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Designing and Debugging

  • Aug 21, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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INSECTICIDE! - James Devon

AKA Debugging your WordPress website. A quick look over the various techniques for debugging your WordPress applications. Bio James studied Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh and worked for 2 years at Micro Focus where he was a Java developer, developing a *cough* COBOL IDE for the Eclipse platform. Since then he has been doing mostly PHP based web development with WordPress and very small bit of Drupal. He is general tech enthusiast and can be found lurking around the Hacker News discussion pages.

Designing for WordPress and Web Design: Bridging the Gap Between Design and Development - Ngaire Ackerley

There often seems to be a gap in understanding between web design and development. In this talk, Ngaire will cover how to design for users in mind, what design principles are important to consider, and how these can be developed within a WordPress environment.

Ngaire Ackerley, Designer and Front-end Developer at LBDesign, a small Communications design agency with offices in the UK and US, that works with small to medium businesses and charities. Ngaire has been working in the design industry for over 6 years now, coming from a Computer Graphic Design background in New Zealand.

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  • Ngaire

    Hi Everyone, If you missed my tweet yesterday afternoon, I thought I'd share my slides from my 'Designing for WordPress and Web Design' presentation, so if anyone wants to check them out here they are:

    I welcome any questions, suggestions or feedback :)

    Thanks for being such a nice group to present to!


    1 · August 23, 2012

  • Gui A.

    Awesome! Having a talk about Design followed by one on debugging just made for a complete night of fun. Pity I couldn't come to the pub! Thanks guys, keep up with the great work.

    August 22, 2012

  • Neil M.

    Design was a good overview, debugging went a bit over my head but still brought away some useful info and links to explore thing further.

    August 22, 2012

  • Keith D.

    Really enjoyed both talks. I'm already installing some of the debugging tools James talked about!

    August 22, 2012

  • Graham A.

    Excellent informative presentations.

    August 22, 2012

  • Andy C.

    Comments on the debugging aspect.

    Someone (Ngaire?) asked if you should try and eliminate all of the warnings and notices from your site's code. I would recommend doing so, the reason is that they can knobble ajax code, and as James mentioned they can hamper debugging other issues. Wordpress also puts out it's own notices in the form of indicating depreciated API calls which you can checkout with the Log Depreciated Notices plugin.

    For debugging I'm currently using "Developer monitor by VentureGeeks" it works differently from the debug toolbar in that it passes all of the info back to the browser console (firebug, inspect etc). Internally it's using FirePHP which is definately a tool to investigate if you need to debug ajax code.

    Theme check and Plugin check plugins also do some Wordpress specific checks so you can ensure your theme/plugin is behaving nicely even if you don't plan to release it to the Wordpress directory

    August 22, 2012

  • Ngaire

    Great bunch of people and audience - it was a pleasure to present there and also listen to some great points in the Debugging talk! Much better room this time as well.

    August 22, 2012

  • Stephen P.

    Thought both talks where good and contrasted well. Enjoyed the evening. Thanks for organising it.

    August 22, 2012

  • Andy C.

    Very good, learnt more from the designing side as I knew most of the debugging stuff already

    August 22, 2012

  • Robert M.

    A great balance of subject matter this evening. Thanks to both speakers, as well as all that attended the pub to get their beer googles on!

    August 22, 2012

  • Martin

    Most of it over my head but I listened intently to the well presented talk. I noticed that "Code Staring," my default method, was not covered as a debugging tool. The other subject: much more familiar territory here. Nicely delivered and interesting stuff on design principles.

    August 21, 2012

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