So it’s Friday and we’re at the event. Some of us are in the conference hall, some are watching (or at least trying to watch) the live stream, others are simply following the Twitter stream. We’ll keep this post as a pseudo-live blog, we’ll try to gather the most interesting tweets, photos and things said at the conference. We won’t auto refresh the page, but rather write the stuff from top to bottom, and maybe split it in a few pages if it there’s too much. Enjoy the first day!
All times are San Francisco (PDT) timezone.
9:55 — Making Our Way In
We’ve been trying to access the live stream for over an hour now, no luck, and everybody seems to be having the same problem, including our competition winner earlier today.. Oh well here’s what we do have:
We’ll keep trying our way in and meanwhile here are a few interesting tweets we have seen so far during the first BuddyPress and the WordPress Ecosystem sessions:
10:20 — Still Struggling
No news from the organizers, only that they’re still investigating the issue and trying to fix whatever is broken. Everybody’s getting errors when trying to log in via their live stream ticket. But don’t worry, all the sessions are recorded and will be live on WordPress.tv in a couple of weeks! Oh and here’s a photo of the morning queue to the conference, just received it.
Anyhow, eMusic.com up on stage talking about their infrastructure. Here’s what we got:
And 14% of the web, how cool is that! Wow, I remember the figure was around 10% during WordCamp SF last year, and then Toni mentioned 12% on a panel at LeWeb at a panel together with Matt Mullenweg. That’s a great increase, well done!
10:40 — Alright, We’re Online!
There we go, the live stream seems up and running, although the picture’s a little funny (funny in Chrome in OS X Lion, Safari is okay), frames keep going back and forth. Nice option to switch between the two available rooms, and Barry seems to be the guy who fixed it :)
11:10 — Mark Jaquith on Scaling Servers
Great talk by Mark on scaling servers. Nginx got it’s love, object cache and Memcached too. Mark talked about Cowboy Coding, scaling from 1 server to two and upwards. Very interesting topic and will be followed up on Mark’s blog. And some great questions from the audience too :)
W3 Total Cache got praised and Batcache too. WP Super Cache wasn’t mentioned :) Subversion was mentioned as an old school version control. Git and Mercurial, and most importantly:
David Bisset noticed at the end of the session ;)
11:50 — Multilingual WordPress and Migrating from Drupal
Both talks in two different rooms, not as exciting as the previous topic but quite interesting too. Multi-lingual tips for setup and SEO and some SQL queries on screen on the Drupal talk :) Blaming W3 Total Cache…
And then a lunch break, bon appetite!
13:00 — Just Chilling Out
Everybody (especially the ones watching the live stream) is waiting for the end of the lunch break to continue with the sessions. Meanwhile, people are walking around, talking to other people, chilling out and taking pictures. Cool!
Seems like they’re out of T-shirts, oh well! Jane said that everybody will (hopefully) get their T-shirts after the conference, including the people who bought the $45 live stream passes, and by the way the quality is awesome!
More about T-shirts, this great tweet and photo from Joachim Kudish:
Lightning sessions are up next, here’s the lightning sessions schedule for Friday.
13:40 — Lightning Sessions
First lightning session we watched was about UppSite, interesting talk and approach at native mobile apps for WordPress content. Seems like Ryan from WPCandy is considering trying it out for their iPhone app:
A few other lightning sessions about another WordPress to iPhone app conversion, e-commerce analytics for WordPress from Storefront Themes and a few others. It’s all great, but I know we’re all waiting for this!
A great and a very lightning fast speech about bbPress :) Awesome example with Twenty Ten and Twenty Eleven, but for some reason John James used his own laptop, cheating eh?
At the end of the lighting sessions in the developer track, the girls made a live demo of WordCamp T-shirts, talked about sizes and showed off :) As Mark pointed out:
14:20 — The Otto & Nacin Show
Definitely one of the sessions we’ve been looking for, and looking good so far. Andrew and Otto are looking good and Andrew’s a little loud too ;) We loved this quote from Otto about Facebook:
Oh and our T-shirts have arrived and seems like we already have a few lucky early adopters! Adria Richards is giving them away at the conference.
