Trouble Connecting to Database When Using MySQL 8.x

Recently, I created an issue on the WP-CLI’s entity command repository to introduce a wp site generate command to allow for multisite installs to be easily populated for testing purposes. I decided to set up a local WP-CLI sandbox on my machine (not within a virtual machine) so I can more easily and consistently contribute […]

Consuming Knowledge

One thing that I often find myself struggling with is consuming all the knowledge I want to. I consider myself a pretty curious person, and that often results in a long and overwhelming laundry list of things I want to read, listen to, or watch. There is just. so. much. to. consume. Podcasts. YouTube videos. […]

WordCamp Orlando 2018

Today I gave a talk at WordCamp Orlando titled “Building A Code Review Culture”. Below you can find my slides. I also wanted to share some links for further reading on the topic. Code Review Etiquette – CSS Tricks Code Review: Beyond Code, Into Company Culture – HackerNoon Why code reviews matter (and actually save time!) […]

The Guten-Report: WordCamp Portland, ME 2018

Today was WordCamp Portland, ME. There were around 150 attendees that attended this one day WordCamp, and was packed with great sessions. One time slot was occupied by a panel discussion about Gutenberg where the panel fielded questions from the crowd about the new editing experience. The attendees at this camp represented a good mix […]

Accessibility: A Developer’s Pledge

My grandfather was legally blind. Even in my earliest memories of him, he did not drive, My grandmother drove until she needed to give up driving herself. He never really described his vision to me in detail, but I do remember him saying it was darker, he saw mostly shapes and outlines, and he always […]

I’m Blue: My Next Chapter

Today is my last day at Boston University, a place that I have worked at for nearly two years. I am extremely excited to start my new full-time job on Monday as a WordPress Core Contributor at Bluehost. Contributing to WordPress is very important to me. I believe in what WordPress represents and the doors that it […]

WordPress Boston – March

Last night, I gave a short talk at the monthly Boston WordPress meetup about what plugins I use. Below is the list, in case you wanted to look into them and try them out. Attachment Taxonomies –  Felix Arntz BackUpWordPress – Human Made CMB2 Google Analytics for WordPress – MonsterInsights Gravity Forms CLI – Rocketgenius Gutenberg – Gutenberg […]

WordCamp RI 2017

Today, I will be giving a talk at WordCamp Rhode Island. Even though I am an organizer for WordCamp Boston and the WordPress Boston meetups, I have always considered WordCamp Rhode Island as my home WordCamp. I have spoken every year since its inception (previously WordCamp Providence). This year, my talk is titled “Coding Standards: […]

Space Exploration is Awesome

Space exploration has always been fascinating to me, both manned and unmanned. There is something about the unknown vastness of space that provokes endearing curiosity. The Cassini-Huygens project has fed that curiosity for years, but will stop doing so later this week. The New York Times posted a great article last week detailing the impending demise […]

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