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10up at WordCamp Providence 2014

wcprovlogo_1xOn September 26-27, John Eckman and I will be attending WordCamp Providence at the University of Rhode Island. The excitement continues around the JSON REST API slated for core integration in the near feature. (I participated on the WP API team, along with fellow 10up’er Rachel Baker). A huge amount of work has gone into the API, and we are all super excited to present on it at WordCamps around the world.

I’ll be giving a talk covering the need for the API, cover REST basics, and teach developers to use the API. Having been the lead contributor to the Backbone client, I will be talking about how developers can use JavaScript to interact with the API. There are already some awesome JavaScript implementations of the API popping up such as my own _s_backbone.

If anyone is interested in talking about the API, working for 10up, or just generally chatting feel free to pull me aside!

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!

WordPress Providence Meetup Kicks Off

Inspired by a few WordCamps that built themselves up from local WordPress meet ups, I finally got a few locals together at the beginning of April (Ken DeBlois of Brown and Suzanne McDonald, a freelance writer) to help organize a Providence Meetup. A couple of planning meetings, a new website, a Twitter account, and some local marketing later, we had our first meet up on April 26th.

I’ll be blogging over at the WordPress Providence website, so I won’t say too much about it in this forum, but the headline is that I was thrilled by the turn out and energy at our first event. We had about 30 attendees, a lot of buzz during the hour of networking, a nice and short presentation by DandyID (a local firm with a popular plug-in), and a great after-presentation brainstorming / discussion session.

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