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It's Tool Time: 4 Tools You Cannot Live Without

Development tools are absolutely essential for a productive workflow when developing for WordPress. With the generosity of the development community, we have numerous tools at our disposal. For this month's meetup, we have four presenter who will each share an unique development tool with the group. Each presenter will wow you with the capabilities of the tool for 10 minutes with 5 minutes for discussion. The last hour of the meeup will be reserved for tinkering with the new tools while you have access to someone who has experience with the tool.

Our lineup of presenters and development tools is as follows:

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  • Weston R.

    As noted in my presentation on PHP_CodeSniffer, there was discussion[1] among the contributors to create a new GitHb organization dedicated for housing the canonical repo for the WordPress Coding Standards. I am happy to say that the organization has been established! Let the forking begin :-)


    1 · March 24, 2013

    • Taylor D.

      Thanks, Weston! I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this. We may look into implementing it as a pre-commit hook for at least some of our projects as well.

      March 24, 2013

  • Daniel B.

    Best dev meetup yet! Huge props to Zack for organizing

    3 · March 11, 2013

    • Dan G.

      Good job Zach!

      March 11, 2013

    • Mike B.

      Agreed, great dev meetup!

      March 14, 2013

  • Faddah Steve Yuetsu W.

    hi folks,

    a few things - it's nice slide presentation links are being posted here in the comment thread, but could they please also be posted to the central blog repository at

    i appreciated all speakers & the tools they shared, i really learned some things. there were some areas i feel needed improvement, IMHO, and i hope you will all hear this as being constructive, not mean.

    first, with the time of the room allotted, i felt each speaker could have been give a full 15 minutes for these rather dense tool subjects and had a lot more breathing room.

    next, when given a limited amount of time, it's time to hone your presentation skills. small fonts on slides with *lots* of url references are just not going to cut it. better to make it 2 - 3 major points each slide, kept to 10 min., and better to DEMO, DEMO, DEMO than just present a dense slide.

    finally we should probably keep several connectors handy for all types of input for the projector.

    my 2 cents. plain.

    March 14, 2013

    • Zack T.

      There will be a summary post with links to all of the speaker's slides on the blog soon. We are still rounding up links and getting a post prepared. I appreciate the feedback! We are still young and new to this room, so we are learning our lessons and getting better prepared. See you in a few weeks, Faddah!

      March 14, 2013

  • Weston R.

    The slides for my talk about PHP_CodeSniffer are available at

    March 11, 2013

    • Zack T.

      Hi James! We are rounding them up and will be sure to post here when we have them.

      March 12, 2013

    • Joe S.

      Thank you!!

      March 14, 2013

  • Kronda


    There was a woman sitting in the back who was using xDebug without phpStorm but I didn't have a chance to talk to you. If you see this, I'd love to get some more detail on how you're using xDebug. Either as a reply here or hello [at] kronda [dot] com. Thanks!

    March 12, 2013

    • Taylor D.

      netbeans ia also an IDE that will interface with PHPStorm. I would guess there are others. For text editor folks on a mac: http://www.bluestatic...­

      March 12, 2013

  • Zack T.

    Thanks to Taylor, Daniel, Weston, and Nathaniel for blowing minds with their awesome presentations!

    1 · March 12, 2013

  • D Michael W.

    Great meetup

    March 12, 2013

  • Steven S.

    Yeah, that was awesome! I'd drop some cash for just that, not including pizza/beer!

    March 11, 2013

  • Dewey H.

    Sweet! See you guys there.

    March 6, 2013

  • Weston R.

    The forked collection of WordPress PHP_CodeSniffer rules (sniffs) that I'll be talking about can be found at

    1 · March 5, 2013

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