I’m happy & proud to get the opportunity to speak at WordCamp San Diego on March 24th 2012. The event sold out in a mere 12 hours, so I can’t even tell you to come check it out, unless you already have a ticket! But, the weekend should be a huge blast 🙂
The talk I am giving is about using the version control system Git; best practices, case studies and various workflows when using it with WordPress. In the spirit of open-source and of git, I am doing a bit of an experiment with it. The whole talk is getting prepared on GitHub. That means both the outline and the slides are available there as I prepare them. The idea is that you (everyone/anyone) will collaborate by asking questions you want answered ahead of time, bringing suggestions, corrections and amendments along the way.
Here’s how you can collaborate:
- Take a look at the github repository
- Take a look at the
work-in-progresscompleted slides — these were continuously updated/rebuilt each time I updated them, and since they are just an HTML page, you can revisit them anytime you want.
- Open an issue on github for any issues, questions, comments, recommendations, etc…
- Specifically, I want to know what kind of experience you’ve had with Git (versioning plugins, themes, private client sites, working with core, etc.), what challenges you’ve faced (and how did you overcome them), what workflows do you have, what questions using git do you have, etc.
- Fork the repository and submit a pull request if you want a specific change incorporated
- If you’re uncomfortable using git/github, feel free to comment on this post or send me an email at email@example.com (or via the contact form on this site) instead
That’s the idea, no idea if it will work or not. I think the presentation can be that much better with some feedback from the community, but if not, I promise not to disappoint you (too much) either way.
Let me know your thoughts!
My Friend Richard was asking about different software and code editors on twitter last night. I mentioned Sublime Text 2 and how much I love it, to him; and he asked me for more info about it, so I decided to write a blog post about it instead of going and back & forth on Twitter.
I use notepad++ but am totally open to any other new tool (aptana, sublime text, netbeans, anything!)—
Richard Archambault (@richardmtl) February 11, 2012
So for those who don’t about it yet, Sublime Text 2 (ST2) is a cross-platform (yes it works on OS X, Windows and Linux) awesome code editor with a bunch of productivity tools and geeky goodness but without the huge overhead of typical IDEs (aptana, netbeans, etc…). I was a Textmate user until I switched over to ST2 about 4 or 5 months ago. The transition was seamless since ST2 looks and behaves in similar ways to Textmate and also supports Textmate bundles out of the box. Nonetheless, ST2 is infinitely more powerful than its predecessor.
Some of my favorite features/shortcuts of ST2 are:
- The project sidebar
- ⌘+P (ctrl+p on Windows/Linux) to open any files in the current project
- ⌘+shift+p (ctrl+shift+p on Windows/Linux) to perform special actions
- Automattic code completion using tab/return
- Great search+replace support
- Automatic docblock creation and recognition
- Updated daily or every other day (as long as you use the development track [which you should] & it never crashes yet has awesome small additions)
Richard also asked me about which extensions I used and how I had it configured, so here’s my setup:
- The Solarized Color Palette/Theme – I use the light one most of the time but will switch to the dark palette occasionally, especially at night. Note: you can use the Textmate Solarized bundle with ST2
- Package Control for managing extensions/packages
- The following packages (in alphabetical order – all available from Package Control): Additional PHP Snippets, Alignment, ApacheConf/htaccess, As Above, BracketHighlighter, BufferScroll, Case Conversion, Clipboard History, CoffeeScript, ColorPicker, copy-file-name, DetectSyntax, DocBlockr, DocBlox, HTML5, HyperlinkHelper, IndentXML, jQuery Snippets, LESS, MarkDown Preview, Nettus+ Fetch, Open Recent Files, Open Include, PHPDoc, PHPUnit, Placeholders, Prefixr, Pretty JSON, Quick File Creator, Quick File Renamer, SidebarGit, sublime-github, Trailing Spaces, WordCount and of course WordPress
Finally, I’d like to point you to this indispensable ST2 Tips & Tricks article on NetTuts.
One of my favorite things to discuss with fellow developer are the various development environments and set-ups, so please share in the comments! What code editor do you use? If you use ST2, what’s your setup like?
If you’re a WordPress developer, then there’s a few developer tools you should have under your belt. One of those is the Log Deprecated Noticed plugin by Andrew Nacin. If you don’t know about it, it’s a plugin you run on your development environment (you have one of those, right?) as opposed to the production environment. From the plugin’s description:
This plugin logs the usage of deprecated files, functions, and function arguments. It identifies where the deprecated functionality is being used and offers the alternative if available.
One of the great features of the plugin is that it shows you how many (if any) new notices/log entries you have, allowing you to quickly see if you’ve used a deprecated function. It does so by adding a little badge (a la updates) right next to it’s menu (which is under Tools). However, since WordPress 3.3 and the fly-out menus, the badge is no longer persistent since the Tools menu isn’t going to be open very frequently, as shown here:
To solve this, I set out to write a plugin that extends the Log Deprecates Notices plugin and adds a link and counter to the
new improved toolbar in WordPress 3.3+, like so:
Eventually, I’d also like to add the following features to the plugin:
- Update the counter with some kind of callback, so that if a call to deprecated function is made after the toolbar loads, it still counts the new notice.
- Add deprecated log info to the Debug Bar plugin
Any questions, comments, recommendations, let me know!
As a developer who works primarily alone, I find that there can sometime be a lack of feedback (negative or positive) about my work. Anyone else on a similar boat as me?
I occasionally (and more frequently these last few weeks) work on teams of developers, where we have some kind of review system in place, so that we can each give feedback to each other about our code and practices. I have found that to be very invaluable. Both the experience of receiving feedback and giving it have been very educational for me.
So the idea behind this project is to connect like-minded developers (and who use the same languages) to help each other and perform code reviews for each other. The specifics of the implementation for this project is still what remains to be seen…
If you are interested in hearing more about the project as it develops and when it launches, please enter your email at codereview.cc. And if you can spare two minutes, please fill out the quick survey at codereview.cc/…
Please share any questions, suggestions or comments 🙂