WordPress Melbourne July 2013 Developer/Business Meetup

This month's meetup is targeted at WordPress developers and WordPress businesses.

WordPress beginners may wish to attend the August meetup instead.

We're lucky enough to have 3 fantastic talks!

 

6:30pm - 7pm - Pizza & Socialising

Pizza is generously supplied by our sponsor Envato.

 

7pm - 7:10pm - Housekeeping, Agenda & WordPress News

 

7:10pm - 7:55pm: Building Scalable WordPress Applications using Google’s App Engine - Amy Unruh and Stuart Langley, Google Sydney

At this year's Google I/O, we announced the PHP runtime for App Engine.  App Engine is a platform designed for simplicity and Google scale, which lets your run your apps in the cloud.PHP + App Engine is a natural fit, and we are really excited to have PHP as a supported App Engine language.

WordPress (along with many other PHP libraries and apps) now runs on App Engine, and can take advantage of App Engine's capabilities for autoscaling, along with its services and APIs-- such as Memcache, User account management, Mail, the Task Queue, and access to Google's Cloud SQL and Cloud Storage services.
Working with Sennza, we've also just released a Google App Engine Plugin for WordPress, which wires in support for sending e-mail using the Mail API, and uploading and serving media files to Google Cloud Storage.

In the talk, we'll give a brief overview of App Engine and some of its features and services.Then we'll walk through the process of getting a WordPress app running on App Engine, and using the App Engine WP plugin. We'll discuss some of the ways that running on App Engine can increase the security and scalability of a WordPress app, and leave plenty of time for questions and discussion.

About Stuart
Stuart is a software engineer on the App Engine team at Google, based in Sydney Australia. He is currently the technical lead on the PHP runtime for App Engine, focusing on security and scalability. Before joining Google Stuart worked at Microsoft on the AppFabric team, most recently on the service bus queueing system.

About Amy
Amy works in Developer Relations at Google, with a focus on the Google Cloud Platform and App Engine. She has an academic background, and has also worked at several startups, worked in industrial R&D, done technical training and course development, and has published a book on App Engine.


8:00pm - 8:20pm: CSS Specificity, SMACSS and WordPress - Peter Wilson

A walk through CSS specificity, what it is, how it's calculated and when it can get you in trouble. The OOCSS/Smacss concepts of managing CSS and how to use these when theming WordPress will be introduced.

About Peter
Peter has been building websites since 1994 and maintained the web presence for Roving Enterprises until 2006. His most recent contribution to the WordPress community have been the Rapid Twitter and App.Net widgets. Peter is on TwitterGithub and WordPress.org.

 

8:25pm - 8:55pm: 101 Ways to Elevate Yourself and Demand Higher Fees - Troy Dean

This presentation is aimed at helping web developers, particularly those using WordPress, add massive value to their clients without having to negotiate on price. It will literally give 101 ways to do this in your business, starting at the initial stage of incoming enquiry right through to site deployment and training.

There will be no code in this talk, just ideas, marketing strategies and business processes.

About Troy
Troy Dean is an Online Marketing speaker, coach and consultant. He specialises in helping businesses and entrepreneurs use the Internet to attract new customers and build their communities.

He has worked with hundreds of clients and helped them get measurable results for their business. Troy is passionate about measuring return on investment and delivering practical take-aways that can be implemented for immediate results.

 

8:55pm - Wrap up

We'll then head to the nearby Post Office Hotel for drinks.

 

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  • Chris H.

    Just wanted Peter Wilson to know I've been a lot more diligent in looking for specificity solutions since his talk, instead of lazy-ass creating extra classes or adding !important.

    I always knew about specificity, but hadn't pushed myself hard enough to look for it all the time.

    So, thanks, Peter.

    August 4, 2013

  • Grigori Vdmo K.

    I'll throw it out there...
    Just got a message from someone in one of my communities..

    Feel free to pick up if you think you can do it..
    "Hey folks - I'm looking for a web application developer; needs to be able to write a web app to automate interaction with the API for an online NASA Landsat satellite imaging application. Anyone here either do that, or know someone who might be able to? If so, please contact me - [masked]. The Landsat site I need to interact with is http://landsatlook.usgs.gov/ . Yes, this is a paid gig. Cheers!"

    July 19, 2013

  • James C.

    The 131 minute video of this meetup is now online: http://youtu.be/iZz58YQ39Mw. Slides are also online: http://www.meetup.com/WordPress-Melbourne/pages/Presentations/

    1 · July 15, 2013

    • Ben P.

      Beautiful. Thanks very much for posting this.

      2 · July 15, 2013

  • Grigori Vdmo K.

    In the other news.. 3.6 will be out tomorrow.. dont sleep till then ;)

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • Nirav S.

    Waiting for Troy's materials pls

    July 11, 2013

  • Anthony H.

    If anyone's having issues finding Troy's presentation, you can find a copy here, from the one he did recently at WordCamp Melbourne
    https://speakerdeck.com/wpaustralia/troy-dean-101-ways-to-elevate-yourself-and-demand-higher-fees

    1 · July 11, 2013

  • Dylan

    Hey Guys, What's the link to Troy's presentation slides ? I get re-directed to video user manual site, may be I didn't write the link down correctly....

