Let’s code!

As a full-time sponsored member of the WordPress Training Team at Automattic, one of the things I get to do is host weekly online coding workshops for Learn WordPress. I’ve labeled these workshops “Let’s Code” as I typically live code a solution to something during the hour.

This page is a collection of my Let’s Code online workshops, which are all available on WordPress.tv.

Creating your first child theme for WordPress
Creating your first plugin
The WordPress Shortcode API
An introduction to Block Development
Using the create-block Tool to scaffold your first block
Converting a Shortcode into a Block

Latest Posts


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  • What Is the Best Local Web Development Environment for macOS?

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  • Belief

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    #ClickPublish When I was young, I believed I was allergic to mac and cheese! I won’t go into the details of why, but that belief was so strong that once at a pre-grade 8 summer camp, I refused to eat dinner one night because it was mac and cheese. To this day, I still don’t […]

  • 10 Things I Hate About Ubuntu

    I generally consider myself someone to be open to new experiences and prepared to consider both sides in any given discussion. This does sometimes mean that I may express opinions that are not popular. As Morten once reminded me so well, “The devil’s advocate advocates for the devil”, and he’s not wrong. After I posted […]

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  • Using a MacBook as a Long-time Ubuntu User – Preparation

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    If you read my last post, after 30 years of using computers, I bought my first Apple laptop. I’ve long been opposed to using Apple products for various reasons. However, the combination of the new Apple silicon and a requirement for access to an Apple computer for my work means that I now own an […]

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