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Choosing to React to Gutenberg WordCamp San Diego #WCSD


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The announcement of Gutenberg in June 2017 altered perspective for many of us in WordPress. Some chose to leave, many decided to “wait and see,” while others jumped in to contribute. How did you react? As an agency owner, I viewed it as an opportunity. It provided me a reason to enroll in a front end developer curriculum, so I could “learn Javascript deeply” per the encouragement of Matt Mullenweg. I particularly wanted to discover what React components were all about and how to use them to improve the user experience. I applied for a Udacity Developer Program and was delighted to be awarded a Google scholarship which paid for my coursework. Strengthening my skills as a front end developer enhances my passion for WordPress and my fascination with Gutenberg. As an agency owner and a writer, learning the code behind Gutenberg allows me to see possibilities I would not have imagined otherwise. It tempts me to explore interactive media in my client work. It expands my technical expertise and increases my respect for forward-thinking developers. Most importantly, it teaches me to value, embrace and contribute to open source opportunities.

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Choosing to React to Gutenberg WordCamp San Diego #WCSD

  1. 1. Choosing to React to Gutenberg Jen Miller WordCamp San Diego, 2018 Twitter/LinkedIn: JenBlogs4u #WCSD #Gutenberg
  2. 2. Do you remember when you first heard about the Gutenberg project?
  3. 3. "We're trying skate to where the puck is going even though I've only been to 1 hockey game in my life."
  4. 4. How did you feel when you heard about Gutenberg?
  5. 5. What were your concerns?
  6. 6. “Learn JavaScript Deeply.” - Matt Mullenweg December, 2015
  7. 7. ● Learn more about JavaScript ● Continue to Download Gutenberg Updates ● Test and Play with Gutenberg ● Consider Block Possibilities ● Move Forward Confidently
  8. 8. For me, it all boiled down to a simple if else statement.
  9. 9. What other things could be done to prepare ourselves for Gutenberg?
  10. 10. Everything is in blocks. ■ Images ■ Video ■ Audio ■ Text ■ Embeds ■ Plugins ■ More
  11. 11. Choose how you will react to Gutenberg. /gutenberg/
  12. 12. Resources When Jumping In ion-to-github-1034fa55c0db - Github Intro - Validates HTML ment - Reference for naming HTML Elements - Code quickly as you learn with an all in one (HTML & CSS on other tabs)
  13. 13. Resources For Continuing On cript/ - Javascript debugger in Chrome - CSS Reference Guide - CSS Terms - CSS Styling
  14. 14. Thank you and Guten Luck! Jen Miller WordCamp San Diego, 2018 Twitter/LinkedIn: JenBlogs4u #WCSD #Gutenberg