But okay, back to the Otto and Nacin show, caching, transients, multi-site. Go:
Damn I love Andrew’s style :) And Otto’s T-shirt. These guys really know what they’re talking about, but the question remains — why isn’t all this stuff documented in the Codex? C’mon volunteers, this stuff is great, we should write about it!
A good question from the audience — somebody asked about what is the worst part of the WordPress codebase, and after some thinking everybody seems to have agreed that the admin menus are and there’s a comment in the core code somewhere that says something like “you didn’t read this” :)
It also turns out that absolute permalinks have been chosen over relative permalinks for several reasons — management costs (running a search and replace through a database dump), viewing your content in feed aggregators and on other websites and the whole directory vs. web link (rewrite) structure at some point. Andrew also mentioned that they’ll do their best to get rid of serialized absolute URLs.
Heard the Tabletracker presentation was great as well, 4 guys in 4 weeks and Github, that’s all we heard.. But we’re sticking to the developers track for a while ;)
15:00 — Deep Voodo by Andy Skelton
Great session started from the rewrite engine that powers WordPress. A short explanation of how the routing goes, regular expressions, etc, and as Andy said, that doesn’t seem that voodooe does it? ;)
Then Andy talks about how bbPress does the real voodoo by adding new rewrite rules to WordPress and how luckily custom post types does most of the work for you. bbPress might be a great tutorial on how to add rewrite URLs to WordPress.
A question from the audience: why are custom post types so slow, does it have anything to do with the rewrite rules? Andrew Nacin shook his head, an took his attempt to answer:
And finally we got a photo from Adria Richards holding up the exclusive Theme.fm T-shirt. We gave away 6 of these at the conference, rest will get super-cool bookmarks!
So off to a short break after the session, a little chit chat here and there, and next up is Ask Barry (About Scaling, Servers, or WordPress.com Infrastructure) by Barry Abrahamson.
16:00 — Ask Barry
Barry set up a Q&A website on P2 and WordPress.com over at askbarry2011.wordpress.com and took questions online, I think that’s an awesome approach since the live stream attendees had a chance to ask their questions as well! About caching on WordPress.com:
Most of the questions to Barry were answered but of course there wasn’t time for all the questions that were posted during his session. Barry mentioned that he’ll go back to that website and answer all the question after the session. Ian is totally right about this:
So yeah, that was a really impressive talk and and insight into WordPress.com and Automattic, but the “wow” part is this:
Anyhow, we love swag and we love giving swag too, so after all the exclusive T-shirts were gone, we got out with our bookmarks which look sweet as well!
16:35 — Building Custom CMS Applications on WordPress
Michael Erlewine started this quite interesting talks with examples from his experience in MIT. And from the CMS part he took the “C” and the “M” which are most important among developers too! A little bit of philosophy here too :)
And a great slide/function by Michael — Jane should not be working on the weekends!
17:00 — Closing Remarks
Well that seems about it! Day one came to an end, we’ll see some more great stuff tomorrow and the day after. Meanwhile Jane’s giving the closing remarks (according to the schedule), but wait, Matt Mullenweg’s on stage talking about the Happy Hour :) and of course thanking the sponsors and micro-sponsors of WordCamp San Francisco!
Tomorrow starts at the same time, same places. They found the missing stickers and seems like on Saturday there’ll be a whole load of them! Doors are open at 8am, sessions start at 9.
Well, seems like it’s over for today, so thank you for dropping by over at Theme.fm and hope to see you tomorrow same time same place, and same Twitter account of course. Let us know what you think of this post, the format and the content. Did you miss anything, was there something we should have mentioned or tweeted? Use the comments section below to leave a message and see you soon!
P.S. We’ve got a few photos from the event on our Facebook profile and I’m sure you can find loads more on Twitter.