WPCampus 2019 concluded this past weekend with a wide range of substantial talks and topics. Thanks to Pantheon, there was a live stream and live captioning. Videos will be posted online as in past years. 🎓
WPCampus 2020 will be held on July 16-20, 2020 at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA
Parents who are thinking about bringing their kids to WordCamp US will be pleased to learn the event will be offering free on-site childcare all day for children ages six weeks to 12 years. 👶🏕️
The childcare provider is “a licensed conference childcare service” that will allow parents to drop off and pick up their kids throughout the day as your schedule requires.
Speaking of WordCamps, tickets are now on sale for WordCamp Asia (February 21-23 2020).
If you use WooCommerce and are looking for product review plugins, Colm Troy has a big review of his picks for the best. His top pick is Judge.me, and he goes into great detail about its capabilities. 🏆
Not sure if reviews might be a good idea for your site at all? Troy has some good advice on that too.
In a world where “learn this programming language in a day or weekend” sells books and courses. Peter Norvig explains why this might not be a good idea. He shares a recipe for programming success that covers learning over years and decades.
It's important to grasp fundamentals quickly today. Usually, you get on board with them fast, but it truly takes time and experience to gain mastery.
Here's a nice “UI cheat sheet” for text fields from Tess Gadd. It covers text field anatomy, structure, icons, text field states, autoformat, touch targets, accessibility, and more.
Video and Podcast Picks of the Week
📹 Here is my recommendation for video watching this week:
- Adam Culp on being a better software developer, in just 15 minues. It's the kind of common sense wisdom that seasoned coders need to hear now and again. Are the things you know you should do the things you actually have adopted as a diciplined practice?
🎙️ Three podcasts I've appreciated in the last few days:
- This “quick chat” (under 30 minutes) with Dianna Allen of Budget Meal Planner is a good one. Dianna started with a MailChimp newsletter and Wix website. Two months later she was on the Product Hunt homepage.
- Matt Mullenweg and John Maeda discussed the design team’s workflow at Automattic, probably the largest remote team of designers that currently exists. John also talked about his life growing up and in school, where one teacher made a huge difference. (~30 minutes.)
- The PHP Internals News podcast takes a brief (<10 minute) look into the deprecation of the curly brace syntax in PHP. (I didn't even know this was a thing!) There's also a longer episode devoted to testing PHP itself and how it's improving. (<25 minutes.)