Being a Web Developer: A Presentation to an Elementary School

Today, I gave a talk to around 475 kids in grades 2 through 5 at Hayden Mcfadden Elementary School in New Bedford, MA (the city I call home) during their monthly assembly. The assemblies are for recognizing kids who exhibit the value of the month (respect was this month’s), read 5 or more books, and […]

Breaking WordPress News

Last night I spoke at the WordPress Rhode Island meetup. The topic was “Breaking WordPress News”. In the talk, I covered several recent WordPress related news items, dispelling rumors and helping attendees understand how each item will effect them. This talk was not recorded, but you can find my slides below! Download the slides as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

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