MWUG notes from Wednesday 21 January 2015

Some notes from last night’s MWUG meeting. Something I don’t get along to often enough, as Mike has mentioned on occasion. :)
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Business and Open Source

At WordCamp Europe 2014, I described how working with Open Source has enabled me to grow in business, and to grow my business. I talked about the tensions between Open Source and traditional business instincts, and shared how giving in to giving stuff away has powered my growth as a consultant working with WordPress.

If you’re interested in exploring these tensions further, and looking into the philosophical underpinnings of the WordPress project and the Open Source movement, I wholeheartedly recommend Siobhan’s talk: “WordPress: Bringing Ideas to Life”. Continue reading Business and Open Source

PHPNW12: Effective code reviews

A really entertaining talk, with great slides, by Sebastian Marek at PHPNW12 on Code Reviews. As usual, the notes below are a mix my understanding of what Sebastian said and what I was thinking as he said it. If I’ve misunderstood or misheard, just let me know in the comments.

Introducing the characters (cute little character drawings in the slides):
Tom “I want it done” the owner
Harry “just get it done” the manager
…I missed the others :)

Take a process: design, coding, code review, testing. But do we really need to review the code? “Surely the testing covers the testing, and you guys already know how to code, right?”

“We’re nearly done, just need to review the code”
“But we’re busy, we have no-one spare, let’s just push it out…”

“I need John Senior to review my code.”
“He’s busy, you can have Bob Junior”
“But…”

“We do all these code reviews, it’s still buggy, we’re spending all this time, it’s just not working. We’re abandoning the reviews.” Continue reading PHPNW12: Effective code reviews

Great day at Barcamp Manchester

Barcamp Manchester, held yesterday at the MEN Media HQ, was great and made it clear to me once again that there’s a great web community up here in the North. A very exciting place to be at the moment, and I’m convinced things here will only get better. Barcamps are always an opportunity to meet new people, catch up with existing friends, and recharge your mind with some fresh ideas; this one was no exception. Interesting talks on Microformats, accessibility, PR, interactive narratives, developing for teenagers and NorthCrew.

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Simon Wheatley: Introduction to WordPress at BarCamp Leeds 2007

My session for BarCamp Leeds was on “An Introduction to WordPress”, and I put together a nice graphical presentation for it… only to find the laptop playing up and unable to connect to the screen!

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BarCamp Leeds

Very excited to be signed up for my first BarCamp, and the first BarCamp Leeds ever. Big thanks to Deb, Imran Ali, Tom Scott & Dominic Hodgson for organising this.

Now I’ve just got to work out what to talk about, ideas so far:

Lots of thinking and then planning to do…

Update: or split testing…