I had the amazing privilege of attending WordCamp San Francisco this year. Having spoken at WordCamp Birmingham and WordCamp Atlanta on WordPress, I was thrilled to go to a WordCamp where I was just there to learn and absorb as much information in as possible.
I really enjoyed the sessions and absolutely loved meeting some of the really awesome people who attended. Personally, I was really challenged as a designer/developer to focus on themeing for future expansion and improvements, international capabilities, and for future sharing in the open source community.
One of the most informative sessions to me was Mitcho's "Abstract Your Code!" here is the description from the WordCamp SF website:
Abstract Your Code!
presented by Michael “mitcho” Erlewine
Writing code isn’t just about getting the job done, it’s about getting the job done right. In addition to being easier to read and maintain, one great advantage to writing properly abstracted code is that it is then easy to open-source it and give back to the WordPress community. Come learn about some best practices for writing portable, modular WordPress code and later open-sourcing that code as a plugin. Learn about the experiences of other programmers who have done client-sponsored open-source WordPress work and the benefits they reaped.
If anyone knows where there are videos or slides of that session.. I'd love to know and share it!
For those of you who were not able to attend, here's Matt Mullenweg's "State of the Word"
I would like to return to this mecca of WordCamp's next year if at all possible. A truly wonderful and challenging conference.
- sara cannon