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It’s that time of year! Several of the Oomph, Inc. team members are preparing for the annual WordPress WordCamp Boston Conference, on October 25th-27th. This year’s Camp takes place at the Microsoft N.E.R.D Center in Cambridge, and is sure to be rife with inspired workshops and lively conversations.
WordCamp Boston will feature sessions on WordPress design, development, themes, project management, hosting, PHP, and Git. The Oomph Boston office will be proudly represented by speakers Bradley Jacobs (@crazyjaco) and Steven Word (@stevenkword), and naturally the office-buzz is beginning.
So we asked around: What are you looking forward to most?
1. New Frontend Frontiers
Oomph developers Alex and Bradley are most looking forward to K. Adam White’s discussion of backbone.js. Known among the Oomph team for his engaging talks, White’s presentation on development workflow at last year’s WordCamp was an office favorite. This year his talk will dive deeper into backbone.js, which has the potential to breathe new life into the WP 3.5 frontend.
2. Testing, Testing
3. WOrdpress 3.7 Heaven
Andrew Nacin, who is spearheading the effort behind WordPress 3.7, is also a greatly anticipated speaker. Currently, 3.7 is released in beta, but with the platform’s latest incarnation officially releasing soon, we’re sure Nassan will have some special sneak-peeks for the WordCamp crew.
Whether this is your first time at WordCamp (like our marketing whiz Anna), or you’re a seasoned industry veteran (like our CTO Dave McKinley), there’s a lot to get excited about! The Microsoft N.E.R.D. Center will shine in all its sun-lit glory, the SWAG will be plentiful—but the most thrilling thing is meeting the vibrant WordPress community members that will be waiting with open arms. Wear that name badge with pride, and shake some hands!
5. Git a Drink
The Saturday-night after party is sure to be a blast this year—since Oomph is hosting! Come 6:30pm we’ll be at the ever-hip Firebrand Saints. With your badge there’s an open bar until 10pm, so come connect with speakers, meet your fellow attendees, and make some new Twitter followers!
Tell us what you’re most excited to see at this year’s WordCamp on Twitter! @oomphinc #wcbos13
The first annual WordCamp Providence was held on October 27th. The sold out event brought 200 WordPress developers, designers and the WordPress curious out to the University of Rhode Island campus.
Being a developer, my main focus for WordCamp was the Shipbuilding track. Jon Bishop started off the talks with best practices for providing clients with an admin that will fit their needs and not add unnecessary complexity. Aaron Holbrook followed up by showing how using version control — specifically git — will aid in code maintenance and rapid deployment.
The morning session concluded with Automattic’s John James Jacoby discussing how to secure your code from potentially malicious data, methods of testing your code and the advantage of using xdebug to step through not just your code, but WordPress core as well. John’s IDE of choice is Netbeans, which works very well with xdebug. I tried Netbeans a couple years ago, but switched away. After John’s talk, seeing how easy it is to step through code and access the code to core functions, I’ve switched back. The latest version is a vast improvement in performance and functionality; I strongly suggest giving it a try. Unfortunately, John didn’t provide links, if that changes, I’ll post an update.
Oomph’s own Ben Doherty started the mid-day portion of the developer track with a talk on implementing object oriented programming into theme development. Ben explained how using OOP principals in theme development will result in code modules that can be easily reused in other themes, providing consistency in development. He touched on how to set up a development environment for debugging, different implementations of a singleton, and using actions and filters for accessing class methods. You can read through his presentation at http://bendoh.github.com/WordCamp/wcpvd-2012-oop/
Jon Desiosiers broke down the fundamentals of plugin development, including best practices and what to do when you get stuck. Matthew Boynes built upon Aaron Holbrook’s talk by demonstrating how to use git and a WordPress multisite implementation to develop and deploy code between a local development environment and a hosted staging or production server. You can watch his entire presentation at http://boyn.es/2012/10/28/wordcamp-providence-2012-presentation/
In the home stretch of the Shipbuilding track, K. Adam White talked about Backbone.js and Underscore.js, two new libraries that will be available in WordPress 3.5. These libraries can provide structure to jQuery code via a modified implementation of MVC (Model, View, Collection). The track was concluded by Oomph developer turned Automattician Erick Hitter’s reprising of his WordCamp Boston talk on going beyond the codex and learning more about WordPress by looking at the core files. Erick breaks down the structure of core and where to start looking for the function or filter that will best suit your needs.
