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From Blogger to WordPress Core Committer

From Blogger to WordPress Core Committer

At WordCamp London 2016 I talked about my journey from being a blogger and WordPress user to becoming a WordPress Core Contributor and eventually receiving commit access. By sharing my story I want to encourage people to do the same and help give back to the community.

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Pascal Birchler

April 09, 2016
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  1. From Blogger to Core Committer

  2. Pascal Birchler @swissspidy

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  4. Make WordPress great again

  5. Core Committer?

  6. My beginnings

  7. Baby steps into WordPress

  8. Swiss WordPress Magazine

  9. The ins and outs of WordPress

  10. It was great!

  11. Events

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  13. WordCamp Switzerland

  14. WordPress Zurich Meetup

  15. Just do it

  16. My first core contributions

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  18. WordCamp Europe

  19. core.trac.wordpress.org/changeset/25725 “props swissspidy”

  20. It felt amazing

  21. WordCamp Europe by night

  22. Breaking things

  23. WP_User_Query

  24. That was easy!

  25. Except it wasn’t

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  27. You learn from failure, not from success.

  28. On Feature Plugins

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  30. 20 contributors. 500 commits.

  31. Breaking things again

  32. if ( targetHost === sourceHost && activeElement === source )

    { window.top.location.href = data.value; }
  33. if ( targetHost === sourceHost && activeElement === source )

    { window.top.location.href = data.value; }
  34. if ( targetHost === sourceHost ) { if ( activeElement

    === source ) { window.top.location.href = data.value; } }
  35. Backwards compatibility

  36. Swiss chocolate

  37. WordCamp US

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  42. Committing in 3… 2… 1…

  43. core.trac.wordpress.org/changeset/35795 “Author: swissspidy […]”

  44. Looking back

  45. Why you should contribute to WordPress

  46. make.wordpress.org/ great-again

  47. Because WordPress

  48. It makes you a better developer

  49. It makes you a better designer

  50. It makes you a better project manager

  51. Swiss chocolate

  52. WordCamp US The people are awesome

  53. Thank you!

  54. Questions?

  55. Tea time! Photos: Silvan Hagen Florian Ziegler Sheri Bigelow Petya

    Raykovska Andrey Savchenko Stefan Pasch Marco Hartmann