TL;DR – If you ping me directly for help with something, you will probably get it. BuddyPress & bbPress recently switched from IRC to Slack for real time synchronous communication. Philosophically, I prefer the openness of IRC, but I do appreciate how convenient Slack is for everyone, and it’s anecdotally a more inviting and active […]Read more "“I’m too busy”"
With each new software release that I’m fortunate enough to contribute to, I usually take some time (or lots of time) to reflect on a few different things that I think are critical to the project and myself: What went right? What went wrong? What did I learn? What can I do better? With BuddyPress […]Read more "January thoughts, BuddyPress 2.2"
Today, with a little help from my friends, the first new component to BuddyPress in several years saw it’s first commit into trunk this morning. BuddyPress’s new Notifications component is something I’ve had in my imagination since BuddyPress 1.0. It works identically to the previous core notifications functionality, and offers key features I’ve always wanted […]Read more "BuddyPress Notifications"
Siobhan McKeown recently authored an amazing post at Smashing Magazine about contributing to WordPress. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to share some of my own thoughts, mostly surrounding BuddyPress and bbPress. If you’re a part of the WordPress community, this is a great read, with ideas and suggestions from a few of […]Read more "Contributing to WordPress, BuddyPress, & bbPress"
I’ve fallen into a routine when building WordPress plugins; a few general rules are: Avoid creating new PHP globals. Avoid executing PHP code in the global scope. Generous use of Actions and Filters. I’ve decided to name the pattern I use Slash, which stands for: Singletons Loaders Actions Screens Handlers Singletons I didn’t love singletons in […]Read more "SLASH Architecture – My approach to building WordPress plugins"
Back in December of 2011, Matt and friends added the ability for WordPress plugins to have really pretty header images. For BuddyPress, I went through a few design iterations before settling on the header image pictured at the bottom of this post. I wanted it to be minimalistic and unique, so I took an hour […]Read more "Custom Plugin Header Image Label"
Hi, my name is John, and I’m an Open Source Software workaholic. I touched on it a bit in my WPCandy interview, and I thought I’d finish the story here with a few added thoughts. I live in a great neighborhood on the east side of Providence, RI. I work from home, rarely drive my car (ignore the […]Read more "Confessions of an Open Source Workaholic"