Catch four 10up speakers at WordCamp Europe

WordCamp Europe 2015

WordCamp Europe is this weekend, and four 10uppers have made the trek to Seville, Spain to mingle and share insights.

I will be presenting on Friday on the experience of setting up WordPress for new users, raising questions about how WordPress can continue to drive adoption by catering to that audience. I’ll also be teaching attendees how to write documentation for the handbooks, inline docs, and examples for the code reference.

Director of Platform Helen Hou-Sandi is presenting Developing for Capabilities, covering approaches for mobile, responsive, and accessible development. Lead Engineer Eric Mann will be giving a short talk on Saturday on how to sandbox a development environment with Vagrant. Finally, Senior Engineer Adam Silverstein will talk about Backbone.js and WordPress, in Putting a little Backbone in your WordPress.

With a packed schedule and huge attendance, WordCamp Europe looks to live up to its name once again as the premier WordCamp abroad.

Meet a few WordPress filters (and folks) in Albuquerque

WordCamp Albuquerque logoAfter a rare couple of weekends in a row with no 10uppers speaking at a WordCamp (largely because there were none in session!), we’re back in action this weekend at WordCamp Albuquerque, happening Friday through Sunday, September 13-15. Located in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, this particularly packed WordCamp features three days of programming, including a Sunday Hackathon and a WordPress for Kids session. Not to mention, a new talk by yours truly!

On Saturday morning, I’ll be presenting There’s a Filter for That, focusing on the ins and outs of the WordPress Filters API. In this developer-focused talk, I’ll introduce some common (and uncommon) filters designed to spark discussion.

The timing of this talk is exciting for me, in part due to my heavy involvement in the inline-docs initiative planned for WordPress 3.7. In this new and, frankly, huge undertaking, the team is attempting to document all actions and filters in WordPress core in the new WordPress Developer Resources announced at WordCamp San Francisco this year. This talk also goes hand-in-hand with the Filters of the Day blog series I started earlier this summer.

There are still a few tickets left, so come out to the beautiful Duke City this weekend and catch me and my fellow community members at WordCamp Albuquerque!

Documentation teams from some of the web’s largest open source projects have converged in Cincinnati this week to share knowhow at the Open Help Conference and Sprints. Not to be left out, I’ll be attending along with 9 other WordPress docs team contributors.

This conference affords docs team contributors a great opportunity to get a lot of work done in a short period, and a chance to meet-up in person (the first time, for many of us). The WordPress delegation will be holding three, day long sprints, where we’ll tackle a roadmap for the WordPress Codex, analyze survey results and, of course, write much-needed documentation. Big thanks to Siobhan McKeown for bringing all of us together!

Community rockstar Drew Jaynes joins 10up

I never seriously considered web development to be a career path, since tinkering with it off and on as a hobby for nearly 10 years. It all began when I built a static tournament portal for a Yahoo! pool league I played in when I was 16. In 2008, many websites and lessons learned later, I retrofitted my college newspaper’s website to run on WordPress. Needless to say, I was hooked.

When I started actively contributing to the project in 2010, the community’s vibrancy left an impression. Here you have this mass of publishers, developers, designers and volunteers all working to make something that was already great even greater. I’d found my people.

These days, when I introduce myself to people at community events like WordCamps, the top two responses are: “Oh, so you’re DrewAPicture! I’ve seen your tweets or your work on [insert project here],” or, “Drew Jaynes … now where have I heard that name before?!” The answer to that second question, if you’re wondering: probably all over the place.

A big part of what drew me to 10up is their commitment to giving back to the very project that gives them life. When I saw that they donated significant employee time to WordPress I thought, “I want to do that!” And now I am doing it!

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