections/authorizations, API calls, API errors, posts published, WordPress.com Connect Logins, and the reach of posts published from your app. By exposing this…

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Travel Tips

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Joey Kudish:

Great travel tips from my colleague and friend Justin. I pretty much follow all of these myself, and would recommend these tips for anyone who travels.

Originally posted on BinarySmash:

I had some free time while on my flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco this morning and was thinking about how second nature the whole travel thing has become to me. It’s crazy how being gone even a few days makes life so different. I figured I should share some tips on how I deal with it.

First I would like to share a quote by my coworker. You can see some more awesome stuff at the original post .

Nobody warns you that you will feel so far away from everyday regular life that it will feel like it doesn’t even exist..

Here are my tips, list style:

  • ABC – Always be charging. Outlets can be scarce in an airport and non-existent on a flight. Come to the airport with your phone and other devices completely charged. Invest in an external battery and some kind of plug adapter…

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2013: A Year in Review

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Joey Kudish:

An amazing year for WordPress.com and Automattic. Excited for 2014!

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

With 2013 behind us, we can now take a look at our community’s incredible accomplishments over the past year. Here’s the year that was on WordPress.com.

13,704,819 new blogs in 2013

That’s a 36% increase from 2012, during which you created 10 million new blogs.

489,281,136 posts in 2013

That’s 12 times the number of books in the Library of Congress!

667,675,929 comments in 2013

That’s an average of 21 comments per second for the entire year.

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on this page.

95,424,985 likes in 2013

That’s almost 38,000 times the number of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The most popular topics in 2013

You’ve written about thousands of topics in 2013. Here are the top ten:

  1. Photography328,763 posts
  2. Video289,493 posts
  3. Politics282,893 posts
  4. Music282,434 posts
  5. Life280,219 posts
  6. News259,493 posts
  7. Art240,367 posts
  8. Love168,657 posts
  9. Humor155,213 posts
  10. Food105,528…

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Let’s prevent you from getting hacked

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Joey Kudish:

A great little snippet on Security. So important, and yet so few people pay attention to this on a regular basis…

Originally posted on Upward Spiral:

A colleague, Ian Stewart, was kind enough to share an email he sent to someone who confessed to using the same password for everything. I think it hits a number of great points and tips on passwords and security best practices, most (all?) of which are outlined in Automattic’s internal docs/handbook. Definitely a good read if you want to tighten up your online security.

tl;dr Use 1Password for everything and two-step authentication for everything.

Alright, this went long but … let’s prevent you from getting hacked!

Never ever give your password or “passphrase” (I’ll get to that) to anyone. Even if you give one to someone like me who’s helping out, change it as soon as we’re done.

No two passwords should ever be the same even if they’re “temp” or “throwaway” passwords.

To manage all your passwords use 1Password and never have to worry about remembering all your…

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The Women of Automattic

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Joey Kudish:

Great piece by my coworker Zandy on Women at Automattic and more broadly in tech in general. We need more awesome Automatticians so join us! http://automattic.com/work-with-us/

Originally posted on Revelry Reverie:

Something pretty amazing happened yesterday. All the women of Automattic had dinner together to talk about something incredibly important to us: getting more qualified women to apply at our company.

We are lucky. Automattic makes sure that an open position goes to the right person, regardless of gender. A lot of companies work hard at this, and many are getting it right (at least most of the time).

We have noticed, however, that in our case, fewer women apply in the first place. Anyone in a technology or traditionally male-dominated field obviously knows this already. One of the things we discussed was how each of us ended up applying to Automattic – interestingly, many of us believed – no, assumed –  we wouldn’t be qualified enough, and ultimately needed a nudge.

We, as women, can read a job description and see one item that we may be weak on or…

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At WordPress, Happiness is Automattic

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Joey Kudish:

This is some really good insight of what it’s like at Automattic; from my new coworker Jason.

Originally posted on Unencumbered by Facts:

On the first of May, I started a new job at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. I was hired as a “Code Wrangler,” but to date I have not written a lick of code. This is because for the first three weeks new employees must participate in a customer support rotation. I know what you are thinking: “Let the software engineers communicate directly with customers? I saw Office Space, so I know that’s a bad idea!” or maybe “Bummer, customer service is a thankless soul-sucking quagmire of loathsomeness.” Surprisingly, neither one of these normally valid assumptions is true in this case. So what makes working at Automattic so special that software engineers can enjoy communicating directly with users and customer service ends up being rewarding and fun? Quite a few things actually.

The customer service team is known as the “Happiness Team,” and its members are “Happiness Engineers.” When I…

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Custom post type and metadata support in the REST API

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Joey Kudish:

An internal tool that I’m building at Automattic is using the WordPress.com REST API. As part of that tool, I needed access to custom post types and post metadata, so I’ve added both to our REST API. And now anyone on a Jetpack-powered site can also use this part of the REST API. Find out the details in this developer blog post.

Originally posted on Developer Resources:

We’ve recently made some updates to the REST API which is available here on WordPress.com and for any Jetpack-enabled site that have the REST API module activated. The API now has full read and write support for custom post types and post metadata.

You can specify a post’s post type when you create or edit it. If you’re fetching a single post, you will receive it’s post type in the response. Of course, you can also specify a post type when fetching a series of posts. In all cases the parameter to use or look out for is type.

You can also query posts by metadata using the new meta_key and meta_value parameters. You can add, update, delete or retrieve a post’s metadata when creating, editing or getting a single post, using the new metadata parameter which accepts an array of metadata keys, ids,

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