June 30th and July 1st 2012 is the first ever Vancouver WordPress Theme Weekend. I’m part of the organizing team and I’m giving a quick intro to Github, which is where we’ll be hosting all of the teams’ themes. You can check out the slides of the GitHub intro below or download them as a PDF.
Please check out all details for the event at wpyvr.org/theme-weekend
The WordPress.com VIP team released a set of very useful developer tools. If you’re a WordPress developer, you absolutely should run this.
One of the great things about developing for WordPress is the number of tools available for developers. WordPress core ships with a bunch of useful features (e.g.
WP_DEBUG) with many more built by the community (like our own Rewrite Rules Inspector and VIP Scanner) that make development and debugging a breeze. The hardest part is getting your environment set up just right: knowing what constants to set, what plugins to install, and so on.
That’s why we built-in the Developer plugin. It’s your one-stop resource to optimally configure your development environment by making sure you have all the essential settings and plugins installed and available.
If you’re a WordPress developer, we highly recommend installing this plugin in your development environment. You can download the plugin from the WordPress.org Plugins Directory or directly from your WordPress Dashboard (Plugins > Add New).
Here’s a quick walk-through:
If you’d like…
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Twenty designers, developers, and WordPress enthusiasts will gather at The Network Hub in downtown Vancouver for a two-day weekend event on June 30th and July 1st, 2012 to collaborate and build WordPress themes. I’m helping organize and run the event. We’re calling it Theme Weekend and you’re invited!
Take a look at the details on the WP YVR community website.
My current status: hanging out at the beach in sunny hot Vancouver
Today I attended the first annual Polyglot (un)conference in Vancouver.
Unconferences are similar to traditional conferences; the main difference being that all the sessions are voted upon by the attendees and decided day-of. The last unconference I attended was not very well organized and took too long to get going. I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn’t the case today. Part of the voting was done online ahead of time using uvoice and organizers really took charge in getting things going in the morning.
I also got the impression that many of the web developers who were here see WordPress as more of an amateur and hackish platform. I’m obviously deeply entrenched in the WordPress community so it’s interesting and even somewhat refreshing to get different perspectives; regardless whether the feedback is good or bad. That being said, most people I spoke with individually were actually really interested in the work we do at Automattic and WordPress.com, especially in terms of scaling.
I always love going beyond my comfort zone and learning new things. Highlights for me today were:
- A really great presentation on various open-source mapping technologies chiefly Mapbox. I’m a huge fan of open data and tools that help developers work with it so this was a great learning experience for me.
- Several great presentations and breakout discussions on open source vs. proprietary code.
- Fun lunch on a bright, sunny , warm patio; with discussions on general programming idioms.
- In-depth introductions to Erlang and Ruby languages; both of which I only had limited experience with.
- Long coffee break facilitated by a fire alarm at the venue.
Overall a really great event that I was happy to be part of.
Maps presentation by Talyor Sherman
From consultant to product by Boris Mann
Great lunchtime chats
PS: this was the first time I wrote a blog post from the WordPress iOS app on my iPhone. Really slick experience, and a new version was just released, go check it out 🙂
Yesterday, while I was at WordCamp Seattle (which was a blast by the way!), I wanted to quickly jot down some notes. I opened up Evernote on my iPhone, and clicked on new note, and the title of the note auto-completed to “Note from WordCamp Seattle”.
Some clues as to how this may have happened (I don’t know the actual answer):
- I did have WordCamp Seattle in my calendar for that day
- I checked in on Foursquare, but tagged my checkin as #wcsea not the words “WordCamp Seattle”
- Other people there likely were also using Evernote and maybe they called their notes “WordCamp Seattle”
In any case, the app never prompted me to access any of my data from an external application, so I’m very curious how they were able to do this. I don’t really mind, because it was convenient to have that auto-filled and it amazed me at first; but at the same time, I really wonder how it knew, and how much of my data Evernote can access. Does anyone know how Evernote knew where I was?
Really good explanation of why you shouldn’t use query_posts; a function I know I’ve used in the past but definitely stay away from now 🙂
Here at WordPress.com, we have over 200 themes (and even more plugins) running inside the biggest WordPress installation around (that we know of anyway!) With all of that code churning around our over 2,000 servers worldwide, there’s one particular WordPress function that we actually try to shy away from;
If you think you need to use it, there is most likely a better approach. query_posts() doesn’t do what most of us probably think it does.
We think that it:
- Resets the main query loop.
- Resets the main post global.
But it actually:
- Creates a new WP_Query object with whatever parameters you set.
- Replaces the existing main query loop with a new one (that is no longer the main query)
Confused yet? It’s okay if you are, thousands of others are, too.
This is what query_posts actually looks like:
Rarely, if ever, should anyone need to do this. The most…
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