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How WordPress Changed My Life

How WordPress Changed My Life

At WordCamp Europe 2016 I talked about how that conference helped me overcome my fears and contribute more to WordPress — eventually leading to getting commit access to WordPress. 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

June 25, 2016
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  1. How WordPress Changed My Life

  2. Pascal Birchler @swissspidy

  3. Core Committer?

  4. My Beginnings

  5. Baby Steps Into WordPress

  6. The WordPress Magazine

  7. The Ins and Outs of WordPress

  8. Where Is Everyone?

  9. Building Communities

  10. WordCamp Switzerland

  11. WordPress Zurich Meetup

  12. Do it

  13. – Taco Verdonschot “If there is no WordPress Meetup in

    your city yet, you are the one to organize it.”
  14. My First Core Contributions

  15. Impostor Syndrome

  16. WordCamp Europe

  17. WordCamp Europe by Night

  18. WordCamp Europe

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

  20. It felt amazing

  21. You Are Not Alone

  22. Breaking Things

  23. WP_User_Query

  24. That was easy!

  25. Except it wasn’t

  26. None
  27. You Learn From Failure Not From Success

  28. On Feature Projects

  29. None
  30. 20 contributors. 500 commits.

  31. Do it

  32. Breaking Things Again

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

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

    === source ) { window.top.location.href = data.value; } }
  36. Backwards Compatibility

  37. Swiss Chocolate

  38. WordCamp US

  39. None
  40. None
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  42. None
  43. Committing in 3… 2… 1…

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

  45. Looking Back

  46. Paying the Bills

  47. Why You Should Contribute to WordPress

  48. Make WordPress Great Again

  49. make.wordpress.org/great-again

  50. Because WordPress

  51. It Makes You a Better Developer

  52. It Makes You a Better Designer

  53. It Makes You a Better Project Manager

  54. Swiss Chocolate

  55. None
  56. Thank You!

  57. Questions? Credits: Kevin Walker Silvan Hagen Florian Ziegler Sheri Bigelow

    Petya Raykovska Andrey Savchenko Stefan Pasch Marco Hartmann