    July 10, 2013

    • Dylan

      Thanks Mick

      July 11, 2013

    • James C.

      Troy has now fixed this. See http://www.meetup.com...­ for links to all the presentations from last night.

      July 11, 2013

  • James C.

    Hi everyone,

    The slides/ code from last night's presentations are all available here: http://www.meetup.com/WordPress-Melbourne/pages/Presentations/

    Troy's link/url has also been fixed.

    The video/audio from last night should be available later this week.

    James

    July 11, 2013

  • Stephen N.

    Troy's presentation was excellent. It was definitely worth waiting for, and made the whole evening worthwhile.

    1 · July 10, 2013

    • Stephen N.

      This is the first presentation I've seen from an online marketing consultant who understands business processes and, in particular, customer expectation management! :-)

      1 · July 11, 2013

  • Rodney F.

    Hi All,
    If we use 'Google' and search his presentation we can find it at:
    http://www.slideshare.net/troydean73/101-ways
    Yes I loved it too a lot of energy and passion, well done Troy!
    Rodney

    1 · July 11, 2013

  • Grigori Vdmo K.

    Troy wins tonight with one of the best presentations Melbourne Wordpress meet ups ever had :) Google guys were ok, but its pretty clear that Google wants to take your app data pretty bad.. No wonder they creating all the apps and channel paths to collect it.. Holding on to your own data is still the best thing... in a long term its something you will appreciate...

    1 · July 11, 2013

    • Samuel T.

      It would seem like it. To take advantage of the Task Queue feature would require your code to be written/rewritten to work with it which is alright, but in long term if someone where to change hosting, the code may render unusable.

      July 11, 2013

    • Chris H.

      Shouldn't be too hard to write a check for google and use task queues if available. Gives you an advantage point if you're making plugins to offer AppEngine support.

      July 11, 2013

  • Bob T.

    Excellent, three great talks

    July 11, 2013

  • Adam D.

    Great presentations, fantastic group of people. Shame I couldn't stay for drinks.

    July 11, 2013

  • Yuki K.

    Great input and information.

    July 10, 2013

  • Chris H.

    Great talks. Got some good ideas and inspiration. Thanks guys.

    July 10, 2013

  • Samuel T.

    Good talk from google! Thnks for organizing

    July 10, 2013

  • Mark H.

    Wow fantastic night

    July 10, 2013

  • Manoj K.

    Sad to miss out on this. An important personal engagement just came up. Are these sessions recorded (audio/video)?

    July 10, 2013

    • James C.

      Hi Manoj, we are recording the meetup, and should have the video online in the next few days (assuming we don't encounter any unexpected technical issues).

      2 · July 10, 2013

    • Manoj K.

      Thanks a lot James. Much appreciated.

      July 10, 2013

  • Peter M.

    Sorry double booked.

    July 10, 2013

  • Vince C.

    Come on its 605pm cant we skip this section!!

    July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys. Huge site migration has come up so I'm not going to be able to make it.

    July 10, 2013

  • Theo S.

    Can't make it to this one, too much work to do! Have a good one everyone!

    July 10, 2013

  • Sampath S.

    Imp/Urgent activity came up..let somebody take the place for today.

    July 10, 2013

  • Matt J.

    Hi there, I was just wondering if any WordPress Devs might be interested in talking at the next Melbourne Mobile Meetup on 16th July about "WordPress and mobile websites"?

    Details of the meetup can be found here: http://www.meetup.com/MelbourneMobile/events/121770502/.

    If so, please contact me. Cheers
    Matt

    PS. Was advised to post this enquiry here by Co-organiser James Collins.

    2 · June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unable to make this meet, looking forward to the next one.

    July 9, 2013

  • Helena D.

    Looking forward to hearing Troy speak :)

    July 9, 2013

  • Chris H.

    New to WP meetup. Where do you park?

    July 9, 2013

    • Jack B.

      theres not a lot of parking, if you get there early, you'll find some on Stuart st. Public transport is a good option too.

      July 9, 2013

  • Jack B.

    I gotta bail unfortunately. Hopefully someone will record this though?

    Ah well, hope the person getting my ticket enjoys

    July 9, 2013

  • Jason

    Can't wait! see innerPeaceMentor.com love some ideas! J

    1 · July 2, 2013

    • Jin

      Jase, when is the meetup for this. I would like to attend? Thks.

      July 8, 2013

  • James C.

    Due to high demand for this event, we have increased the capacity from 80 to 100 people. Unfortunately there are still people on the waiting list, so if you are unable to attend, please be sure to update your RSVP so that someone else can come.

    See you on Wednesday!

    4 · July 8, 2013

  • Rohan C.

    Hi Wordpress Melbourne,
    We are looking for someone to write a WordPress authentication plugin leveraging OAuth. It’s part of a bigger project – if we work well together there is plenty of scope for expansion. So if you have plugin development experience, are familiar with OAuth and have bandwidth to take the task on, please drop me a line.

    June 28, 2013

  • Joel E.

    I would love to come but will have my hands full. You're welcome to borrow my audio gear again if you need it. Have fun!

    June 26, 2013

  • Jeff G.

    :( I have a bball game that night.

    June 25, 2013

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