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My presentation from WordCamp Atlanta 2013 geared towards beginner, intermediate, and advanced developers for how to level up your WordPress development skills through understanding the WordPress ...

My presentation from WordCamp Atlanta 2013 geared towards beginner, intermediate, and advanced developers for how to level up your WordPress development skills through understanding the WordPress documentation, finding your niche, and educating yourself.

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    Level Up Your WordPress Development Skills Level Up Your WordPress Development Skills Presentation Transcript

    • Level Up YourWordPressDevelopmentSkills @tommcfarlin
    • What’s Up?
    • 8BIT.io —  @8BIT
    • Plugins and Applications For Fun & Profit
    • Blog About WordPress Development
    • My TwoLadies My Ladies & Me
    • Enough About Me
    • Let’s Talk About You
    • Level Up!
    • But Wait ... How?1. The WordPress Codex2. The WordPress API3. Coding Standards4. Finding Your Niche5. Educating Yourself
    • The WordPress Codex
    • What is it?
    • The WordPress ManualWritten for...•Bloggers•Designers•Developers
    • Why It Matters• A Living Manual• Go here first (not Google!)• Do not settle for getting something working• The Codex helps you do it right!
    • How To Use It1. Search for what you’re looking for2. Reading how to do it “the WordPress way”3. Implement your solution
    • The WordPress APIs
    • What Are They?• APIs are a way to make something happen• They allow us to make WordPress do stuff• Functions that make development easier
    • How To Find Them• Bookmark the Codex• Identify what you’re trying to do• Find the associated APIs• Read, Practice, Implement
    • How To Use Them1. The function’s description2. The arguments it accepts3. What the function returns
    • Don’t Miss These!• WordPress Hooks• Plugin API• Widgets API• Settings API
    • Coding Standards
    • What Are They?• How code should be written for WordPress• Core• Plugins• Themes
    • Follow Them!• All code is GPL - let’s make it look good :)• Expectations for us and others• Create a cohesive experience
    • Finding Your Niche
    • Know Your MarketThe intersection of what you love doing and whatyou’re best at doing.
    • Strategy of Pursuit• I avoid theme development• I pursue plugin developmentIt’s at the intersection of what I love and what I’mgood at doing.
    • On ThemesIf you’re into:• Design• Front-end Development (and Maybe Backend)You’re more into presentation than functionality.
    • On PluginsIf you’re into:• Server-side Development• Application-like Functionality• Extending WordPressYou’re more into functionality than presentation.
    • On BloggingIf you’re into:• Education• Writing• DocumentationSharing knowledge, information, or seeding discussion.
    • That’s Not All!
    • Educate Yourself
    • You’re Never Done• Several releases per year• New blogs, technologies, & practices emerge• Someone is more capable than you
    • Practical Tips• Follow those aligned with your niche• Read the comprehensive blogs• Design, code, or blog frequently• Don’t stop!
    • Questions?