Don’t ūüí© on Emoji in WordPress 4.2

WordPress 4.2 is almost here. ¬†Yesterday marked the release of Beta 4¬†and if everything goes as planned, the first RC will be available next week.¬†One of the “features” that people are talking about in both positive and negative terms in emoji support. I put feature in quotation marks because really, emoji support is a bug […]

Modernizing the WordPress Toolbox at PHPUK

Speaking at PHPUK was an amazing experience. ¬†I walked in only knowing one person, and walked out having had a hundred conversations and making some new friends along the way. Speaking about WordPress at a PHP Event was a new experience for me. I’m used to feeling like many people¬†know who I am at WordPress […]

Auto Activating WordPress Plugins is the right choice

During the WordPress 4.2 cycle, one of the goals was to do some work aimed at improving the experience of users when updating and installing plugins. ¬†While the decision was ultimately made to scale back to just updating for this release, the¬†code that installed plugins also automatically activated plugins when a user installs them. ¬†This […]

Five Years of Contributing to WordPress Core

Five years ago today, my first patch was accepted to WordPress core. Oh how the time has flown. This last year has been one of my most exciting years as a part of the WordPress contributor community. At the end of September, I was given commit access to WordPress Core. I was excited to join […]

User Testing WordPress at WordCamp San Francisco

  Three days before WordCamp San Francisco, during the weekly WordPress Dev Chat, I came up with and proposed the idea that we should use the conference as an opportunity to do user testing. It was a last minute idea, but it’s one that I found valuable and that I would encourage others to do […]

WordPress Hanukkah Releases

WordPress 4.1 is the fourth major version of WordPress and the sixth overall version of WordPress released during the festival of Hanukkah. ¬†The first release during latke time was WordPress 1.2.2 which came out on December 15, 2004. It was a patch release and the notes highlight it as: This release fixes a few bugs […]

PHP UK – Here I come!

In just about two months, I’ll be making my international speaking debut when I present “Modernizing the WordPress Toolbox” at the 10th Annual¬†PHP UK¬†conference in London. I’ll be talking about how updated we have updated the WordPress toolbox and build process from what would be considered antique at best. ¬†I’ll also talk a bit about […]

Color Is Based on Surrounding Color

“The redness isn’t a property of the apple. It’s a property of the apple in combination with a particular lighting that’s on it and a particular observer looking at it.” via These X’s Are The Same Shade, So What Does That Say About Color? : Shots – Health News : NPR. Next to typography, color […]