Field Notes: Tech Inclusion 2015

Originally posted on The WordPress.com Blog:
Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer. Earlier this month, Happiness Engineers Kathryn Presner and David Cole, Theme Wrangler Michelle Langston, and…

Kellea’s first blog post

The title of this post is a bit misleading. My dad and I had a blog for our ill-fated attempt at biking across the U.S. in 2008. Still, this my inaugural individual posting on the world wide web. Hello. I dedicate this kick-off to my partner/husband/in-house tech advisor, Dan Walmsley, whose patience, persistence, and programming… Continue reading Kellea’s first blog post

Quick and easy WordPress development using Docker

TL/DR: Head over to this GitHub repo for a handy way to develop WordPress plugins and themes using Docker. I recently decided to create my first public WordPress plugin which provides basic FitBit stats for your blog. This was on a fresh laptop (the one handily provided by Automattic, my new employer), so I had the opportunity… Continue reading Quick and easy WordPress development using Docker

Fixing basic encoding issues migrating / upgrading a WordPress database

I recently joined Automattic as a Code Wrangler (more on that soon), and I decided now was the time to de-spam, combine and resuscitate my old WordPress blogs. Along the way I noticed a few annoying encoding issues crept in. The Wordpress XML exporter/importer, for example, double-escaped all my quotes so that <a href=”this”> became <a href=”this”>, which… Continue reading Fixing basic encoding issues migrating / upgrading a WordPress database

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How I test code

This post is inspired by a great piece by Rails creator DHH. My name is Dan, and sometimes I write tests first, and sometimes I write tests afterwards, and sometimes I don’t test at all because it would add brittleness for no benefit. Often I delete tests that I think have outlived their usefulness, or… Continue reading How I test code

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Sea of Love

First mix of a Cat Power cover – just piano and voice. I remember seeing her at the Punter’s Club back in… was it 1996? A lifetime ago. I didn’t appreciate what I was experiencing at the time. She’s pretty cool.

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Baby Kick Counter

This is a simple baby-kick counter for parents wanting to measure the movement of an unborn child. It measures the time you take to click the “kick” button 10 times.