Today I get to announce two conferences that I’m speaking at this fall. The first is here in NYC and is the 2015 WordCamp NYC. I’ll be giving a talk entitled: Lessons from Science Fiction and Fantasy we can use in Creating Websites. Here is a short synopsis.
This year has seen a lot of positive change in the WordPress contributor community, especially in the area of accessibility. Take for instance, the appearance this year of two new faces on the credits screen as of WordPress 4.3: Source: The Year of the WordPress Accessibility Team – WerdsWords Drew is completely on target here.
I’d like to ask everyone reading this to take a moment to remember Kim, and to remember that it’s up to all of us to make people with different backgrounds feel welcome and included at events like these. Let’s do her proud.
In April, just as WordPress 4.3 was beginning development, I started a conversation about WordPress, PHP7, and HHVM. Now that WordPress 4.3 has been released, I’m glad to say WordPress is looking great as far as PHP7 goes.
Cory Miller is one of the nicest, strongest people I know and this talk of his about mental health is incredibly important. His utter honesty about his own demons and challenges is inspiring me to take some steps in my own life. Watch this video today.
WordCamp Europe 2015 was an exceptionally well run conference. The content of the talks was so good that I mostly kept my camera in my bag, but managed to capture a couple of pictures during the event. All photos are licensed CC BY-SA-NC 2.0.
WordPress has a bad rap in outside circles. While other communities are seeing WordPress as more than blog software, many still think that since WordPress supports PHP 5.2, it doesn’t also support PHP 5.6 or HHVM. They don’t know about the all the interesting problems that WordPress solves so that users and developers can get there jobs done easier.
I was so scared the first time I attended a WordPress meetup. After working on a project for nearly a month, I was stuck and had no idea where to turn. Many of us have been there, especially when we are starting out. I needed help if I wanted to go farther.
We have another group of speakers to introduce you to today. They come from across the WordPress community and around the world. We hope you’re as excited as we are about seeing them in Seville in just a few months!
WordPress 4.2 is almost here. Yesterday marked the release of Beta 4 and if everything goes as planned, the first RC will be available next week. One of the “features” that people are talking about in both positive and negative terms in emoji support.
Speaking at PHPUK was an amazing experience. I walked in only knowing one person, and walked out having had a hundred conversations and making some new friends along the way. Speaking about WordPress at a PHP Event was a new experience for me.
During the WordPress 4.2 cycle, one of the goals was to do some work aimed at improving the experience of users when updating and installing plugins. While the decision was ultimately made to scale back to just updating for this release, the code that installed plugins also automatically activated plugins when a user installs them.
Five years ago today, my first patch was accepted to WordPress core. Oh how the time has flown. This last year has been one of my most exciting years as a part of the WordPress contributor community. At the end of September, I was given commit access to WordPress Core.