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At the end of September (September 25th – 27th, to be exact), I’ll be hanging out with a lot of other great people at WordCamp Tampa.

As of now, the schedule is still being put together, so I don’t know any more details than what you can find on the website; however, there is one event that I think anyone who is coming. should consider attending: A live code audit.

In short, it’s your code in front of a panel of other people critiquing it in front of all of your peers. Sounds scary, right?

Years ago, I used to think so – but then I realized just how great code reviews can be and I urge anyone who is writing code for a living to have someone else review their work.

Say what you will about the built in WordPress search functionality – sure, it could stand to be improved (personally I’m a fan of SearchWP) – but not all projects warrant the same requirements, right?

Sometimes, the built-in search functionality works just fine out-of-the-box. It gets a little more involved if you start introducing, say, custom taxonomies or custom post types, though.

That is, say you’re working on a project or have a client who needs help with modifying the built in search functionality so that it allows for searching custom post types. There’s actually a lot of flexibility provided in how you tailor the search results, but for this case it’s pretty easy.

If you’ve ever used Bootstrap, you know it’s easy to setup; however, if you’re looking to introduce more complicated functionality such as having to make asynchronous requests whenever the pages tabs change and then you need to update the DOM accordingly, it can actually be a little frustrating in nature.

Sure, there are some ways in which you can track which tab is active – class names, using hidden fields, etc., but depending on how you’ve architected the front-end and what’s happening with the Ajax response, you may actually end up with needing to do something a little more advanced than that.

Generally speaking, whenever I’m working with JavaScript and I’m trying to handle an asynchronous event (or even synchronous events, for that matter), I want to use exactly that – events.

But when it comes to needing to handle when a tab has been changed to toggle a pane in Bootstrap, what event do we use?

If you’re a developer working in WordPress, then odds are you’ve spent time working with designers. Assuming you’re working with a good designer, it can be a lot of fun.

I think we’ve all had our share of experiences both good and bad (and luckily I’m at a point where I’m working with some really great designers), but I think there are things we – as developers – can do to help make our designers jobs a little bit easier.

A couple of weeks ago, I worked through a series of posts on how to write a TinyMCE plugin for the WordPress editor (since the WordPress Editor is TinyMCE).

In a recent project, one of the things that I needed to a build was a feature that allowed users to highlight text such that they would select the text in the editor (you know, with their mouse), click on a “Highlight Text” button in the toolbar, then have the text highlight.

And, naturally, it would return to its normal state of being un-highlighted if the text is selected and then the toolbar button is clicked again.

Though there’s no reason to share how the plugin is built in its entirety, I thought I’d walk through how I added the new command to the toolbar and used the HTML5 `mark` tag to include this functionality.

/ August 19, 2015 / Comments Off on The Dangerous Nature of WordPress Comments (And What I’ve Learned)

The Dangerous Nature of WordPress Comments (And What I’ve Learned)

When it comes to posts like this, I often deliberate for weeks on whether or not I should write them because of the various discussions that it will inevitably cause and the blowback that can occur can often times be exhausting (even if it’s deserved).

But that’s not this kind of post. This is a retrospective of my own mistakes, my apologies, and what I’ve learned about moving forward in certain types of situations. More on that in a moment.

Right about now is when the defenses start to go up. Please don’t go into this post with that attitude as it’s not at all about anyone or anything but me. If you already feel like you’re on the defense, take a look at this cool picture taken at River Street in Savannah, Georgia.

/ August 13, 2015 / Comments Off on Hey Programmer: Don’t Be a Jerk

Hey Programmer: Don’t Be a Jerk

To be liked, respected, and treated well within the open source development community, I think a lot of it comes down to a single point:

Don’t be a jerk.

But, for whatever reason, human nature compels some of this to ignore it and some of us to carry on doing the same thing without any regard for the rest of the people that we’re targeting.

When it comes to working with WordPress themes and plugins, there’s a general rule of thumb that most experienced designers and developers follow:

Themes are for presentation, plugins are for functionality.

Sure, there’s a little bit of blurring of lines, but this is the goal for which we strive when working through our code. And yes, there’s a lot that can be said (and has been said) about themes that include a ton of features, options, bundled plugins, and so on, but that’s not where this is going.

Instead, I’ve been thinking about how this relates to general theme development, niche theme development, and using WordPress as a platform for application development.

Occasionally, I’m asked for two quick tips or suggestions that I have for those who are just getting started with writing WordPress plugins.

The assumption is that they’ve done all of the necessary leg work to get to the point where they are comfortable writing code and working with WordPress, but they want to avoid some of the pitfalls that many (or most?) of us experience when we first get started on our own projects.

There’s a plethora of tips that I could be shared so maybe this will end up with some additional comments, or maybe this will lead to a series of posts. Whatever the case, there are two completely arbitrary things that I think most developers should know if they’re writing WordPress plugins.

/ August 7, 2015 / Comments Off on Why I Recommend Array Themes

Why I Recommend Array Themes

The WordPress theme market is at a weird place right now. Simply put, a lot of people will state the themes have no become a commodity. Sometimes, people consider this a bad thing, others consider it a more of a neutral fact that’s more or less a representation of where the WordPress economy currently sits.

Regardless of what your perspective may be, people still want to blog, people still need to have good-looking, functional websites, and people still need to have reputable places from which to purchase their themes.

And this is who I recommend…

Starting with WordPress?
I recommend Array Themes
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