Past Meetup

July Meetup (Turbocharging WP_Query, Taking Your JavaScript Further)

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67 people went


Turbocharging WP_Query
WordPress is a powerful, flexible platform capable of powering the largest sites on the web. Flexibility can come at the cost of performance, and in WordPress we see this when MySQL starts to choke on complex queries over large data sets. Can we alleviate this by shifting the weight of WP_Query off of MySQL? (Spoiler alert: Yes).

Matthew Boynes is a lead developer at Alley Interactive, where he's worked on sites such as the Kaiser Family Foundation and the New York Post. The only thing Matt loves more than solving complex problems with WordPress is helping others use and develop with WordPress. When he’s not coding, you’ll often find Matt engaged in some outdoor activity like hiking or skiing.


Taking Your JavaScript Further
Influenced by new libraries and frameworks designed to make structuring projects containing thousands of lines of JavaScript and creating single-page apps easier, the design of JavaScript code in WordPress core has changed quite a bit over the last few years. Using snippets from WordPress core as examples, this talk will breakdown a few approaches for writing modern JavaScript and share some of the recently added DOM APIs.

Gregory Cornelius is a code wrangler at Automattic and WordPress core contributor. Prior to moving to Boston, Massachusetts, Gregory spent ten years pursuing music degrees at schools in Missouri, Ohio, and Texas.

Along the way, he discovered that helping folks share their ideas on the web with WordPress was invigorating and has been doing so professionally since 2008.


This month's meetup is going to be developer-heavy. If you're a new or intermediate user looking to learn more before WordCamp Boston ( next month, be sure to check out the upcoming Beginner Workshop ( or Intermediate Workshop (, presented by The Toolbox Inc (