Monday night marked our first ever Developer Meetup!
Just under thirty people spent a couple hours meeting one another, drinking beer, and sharing their favorite “I learned this the hard way” stories:
- Anonymous functions were introduced in PHP 5.3.
- wp_cache functions can be used to reduced page load time.
- Ensure your new public theme uses a font that supports basic Latin.
- Always make sure your intuition agrees with the code you’re about to deploy; it will cause fatal errors otherwise.
- Don’t push production code on Friday.
- Only commit to deadlines for work you’ve done before.
- Use version control.
- Run your theme through a theme checker early in the process, not at the end
Reacting to popular demand, the Developer Meetup will be a once-monthly event we’ll hold alongside the normal meetup. The format is still TBD, but the topics will be more technical and expect a certain amount of experience. Some of the goals identified by the kickoff group include:
- Collaborate on plugins.
- Enhance coding skills.
- “Have others review my code”
- Talk to people using IDEs to learn how to leverage them better.
- Help the Portland WordPress community to gain some notoriety outside of Portland.
- Reconcile Object-oriented PHP with the WordPress world.
- Discuss best practices for WordPress as an app platform.
- Pick up basic jQuery and programming.
- Learn how to scaling themes for large traffic sites.
Looking forward to seeing the community grow!