WordTech! 2018

Update March 27, 2018: Speakers just received word that due to low ticket sales and sponsorship, WordTech! won’t be happening this year.

I’m proud to announce that I’ll be giving my Writing WP-CLI Commands That Work! talk at the inaugural WordTech! conference this Star Wars Day (May 4, 2018) in Toronto.

While this is a brand-new conference, I have a special attachment to it: Lead Organizer Peter MacIntyre (one of the organizers of Northeast PHP) reached out to Eric Mann and I all the way back in January of 2017 about organizing a new, development-focused WordPress conference; he noted that WordCamps often cater to the broadest range of developers, meaning it’s rare for a camp to have more than a few “advanced” development talks. While I’m a fan of development-oriented WordPress conferences (such as LoopConf), I don’t have the bandwidth to help organize a conference. I told Peter that I’d still be happy to submit when the CFP is open. Fast forward a year or so, and I’m excited to be among the inaugural batch of speakers!

WP-CLI at WordTech!

If you haven’t seen my WP-CLI talk before, it’s a look at the principles and structures of good WP-CLI commands, as well as performance, compatibility, and UI tips to build commands that make WP-CLI fun* to use.

WP-CLI is a great tool when you don’t need a fancy UI, need to write scripts to perform regular maintenance, or to provide deeper functionality to your awesome plugin. Like WordPress, it’s free, open source, and far more powerful than some people give it credit for.

This session covers the components necessary to write great WP-CLI scripts; from structure to execution, arguments to output, attendees should leave the session with everything they need to know to implement WP-CLI commands in their next project.

I hope to see you all this May in Toronto for the first WordTech! conference!

* Fun may be limited to people who derive pleasure from working with well-written command line programs, your mileage may vary.