WordCamp San Francisco Day 2

We did an overview of day 1 yesterday here on Theme.fm and today we’ll continue our journey today. We’re watching the live stream (as it appears) and posting some of the most exciting moments, tweets, quotes and photos from the sessions. All to this post so we’ll update once in a while and announce our updates on Twitter.

Today’s schedule is split in two rooms — hardcore backend dev stuff vs frontend and themes. We’ll be trying to keep up with both tracks but we can’t promise a full coverage. You can find the second day program right here and in case you’re still wondering, all the videos from all the sessions will be published and available for free at WordPress.tv

The show starts at 9 am San Francisco time (PDT) so we’re all ready and waiting :) Stay tuned! Meanwhile you can view our Facebook photo album from WordCamp San Francisco 2011 which we’ll be updating today and tomorrow too!

8:45 — Getting Ready

Seems like there are more people than yesterday but some are being late and sleepy after the happy hour drinks last night. The dilemma though is which track to watch — Debugging in WordPress by Andrew Nacin or Awesome Up Your Boring Theme: WordPress Post Formats by Ian Stewart:

Can’t decide which one we wanna watch now and which one later on WordPress.tv: @ vs @ #wcsf
@themefm

A job board where people could leave their notes. Cool!

WordCamp San Francisco Job Board

9:35 — Andrew Nacin vs Ian Stewart

Been switching from one room to the other, both presentations are so interesting! Andrew gave a great list of plugins to use for debugging in a WordPress environment (like Debug Bar) as well as some tips on not too popular constants, like SAVEQUERIES.

“If you use SAVEQUERIES in your production environment, @ will hunt you down” ~ @ on Debugging #wcsf
@themefm

Andrew also gave suggestions on some good IDEs: NetBeans, Komodo, and PhpStorm, although said that he’s not a fan of IDEs himself so he uses something as simple as TextMate, TextWrangler, etc.

Slides from my Debugging in WordPress talk at #wcsf: http://t.co/EFrDcc8
@nacin

Ian on the other hand is talking about the post formats techniques that he used in Twenty Eleven with a great explanation and code examples. Very neat tips about the template hierarchy, child themes and get_template_part.

Daryl Kooper and Chelsea Otakan up next on both tracks.

9:55 — “Decisions, Not Options” by Daryl Koopersmith

Things to watch out for when creating applications on top of WordPress, and in general too. Notes about scaling, security and usability. Here’s a good quote from Mark Jaquith and some more interesting tweets:

“If a plugin is insecure, it doesn’t matter what it’s supposed to do.” — @ via @ #wcsf
@nacin

2/3 of WordPress users are international via @ #wcsf
@dimensionmedia

“You can build the most complex software in the world, but if it’s not easy to use, you’re going to be its only user.” — @ #wcsf
@nacin

Seems like Andrew Nacin is really enjoying the show ;)

I wish more premium theme guys were in @‘s session right now. Never fear, I will personally email them the WP.tv link. :) #wcsf
@nacin

Daryl Kooper on Decisions, Not Options

“This… Is a bear. If I click this- are they going to maul my page? I am afraid of bears!” Oh @ #wcsf
@CailaB

For those who missed the joke, @‘s “This…is a bear,” was a reference to @, who will talk unit testing later today.
@WordCampSF

10:35 — Developing Secure Widgets by Mike Adams & CSS3 by Estelle Weyl

Mike started his presentation with a little bit about himself, his hat and his work at Automattic. Topic: XSS, SQL Injection, CSRF and more, on a fake “new social network”:

Mike Adams just introduced the GulliBunny social network to the world. Watch out, Facebook. #wcsf
@philip_arthur

“Embedding stuff in other people’s sites is dangerous” ~ @ on secure widgets session at #wcsf
@themefm

Mike used a neat plugin for WordPress for his presentation and did it on Twenty Ten.. Or Twenty Eleven ;)

“This is Twenty Ten.. Or maybe Twenty Eleven. My typography is not good enough to tell the difference” ~ @ at #wcsf
@themefm

Meanwhile in the Themes and Front End track Estelle Weyl talks about CSS3 and it’s packed:

WordCamp San Francisco Themes Track

Nice unintentional IE smackdown happening in CSS3 session at #wcsf I love the unintentional part.
@techguy

11:20 — Plugin Security Showdown

One of the sessions we’ve been looking forward to since yesterday! Mark Jaquith, Jon Cave and Brad Williams on stage with great rules and demos!

