WordPress Thursdays!

wordpress-588495_1280We’ve been doing a WordPress work along for several months now and as it’s picked up in popularity and we’ve gotten more WordPress experts interested we’re moving from once a month to three times a month. Several local website development companies that work with WordPress are sponsoring these which is really awesome! Our current schedule looks like:

 

  • First Thursday of the month – Orphic Workshop, Ken Hargis & SWCP, Jamii Corley
  • Second Thursday – Noventum Consulting, Brian Stinar
  • Third Thursday – Hermes Development, Jay Renteria
  • Fourth Thursday – General WordPress Meetup, presentations, pizza, conversation
  • Fifth Thursday – if there is one, we rest 🙂

What’s happening at Ideas and Coffee?

The last few months has been fun watching lots of projects coming together at the Coworking Jellies and the WordPress work alongs. Here are a few of the things people are working on.

The Traveling Desk

IMG_7419Alice and Janet have been developing a light-weight, inexpensive, portable standing desk. It’s on it’s third revision and has a really nice design. Alice is a hardware hacker who specializes in low-cost solutions to help people with handicaps. Check out her website at 505 Access. Janet is a free lance developer working with node, angular, phantomjs and several other Javascript technologies.

Eco-friendly Tours

EcotripmatchTerry had the idea that most travel websites really didn’t provide a lot of help when you were trying to arrange a vacation to somewhere special, unusual, adventurous, and out of the major tourist scenes. If you want to spend a night in a hut in the middle of the rainforest, how do you arrange that? Eco Trip Match is the tool you need!  Check it out at EcoTripMatch!

 

East meets West

DSCN1400-2-300x300Joyce created a marvelous blend of asian and southwestern culture in her website Sashiko Southwest. Using the techniques of Japanese sashiko stitching and the traditional southwestern designs she’s created patterns and kits for a wide range of beautiful products. Joyce has built a WordPress e-commerce site and blog and is becoming a WordPress expert.

Travel Stories

Screen Shot 2016-07-12 at 1.49.40 PMTraveling seems to be a theme these days. Kendra of Zunguka has created a website to collect travel stories from around the world. It’s meant to be a repository of interesting tales of travel, and a way to get more personal information about a place. If you’re interested in reading interesting stories or adding to her collection please visit her website: Zunguka.org.

WordCamp 2016

The worst thing about being on the organizing committee for WordCamp is how few of the talks you get to go see 🙂 However I did sneak out to see several in the morning, starting with Sam Hotchkiss’s excellent introduction to security talk, Security 101. He covered the basics of having a more secure site really well, and now I have pointers to things I need to know more about. My short list for this is:

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Save the date!

We’re planning a small WordCamp in April, geared towards people actively using WordPress. No beginners sessions this time (that’s for a future event). We’ll be limiting attendance to 100 people so if you’re interested, sign up soon. We’re actively seeking volunteers and speakers. Get in touch on our event website.

Busy week at Ideas & Coffee

This week has been fun at Ideas and Coffee. We had Sam Hotchkiss’s very popular WordPress Developers Meetup on Monday. Alonso and Florian of Hermes Development spoke about developing plugins for customers. On Wednesday at RubiABQ, Cliff continued working on bringing the Built in New Mexico website up to Rails 5. It was a struggle with GitHub being down for about half an hour. There are an amazing number of things that become more difficult with GitHub being unavailable, but we got lots of interesting information none the less. Thursday brought the general WordPress Meetup on the topic of Themes. Thanks to Alonso, Florian, and Sheelah we got some insight into how people create bespoken WordPress themes using UnderScores. And we had a fun conversation about what all to look at when evaluating a WordPress theme.

I completely failed at taking pictures during the events. Too busy enjoying the great flow of information, so I’m attaching a picture of the Sandias as a bonus 🙂

Pattern Blocks and Tilings

We had an amazing presentation today at the iOS developers workshop, by Louie and Bob. They are in the process of building a tool that works with pattern blocks and allows you to build complex tilings and impressive art. The process starts out with simple shapes that you can combine by joining edges. The blocks you’re joining together reorient and rescale dynamically to fit together seamlessly. These can be saved as patterns themselves. They have a clever way of joining a block to itself (by tapping on two edges) that reproduces the original block, reorients and joins them. And there’s a way to do that repetitively in a circle or in a line to create amazingly complex patterns.

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