Monthly Archives: May 2013

Two Meetups for June: WordPress Loves Backbone JS and Plugin Ignite Talks

We have two awesome meetups scheduled for June.

Developer: WordPress Loves Backbone JS

Date & Time: Monday, June 10th at 6:30 pm

WordPress 3.5 is the first version of WordPress to include Backbone.js – a powerful and popular Javascript framework for taming your Javascript. With Backbone.js, your data can be encapsulated into models and collections that are then exposed to the DOM through views – views which automatically update as your data changes – with out-of-the-box integration to RESTful APIs and more.

We’re excited to have Allen Snook and Beau Lebens, from Automattic’s Team Social, tell us about some of their recent work with Backbone. They’ll also walk us through an example plugin that you can use as a springboard for developing your own Backbone.js savvy extensions to WordPress.

Note: Due to limited space, we’re capping signups to 70. If you RSVP and realize later you can’t make the meetup, please change your status so someone else can attend.

User: Plugin Ignite Talks

Date & Time: Monday, June 24th at 6:30 pm

For the next PDXWP user meetup, we want to showcase the plugins which make WordPress as awesome as it is.

Know a plugin you just can’t live without? Want to practice your public speaking skills in front of a lively and welcoming audience? We welcome you to apply by June 10th.

Love discovering new plugins? Join us! We’ll follow the Ignite format for the evening — 10 lucky PDXWP members selected by Daniel Payne and Kory McDow will show off their favorite plugin in 5 minutes and 20 slides a piece.

Hope to see you there!

What’s Coming in WordPress 3.6 Recap

Last week, Michael Fields, a Theme Wrangler for Automattic, walked about 50 of us through what’s coming in WordPress 3.6:

Your quick summary of what should be coming:

  • Post formats are front and center of the publishing experience, and you’ll have a new theme to test them out.
  • A login modal window appears if your login session expires while you’re composing a post.
  • WordPress pays better attention to who is editing what post, indicates such in the admin, and lets you “take over” editing of the post.
  • The Revisions UI received a complete overhaul. It’s now much easier to find content saved in a previous version.
  • Easier, more intuitive menu management.
  • Extended support for embedding rich media from services like Rdio and Spotify.
  • … along with dozens, if not hundreds, of bug fixes, performance improvements, and general enhancements.

WordPress 3.6 was originally scheduled to be released right around this time. As always in shipping software, it’s taking a bit more effort than expected. We hope to see it out the door in the very near future!