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Developing and Debugging WordPress

With a very low barrier to entry, developing with WordPress has become particularly popular in the past few years. However, this sometimes means that standards and best practices aren't well respected. The aim of this talk is to (re)introduce developers to some of WordPress' coding standards and general best practices, as well provide you with tools to become a better developer. This will be a resourceful presentation for anyone beginning/interested in/or even long-time developing with WordPress.

Joachim will show you how to use hooks and filters, create your own plugins (instead of always using that functions.php), make use of the mu-plugins folder, how to incorporate various constants into your wp-config.php file; as well as debugging tools and must-have plugins for any developer.

Although there will be slides and prepared content, the small(er) size of the meetup (vs. a WordCamp presentation) means you'll be able to interrupt with your questions and the audience will be able to guide the direction of the presentation. There will be a blog post with all of the presentation's content shortly after, so don't worry about writing everything down.

Who should attend:

This session is aimed primarily at developers (anybody who builds client sites, themes or plugins). An understanding of WordPress development and PHP is strongly recommended, but beginners and enthusiasts are certainly welcome. Overly basic questions may, however, be left until the end of the presentation in order not to slow-down the remainder of the group.

Speaker Bio:
Joachim Kudish (or Joey as he's most often referred as) is as a freelancer web developer and occasionally teams up with bigger agencies, building WordPress plugins and complex WordPress-based website solutions. He loves participating (and speaking when possible) at WordCamps and meetups, with previous experience at the Montreal, Portland and San Diego WordCamps. Outside of the web world, he's an avid coffee drinker & dog lover (with 2 pups of his own).

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  • Michael S.

    Excellent information & presentation. Learned lots.

    April 5, 2012

  • Alec M.

    Some of it was above my head, but some really useful and helpful information. Thanks!

    April 4, 2012

  • Brian T.

    packed with very useful info. thanks Joachim

    April 3, 2012

  • Flynn O.

    Good summary of the major points of debugging WordPress and loved the plugin recommendations.

    April 3, 2012

  • Jim A.

    Wonderfully presented and Joey was very approachable for questions after his presentation.

    April 3, 2012

  • Christine R.

    Great presentation by Joey. Lots of useful info and good reminder of best practices.

    April 3, 2012

  • Randall St. G.

    Joey's is very knowledgeable with WordPress and programming. His presentation was excellent. Thanks Vanessa and Morten for organizing.

    April 3, 2012

  • Jeff

    Joey was a great presenter. Organized & knowledgeable about the topic, with an easy-going approach.

    April 3, 2012

  • Joey K.

    The slides for tonight's meetup are up a few hours ahead, if anyone wants to follow along or for those who can't make it, here they are: You can also provide feedback via

    April 2, 2012

  • Joey K.

    Wow! That filled up quickly, pressure is on! Everyone attending: I want to make this as fun as possible and a learning experience for most, please let me know if there's anything specific you'd like me to cover during the meetup (as long as it's WordPress development related and wouldn't take a whole hour to cover). Looking forward to this!

    March 15, 2012

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