Providence’s first WordCamp was a great success, with fantastic speakers and a good vibe all around. I congratulate the organizers for a well planned event and I look forward to next year.
July 14th marked the beginning of yet another successful WordCamp in the City on a Hill, making it Boston’s third time to host the event. Approximately 600 speakers, attendees and volunteers arrived at Boston University from all over the world to congregate around a common entity, our beloved WordPress.
Earlier this month, approximately 600 of my closest friends and I attended WordCamp Boston. This was my first experience at a WordCamp, and it did not disappoint. I attended several great talks, but one caught my attention: Aaron Jorbin’s “Developing an Automated Workflow for Front End Development“. This was a presentation packed with applications and utilites to aid in reducing development bottlenecks.
Mr. Jorbin suggests utilizing the command line, using dotfiles, and using tab completion to speed up the process. Taking advantage of hooks in git will help to automate workflow, or use your computer’s camera to take a photo of you on a commit.
Mr. Jorbin crammed an almost overwhelming amount of information into the short amount of time he had to present. I have only scratched the surface. I strongly suggest reading through the blog post and trying out some of the tools he has listed there. I’m planning on incorporating some of them myself and I would love to hear what tools you have found useful.
Today at WordCamp NYC, I gave a presentation on how you can work with WordPress via a command-line interface (CLI.) This presentation covered how you can can poke and prod WordPress core and API by using WPSH, a custom script built on top of Facebook’s PHPSH.
Also covered were approaches to write command-line scripts for WordPress, using this knowledge to build tools for importing and exporting blog data, as well as some of the higher-level issues involved with processing bulk data.
One question that was offered after the presentation had to do with my familiarity with wp-cli, which I admit, I had none. It appears that the wp-cli utility is useful for atomic operations on the blog, like upgrading core, adding users, &c., whereas wpsh will give you an interactive environment to run any PHP / WordPress API code that your heart desires. I will be sure to give props to wp-cli in my next talk, and discuss how it differs from wpsh, and the advantages of each.
You can obtain the presentation slides at github.
Off the train and I’m in the Big Apple gearing up for WordCamp New York City 2012. Every year designers, developers, and users of the WordPress platform meet at one of the largest WordCamps for a weekend full of speaker sessions and networking held at Baruch College.
This year is especially exciting for me as two of my fellow colleagues will be presenting. Erick Hitter, one of Oomph’s WordPress gurus is leading a session on “Moving Beyond the Codex: Learning WordPress from Itself.” Ben Doherty, Oomph’s command line guru will be presenting “WordPress on the Command Line.” Having been fortunate enough to work with these minds for the past few months, I know I’m in store for very informative sessions.
Remember how incredible summer camp was when you were a kid? We do.
It was all about discovery, fun and fellowship in the great outdoors … campfire stories, and cannonballs into the lake. Pretty great, right? Well, July’s WordCamp Boston is a lot like that, but instead of cannonballs into the lake, WordCampers dive headfirst into WordPress and then swim around for awhile—two days to be exact. In other words, it’s the ultimate summer camp for geeks like us. We’re so grateful for it, and this year we want to express our gratitude by giving back in a major way: We’re proud to announce Oomph’s Platinum Sponsorship of WordCamp Boston happening July 14 and 15 at Boston University.
WordCamp is a valuable educational experience that brings together WordPress developers, designers, bloggers, and businesses all under one roof to talk about one of our favorite things, the WordPress platform. Camp, which has grown steadily over the past few years, is expected to break records this year with between 600 and 800 attendees. It’s an informal, community-organized event created and led by people like us, who want to share what we know, see what’s next with the platform, and meet new WordPress enthusiasts, professionals, and enthusiastic professionals.