Developer: wp.awesome! Little known WordPress JS helpers

For our next Developer's meetup, Luke Woodward from 10up will be stopping by to discuss some of the lesser known JS APIs in WordPress. His talk description is as follows:

It is pretty hard to miss the cool new Media Modal that came to WordPress core in 3.5. Backbone and Underscores are exciting additions that allow more scalable Javascript creation, both on the front and back end of the system. These are major additions to the code base and real wins across the board.

Along with these great new tools came some other, smaller utilities and helpers that make the life of a WordPress Javascript developer just a bit easier; however, they have received almost no attention. Most developers I've spoken to don't even know they exist! So let's explore just some of the hidden wonders in the 'wp' object.

We'll look at:

* wp.ajax - A jQuery ajax wrapper that makes ajax a breeze. All you need is an action and a callback function. * wp.template - A templating method that makes turning data into DOM node just a bit easier. * wp.shortcode - Shortcode parsing in Javascript, because who in their right mind wants to write that. * wp.html - A way of representing HTML as a Javascript object.

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  • Faddah Steve Yuetsu W.

    great and really well done presentation by the presenter, making the use of JavaScript lib helpers in the wordpress core very understandable and usable. other presenters would do well to take note of his slides and presentation - all type & code on screen were very readable, he did not move to fast or crowd too many bullet points in any one slide, etc. excellent knowledge shared.

    1 · April 16, 2014

  • Joel T.

    Excellent walk through. So many cool things that can be done. It looks like I'll be diving into some more JavaScript soon.

    April 14, 2014

  • Karen L. A.

    I really wanted to go, but one of my kids had an issue come up that needed my attention and I have to use the time I used to resolve that to take care of something else. Do you have a cheatsheet or something similar to assist a person who is trying to setup up a wordpress account?

    April 14, 2014

    • Kronda

      Hi Karen, can you clarify your question? Do you need help setting up an account on or setting up a WordPress site on your own server?

      April 14, 2014

  • Michael P.

    What floor are the conference rooms on for this?

    April 14, 2014

    • Taylor D.

      Conference rooms on the ground floor. Northeast corner of the building

      April 14, 2014

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