Not Beginner

January 2018 ***Not Beginner*** Meetup

LoopConf talk previews! Not just one, but two of our meetup members are speaking at LoopConf (https://loopconf.com/) in February and are going to preview their talks for us.

While this is a meetup in our “***Not Beginner***” series, anyone at any experience level is welcome to attend, but there will be an assumption in the presentations and discussion that attendees have prior knowledge of WordPress.

1) Developing on The Front-End: Chrome Developer Tools
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Are you debugging your JavaScript by writing console.log statements – the front-end equivalent of using “echo” or “var_dump” in PHP?

Being primarily a back-end developer, I was accustomed to using XDEBUG as part of my workflow, but often fell back on rudimentary debugging skills when it came to debugging JavaScript or diagnosing performance issues from the front-end.

Enter Chrome Developer Tools. It seems that every time I look, this little window in Chrome gets more and more features that save me time and headaches debugging, testing and optimizing my web pages. Whether I’m stepping through JavaScript, Debugging CSS, Testing REST API calls, or auditing page performance, Chrome’s Developer Tools are there to help. In this session, I’ll share with you some of the features that have made this tool an essential part of my toolbox. I’ll show you how how to diagnose a page’s performance issues, audit a page for accessibility, review page security,inspect calls made to the REST API, and more.

Presented by: Shawn Hooper. Shawn has been a web developer since the mid 1990s, watching the web grow from simple and tags to the complex mix of markup and languages it is today. He is now the Director of IT at learning and development startup Actionable.co, as well as being a freelance WordPress developer in his “spare time”. Shawn has a few contributions to WordPress Core under his belt, and will be taking on the role of Lead Organizer for WordCamp Ottawa in 2018.

2) Refactoring the Disaster No One Is Talking About: How We’re Handling JavaScript Tech Debt in WP Migrate DB Pro
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An issue a lot of WordPress teams are facing (including the current Gutenberg discussions) is how do you implement new and shiny JavaScript into an existing WordPress application?

JavaScript technical debt can be a disaster, but working with legacy code doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. WP Migrate DB Pro has a *lot* of JavaScript tech debt in our existing codebase but how much time should our team be devoting to it versus adding new features?

In this talk, Peter (the WP Migrate DB Pro team lead), will talk through how to balance solving new problems while refactoring an old codebase.

Some of the questions Peter will address include:
– How to update your build tooling from Grunt to Webpack/npm scripts
– How to avoid rewriting your jQuery soup but still use the latest shiny JavaScript
– Switching to ES2015 syntax and modules

Very much a show-and-tell, you should walk away from this talk knowing some of the pitfalls to avoid (don’t make the same mistakes as us!) and some tricks you can implement today to help you balance this in your own JavaScript development.

Presented by: Peter Tasker. Peter is a PHP and JavaScript developer from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He currently works on refactoring all the code on the WP Migrate DB Pro team at Delicious Brains. In a previous life, he worked for marketing and public relations agencies. Loves WordPress, dislikes FTP.

Meeting Details:
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This is a meetup in our “***Not Beginner***” series. This series of talks is for WordPress (or related) presentations that are not at a beginner level.

Anyone at any experience level is welcome to attend, but there will be an assumption in the presentations and discussion that attendees have some knowledge of WordPress.

Senate Room, 6th Floor – Robertson Hall (http://carleton.ca/campus/map/#RO), Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive.

Parking on campus requires payment, but all of the lots, including the garage just to the north of Roberson Hall, cap at $8 for the evening after 5pm. http://www5.carleton.ca/parking/visitors/parking-rates/

Agenda
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7:00 – General announcements
7:05 – Presentations
8:30 – Wrap-up

May 2017 ***Not Beginner*** Meetup

Undo the Mess: Use Roots for WordPress Dev

Calling all picky developers.

Let’s say I’m using WordPress for a new project. A sweet setup is important to me so I have some questions: How can I set up version control properly? Can I develop with others? When dealing with plugins, can I lock down plugin versions so I can test locally and commit when tested? Can I use Sass for style sheets and have minified css and js builds that aren’t committed to my repo? Can I use a nice template approach that’s DRY? Can I match my local dev to have parity with staging and prod? Is there a way configure the server’s provisioning in the same repo as my theme?

I’ve found a Yes for all those questions. Roots is a kit made up of 1) a smart theme system (Sage), 2) a way to package WordPress and plugins as composer dependencies and a better, more secure project structure (Bedrock) and a way to provision your local dev and servers through conventional recipes (Trellis). Use the parts you need (or all three) on your next WordPress project.

In this talk, we’ll demo building a site using the Roots kit (and the new Sage v9). Come check out this elegant way of doing WordPress dev and come meet other fans of Roots.

Presented by Pascal Laliberté, who does Web development, Interaction Design and Product Consulting. He’s a real friendly guy with some strong opinions, so come out for a chat!

Meeting Details:

This is a meetup in our “Not Beginner” series. This series of talks is for WordPress (or related) presentations that are not at a beginner level.

Anyone at any experience level is welcome to attend, but there will be an assumption in the presentations and discussion that attendees have some knowledge of WordPress.

