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WordCamp T.O. 2014

I attended my first WordCamp on the weekend and had a really great time. Though the talks are fairly short and somewhat introductory (at least in the Advanced Developer track which I was following) there is a lot of information given, and it is a good overview of where WordPress is headed. I now have a pretty good list of topics I need to delve into, and am already figuring out where I can apply some of the new knowledge in a practical way.

Some of the topics on my list:

Backbonejs – Since WP has now included Backbone in the core (for the admin area for now) I think I should get familiar with it. The demonstration was great, and it really made things look slick in the dashboard. Since it is bundled all that is required is to enqueue it in the usual way and have it there ready to do my bidding.

Angularjs – I have been fiddling with this a little anyway, but again, though not part of the core, a very powerful javascript framework that offers some great features useful to WP. The syntax seems simpler than Backbone, but then I haven’t really explored enough to know what I’m talking about just yet.

WP-CLI – I have looked at this before and passed it over, even though I love command line stuff. But so many of the developers at WordCamp swore by WP-CLI that I realise I better give it another look. Anything that improves workflow, speeds up development and helps eliminate the mundane is tops in my book.

Unit Testing – I have a bit of experience with unit testing in straight php environments, but never in WP. I didn’t even know that WP has unit tests built in, for both php and javascript. Very cool. Need to get this built into the flow as well.

Vagrant – I’ve played around with Vagrant after being introduced to it in my php meetup, but have not made it a regular part of my workflow. Generally I am in control of the server environments that I work with, so I haven’t seen it as being all that useful. However lately there have been a lot of problems related to FastCGI, Nginx, Plesk, etc. that I am reconsidering. I would like to at least experiment, and see if it does indeed improve the dev environment.

SASS – I have used SASS before and loved it, but have not touched it in awhile. It’s used a lot now, and significantly improves performence. Plus it’s pretty fun from what I remember, and seems to integrate well with other tools. Definately on the ‘brush up’ list.

All in all it was a great experience, well worth it. I would highly recommend attending a WordCamp when one comes to your town. And of course it is all recorded, so you can ‘attend’ anytime by going to WordPress TV.

ken in copper canyon

Remotely yours; testing a lifestyle

I am currently engaged in a lifestyle experiment of sorts. Something I have always had an interest in doing, but never found the ‘right’ time.

Well, this isn’t exactly the right time either, but circumstances made it so and therefore the experiment began. I am riding my motorcycle through Central America, and plan to stay down here awhile and do some projects for some clients. Sounds simple, really. And simplicity is what made me think it was possible in the first place.

The reality has been that moving around and working just don’t go together. At least not at the pace we’ve been moving. Continue reading

Speeding up workflow with a batch file

This is a quickie for Windows users.

Pretty much every single day — or at least days that I’m working on web dev projects (pretty much every single day!), if my computer has been shut down I have to re-launch the same bundle of applications that I use to work. I finally realised that computers are quite good at dealing with repetitive tasks and really should be handling this, not me. The answer is to create a batch file that launches each program.
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