Security Showdown at WordCamp SF

Photo by @axl163

Rule #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5: Don’t Trust the User ~ @ @ & @ at Plugin Security Showdown #wcsf
@themefm

I consider it ironic that the premium theme panel is at the same time as the security panel. #noreason #wcsf
@nacin

If you are working w/ queries in your WordPress themes or plugins, aren’t using $wpdb->prepare – shame on you. #wcsf
@dimensionmedia

Great demos about plugin security although we didn’t see any ones of the submitted that were vulnerable, congrats! Also two good constants mentioned by Mark Jaquith — DISALLOW_FILE_MODS and DISALLOW_FILE_EDIT if you’re working through version control. Real life savers, so read more about them in the Codex.

None of the Security Panel speakers work for @, btw #wcsf (they’re still super awesome)
@chexee

“Tell the author privately about the vulnerability and give them a reasonable time to fix it.” ~ @ #wcsf
@themefm

And after a few more questions the event went all to lunch while live stream viewers sit and wait, but we did host a short Google+ hangout to chat about the event :) Bon appetite! And here’s the lunch queue:

WordCamp SF Lunch Queue

13:35 — Contributing to WordPress

Back from lunch and watching Aaron Campbell and Andy Stratton talk about contributing to the core. A very interesting topic about how designers, developers and even users can contribute to WordPress and the WordPress core.

Those wanting to contribute to WordPress, first step is to join IRC weekly metings and check out wpdevel.wordpress.com. #wcsf
@dimensionmedia

WordCamp SF Contributing

Designers should contribute to the WordPress.org Theme Repository and http://t.co/s16JvGd #wcsf
@themefm

If you want to get involved in translating WordPress (or Plugins / Themes) then visit http://t.co/lYx9cJS #wcsf
@westi

on contributing, I found @‘s WordPress Toolbox article very helpful http://t.co/JkKHrqS #wcsf
@trepmal

Alex (known as Viper007Bond) shares his first changeset that got into the WordPress core:

This is apparently my first changeset that got into the @ core: http://t.co/JqflJUd #wcsf
@Viper007Bond

Meanwhile on the Responsive Web Design session by Sara Cannon the place seems to be packed! Mark Jaquith and a copule of other folks were actually watching the live stream from the nearby room since they couldn’t get in with all those people :) Here are some interesting tweets and quotes:

“don’t round up, keep all numbers after the decimal point” re: responsive web design @ #wcsf
@tammyhart

Can also use WP conditionals in your templates with is_phone for responsive design. #wcsf
@cafenoirdesign

And on a question from Ozh on “how do you make wp-admin responsive” the web design session ended. Few minutes break and preparation for the next two sessions. Staying tuned!

“@: My Slides: Responsive Web Design – WordCamp San Francisco http://t.co/R9o5eVM#wcsf
@lukepilon

14:20 — Bendywords and CSS Pseudo Elements!

Jane Wells, Daryl Koopersmith and John James Jacoby created a game on WordPress called Bendywords. There’s no scoring yet but they’re working on it and talk about the backend during the session. Here’s a screenshot from the Bendywords game:

Bendywords at WordCamp SF

Don’t think #WordPress is flexible? #BendyWords proves you wrong! http://t.co/DwIAVXL #wcsf
@HeatherActon78

Chris Coyier is giving a talk about CSS pseudo elements, before and after content, first and last child, very exciting indeed!

Who’s crushing their CSS session at #wcsf? This guy -> @
@adriarichards

“I give people a gold star if their comment is awesome” @ @
@dholowiski

Sounds like @‘s presentation is going well. I’ll have to make sure to catch it on @! #wcsf
@Viper007Bond

Oh, puppy!

Oh Puppy at WordCamp SF

15:00 — Unit Testing and Getting to +1

So Nikolay Bachiyski gave a presentation about unit testing based on his own plugin. Quite an interesting topic but not really clear about what he wanted to show. We enjoyed it anyway, and so did Alex:

I think @ has convinced me to finally start using unit tests when writing my plugins, etc. #wcsf
@Viper007Bond

Didn’t get much of the talk but he was basically explaining how unit testing is important when developing themes, plugins and of course the WordPress core. He showed an example with Bearify how a bug was not noticed on the front end of the blog and how he had a hard time debugging it, while the test quickly revealed what was wrong. Great talk!

