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Practical WordPress Development

Practical WordPress Development

By Tom McFarlin
In which I answer listener questions and talk about the various aspects of applying software engineering in WordPress.
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In the Season 1 finale, I update you on what's going on with my family, what I'm up to, and answer a plethora of questions including: What are your favorite plugins that you use on all of or your most essential sites? Where do you begin at getting started with the Codex?  Do you like using Bootstrap when building sites or applications? What is the recommended approach for replacing the WordPress administration area? What advice do you have for unit testing, integration testing, acceptance testing, or any other types of testing? What is your opinion on Docker? What do you do site speed optimization for a site or application built on WordPress? What is life like working  remotely, being involved in fitness, being involved in sports, and your life in general?  How do you stay organized and productive during the workday? I also share some of the questions that have been submitted that I didn't answer.
August 30, 2019
On Gutenberg
First, a few things as to what's up both personally and professionally as well as a few thoughts on the nature of JavaScript in WordPress. Then, I answer the question: What are your thoughts on WordPress 5.0 and the Gutenberg Editor? In the answer, I touch on the nature of new technologies, React, why this is something developers and engineers should be excited about, and the reason why I don't focus much on the social nature of changes in the technology industry.
July 29, 2019
PHP, UI, UX, A11Y, APIs (Oh My!)
I talk about what's going on at home as we get ready to welcome our third kiddo into the world, I briefly touch on music and fitness in the blistering Georgia heat, and then shift gears to answer the following questions: With the upgrade of PHP to 7.0 coming in new year, what changes could WP make to make the code base better? Could you spell out some that would make breaking changes? How can intermediate WordPress developers improve their competency? It's a slightly longer episode than usual but the questions were good so I was glad to spend extra time answering them.
June 20, 2019
Events and Competence
In this episode, I recap my experience and thoughts of WordCamp Atlanta and talk about WordSesh 2019.  I also answer the following questions: What are some recommended PHP design patterns that are useful for WordPress theme and plugin development? How important is blogging in developing WordPress skill-competence?
May 17, 2019
Code Reviews (That's Alright)
In this episode, I talk a little bit about what's been going on regarding my current work in the WordPress economy, a heads up on WordSesh, and I answer the following question: I noticed that you and some other WordPress developers tweet about code review of each other code. I'm interesting are you working as freelancers on the same project or different one? Are you asking each other to check your code or it's a requirement from the client? Who is paying for code review? Oh! And for those of you who are fans of rock and roll, I talk about a trip I took a couple of weeks ago to Tupelo, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee if for no other reason than just the fun of it. I hope that's alright with you. 🎸 😎
April 9, 2019
It's a Trilogy (with Models and Music)
We're up to three episodes - a trilogy, if you will of the show. In this episode, I adjust the format again to focus more on questions and less on personal rants. I answer the following: What do you recommend in terms of design patterns when writing WordPress plugins? What does your music playlist look like a typically productive day? And I end the episode with a short discussion on Do Not Disturb and Screen Time and how I use these features, in iOS, to further improve time management.
March 4, 2019
Episode 2 - It's a Foundation
In this episode, I talk a bit about time management (and why there are things about it others don't talk about as much). I chat about what I'm currently reading, listening to, and I answer the following the question: What factors do you take into consideration when deciding between PHP various frameworks such as Laravel, WordPress, Symfony, etc.? In my answer, I share why I dislike the word "framework" and why I think we should be more precise in our terminology.
February 11, 2019
Episode 1 - Turn up the Signal
In this episode, I talk about what the show is going to be about and I answer the following question:  How can WordPress developers focus on deep work, and avoid the noise which occasionally surrounds the community?
January 22, 2019