Last night I spoke at a meetup of the Cape Town PHP Group. I was speaking alongside the excellent Gareth McCumskey who was giving a run down of what we can expect in PHP 7 (we can expect a lot of awesomeness by the way – you should really check that out).
My presentation for the evening was a primer on WordPress development and a guide on how to bend WordPress to your will (which would have made a way more awesome title for the talk).
The vast majority of the 30 attendees at the meetup were advanced PHP developers who had minimal experience with WordPress development – this gave me a nice opening where I could talk about some of the basics of writing code for WordPress without having to start with the basics of PHP first. It was also relatively intimidating knowing that most of the people in the room were probably more experienced and more qualified developers than myself, but I think I held my own well enough.
My talk was well received and I think I went on for quite a bit longer than I was supposed to, but that was mainly due to so many questions being asked. It was very encouraging to see that there is clearly a significant interest in WordPress development inside the PHP community.
The video and slides for my talk are below, along with a list of useful links that I either mentioned or feature in my slides at some point.
- WordPress plugin developer info
- All the information you need in order to get your plugin on the WordPress plugin repository.
- WordPress coding standards
- WordPress Action Reference
- An ordered list of (almost) all of the action hooks available in WordPress core.
- WordPress Filter Reference
- A list of (almost) all of the filters available in WordPress core.
- My WordPress plugin template
- A plugin template I developed for my own use that helps get a new plugin off the ground with very little effort.
- Varying Vagrant Vagrants (VVV)
- Varying Vagrant Vagrants is an evolving Vagrant configuration focused on WordPress development.
- Whether you were at the meetup or not I would encourage you to dive head first into WordPress development and I’ll happily lend a hand where I can, so get in touch with me in the comments!