“We should embrace the warm and cozy feelings of unit testing.” @ #WCSF
@mikeleeorg

OH: “bearify.com is available!” “No it isn’t. I just bought it.” #wcsf
@markjaquith

In the other track Crystal Teams talks about negotiating features in open source teams. Great stuff to sit down and think about :)

“Your team members are probably not stupid, or crazy, or evil.. I hope!” ~ @ at #wcsf
@themefm

A few more questions and the sessions are over, next up in 15 minutes and meanwhile we spotted this very cool WordPress phone. Is this Tammy’s?

WordPress Phone at WordCamp San Francisco

15:50 — Writing Javascript Unit Tests

Aaron Jorbin is up next on the developers track stage, who by the way has an interesting project called Thirty Ten which is a Twenty Ten child theme that teaches you a bunch of stuff about child themes, quite a great find!

“Mistakes are gifts. Bugs are gifts. You don’t kick the bug-horse in the mouth.” @ #WCSF
@mikeleeorg

Venn diagram: “Things that are easy” and “Writing JavaScript unit tests” – the circles don’t overlap. @ at #wcsf
@nacin

Javascript is scary, but @ is still doing a good job explaining how to test it. #wcsf
@Viper007Bond

Aaron made quite a few good points about doing unit testing for Javascript in the WordPress core and promised to open up a few Trac tickets in the coming hours. Anyways, off to break before the last and one of the most exciting sessions of the day — Core Team Q&A! Here are the slides from the JS session:

My Slides about JavaScript Unit Testing are now onlne: http://jorb.in/46 #wcsf
@aaronjorbin

And here’s the opened trac ticket for the password meter:

I created a ticket and patch to improve the WordPress Password meter (as mentioned in my presentation) – http://jorb.in/47 #wcsf
@aaronjorbin

16:50 — Core Team Q&A

Great Q&A session with Andrew Nacin, Mark Jaquith, Jane Wells, Daryl Koopersmith and others. Questions from the audience and answers from the core team. First question was how they feel about MySQL being acquired by Oracle — silence and laughter :)

“I’m the most senior person working on WordPress that isn’t on @ ‘s payroll.” @ #wcsf
@dimensionmedia

If we need to switch from MySQL there are already a couple of other open-source forks we could switch to like MariaDB or Drizzle #wcsf
@westi

.@ “I’ll be 30 next year.” @: “You’re not 29 yet!” @: “I’ll be 29 this year.” #WCSF
@TJList

Core Team Q&A on WordCamp

Photo credit: @wonderboymusic

@ “media gallery is something we’ve delayed working on for a few versions.” @ “try half a decade!” #wcsf
@alltheinterwebs

Otto launched a new service called Placebear — sweet!

After several presentations mentioned bears today, I was inspired. Therefore I bring you http://t.co/rn2rilh #wcsf
@Otto42

The Philosophies that guide WordPress http://t.co/KjuXgbA #wcsf
@aaronjorbin

Andrew Nacin almost gave out something about plugin reviews and security that Matt Mullenweg will talk about on Sunday #blamenacin :) And the WordPress Themes Reviewers Team got mentioned by Andrew as well, great job!

.@ asks core team what they code on if they couldn’t code on WordPress for a year… LONG PAUSE #wcsf
@dimensionmedia

.@ would do Ruby and Minecraft mods. @ building news apps in Python. @ learning management systems. #wcsf
@dimensionmedia

17:30 — Closing Remarks

So the time is out but the core team is still on stage. Jane did a short announcement on the evening schedule, the happy hour and what’s coming up next day. After the announcement the Q&A continued, Jane said they could stay until six as long as there are questions :)

Core developers (svn) checkout the whole themes and plugins directories to run quick checks and fixes — @ at #wcsf
@themefm

LOL “There’s actually a function in WordPress called ‘Doing it wrong’. Look it up” @ #wcsf
@JeffLee

More comments by Jane, Mark and Andrew about mobile blogging and publishing, about the WordPress native application for the various platforms and then a great deal of time dedicated to contributing to WordPress, submitting patches and reporting security holes to WordPress — don’t write a blog post about it but report it to security@wordpress.org.

And on that note the Q&A session has finally ended and everybody leaves for their happy hour. Well done everyone, thank you for all the sessions and for teaching us more great stuff today! Too bad the two tracks both had awesome sessions at the same time so we couldn’t really follow them all which is why our overview is a little selective. We did try and pick out the best tweets from both tracks though, even when we didn’t watch one of them :)

And this ends our live blog for today. Thank you so much for tuning in and hope you see you again tomorrow, same time and same place with sessions for content creators and power-users. Matt is giving his “State of the Word” presentation too, so stay tuned!

Continued: WordCamp San Francisco 2011 Day 3