Senate Room, 6th Floor – Robertson Hall, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive. </a>


Parking on campus requires payment, but all of the lots, including the garage just to the north of Roberson Hall, cap at $8 for the evening after 5pm. <a href=”http://www5.carleton.ca/parking/visitors/parking-rates/”>http://www5.carleton.ca/parking/visitors/parking-rates/

No donations for this meeting!  (We normally ask for a $4 donation to help cover the cost of the room and our Meetup fees, which total about $150-450/year)

Agenda

7:00 – General announcements

7:10 – Q&A Lets talk WordPress

8:30 – Wrap-up

February 2016 ***Not Beginner*** Meetup

Effortless REST API with Astro Javascript Framework

Anyone with basic HTML knowledge (no programming skills required) should be able to use the WordPress REST API with the help of Astro. Astro is an open source Javascript framework that renders JSON content, only using HTML.

Astro displays WordPress content anywhere that HTML is supported. The demo will include a web app, a native app and Digital Signage (Link and source to each example will be provided).

Presented by: Hector Jarquin and Ting Yang

Meeting Details:

This is a meetup in our “Not Beginner” series. This series of talks is for WordPress (or related) presentations that are not at a beginner level.  Anyone at any experience level is welcome to attend, but there will be an assumption in the presentations and discussion that attendees have some knowledge of WordPress.

Senate Room, 6th Floor – Robertson Hall, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive.  Robertson Hall marked on Google: http://goo.gl/maps/1UkxO

Parking on campus requires payment, but all of the lots, including the garage just to the north of Roberson Hall, cap at $7 for the evening after 5pm. http://www5.carleton.ca/parking/visitors/parking-rates/

No donations for this meeting!  (We normally ask for a $4 donation to help cover the cost of the room and our Meetup fees, which total about $150-450/year)

Agenda

7:00 – General announcements

7:10 – Presentation

8:00 – Q&A

8:30 – Wrap-up

January 2016 ***Not Beginner*** Meetup

WP From A to V 

Jamie Oastler is the lead WordPress developer at Innovapost who has been steadily working his way down the WordPress solution stack from front-end designer, plugin developer, solution architect to DevOps resource since ~ WP 2.3. He also occasionally updates his Idealien Studios site. Jamie will be presenting on hanging up his cowboy coder hat, the collection of DevOps best practices for WordPress he has learned since doing so. Come on out to learn about the alphabet soup of cool tools you should add to your toolkit:

• Getting started with Vagrant / Virtual Box

• Overview of Ansible – The best IT automation tool out there

• Using them together to build local dev environments with prod parity

• How to handle delightful deploys of a 12-factor WordPress architecture

Meeting Details:

This is a meetup in our “Not Beginner” series. This series of talks is for WordPress (or related) presentations that are not at a beginner level.  Anyone at any experience level is welcome to attend, but there will be an assumption in the presentations and discussion that attendees have some knowledge of WordPress.

Senate Room, 6th Floor – Robertson Hall, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive.  Robertson Hall marked on Google: http://goo.gl/maps/1UkxO

Parking on campus requires payment, but all of the lots, including the garage just to the north of Roberson Hall, cap at $7 for the evening after 5pm. http://www5.carleton.ca/parking/visitors/parking-rates/

No donations for this meeting!  (We normally ask for a $4 donation to help cover the cost of the room and our Meetup fees, which total about $150-450/year)

Agenda

7:00 – General announcements

7:10 – Presentation

8:00 – Q&A

8:30 – Wrap-up

December 2015 ***Not Beginner*** Meetup

GIT

Presentations and open discussions on Git and using Git for version control with WordPress

We’re looking for 3-5 people to present at this session.  If you would like to do a short presentation on how you use Git, or lead the discussion about Git for 10-20 minutes, please let us know.

Confirmed presenters:

Mike Dickson: Mike will share his method of using git with WordPress to enable easy version testing, rollbacks, content separation and the .gitignore file that nearly killed him.

Mike is <!– Insert bio that nobody will read here –>.

Roman Rus: Options for introducing git into the FTP workflow.

The goal is to replace working on the FTP in such way that resulting workflow is better in all regards, in particular:provide easily accessible history, backup, allow complex collaboration and be sure that we do not overwrite the changes introduced by people that still resist git and keep using FTP to directly change the files on server.

Roman has been working with WordPress since 2008, and as a freelance WordPress developer since 2011 rwebs.ca. He is a full time Web Developer at Machine Agency machine-agency.com.

Meeting Details:

This is a meetup in our “Not Beginner” series. This series of talks is for WordPress (or related) presentations that are not at a beginner level.  Anyone at any experience level is welcome to attend, but there will be an assumption in the presentations and discussion that attendees have some knowledge of WordPress.

Senate Room, 6th Floor – Robertson Hall, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive.  Robertson Hall marked on Google: http://goo.gl/maps/1UkxO

Parking on campus requires payment, but all of the lots, including the garage just to the north of Roberson Hall, cap at $7 for the evening after 5pm. http://www5.carleton.ca/parking/visitors/parking-rates/

No donations for this meeting!  (We normally ask for a $4 donation to help cover the cost of the room and our Meetup fees, which total about $150-450/year)

Agenda

7:00 – General announcements

7:10 – Presentation

8:00 – Q&A

8:30 – Wrap-up