WordCamp Europe was held this past October 5th – 7th. This was my fifth WordCamp of 2013 and by far the biggest one. I’m late posting this partly because of something that happened the first day of the camp. Because it’s almost two months after the camp my memory is a bit foggy, but I still wanted to reflect on the awesome time I had at the event.
Leiden is a very cool city!
As I mentioned in my WooTrip highlights post the camp was held in Leiden, Netherlands. Leiden is a 30 minute train ride southwest of Amsterdam. The venue for the camp was Stadsgehoorzall Leiden which is an absolutely gorgeous concert hall. This is by far the classiest venue of a conference I’ve been to.
Talks I Attended
‘Pirate’ Dunbar’s talk kicked off the camp and was an overview of PHP Unit. This is something I definitely need to incorporate into my plugin workflow.
Rarst talked about incorporating Composer into your build process for dependency management. Prior to the talk I had heard of Composer in a cursory sense so didn’t know the bets place this fit in, but Rarst did a good job of introducing the tool and showing examples.
Kim talked about how MailPoet (formerly Wysija) is using the freemium model to build a business. He had some interesting opinions of newsletter delivery on the server vs. off the server.
Brad did a great job of overviewing the challenges that exist with plugin code and techniques for keeping plugins and data secure.
Q&A – Matt Mullenweg
This was my first time seeing Matt speak in person.
Noel is a partner at Human Made who created happytables – a SaaS for restaurants to create and manage websites.
Dre runs a company that specializes in WP Security and knows his stuff.
This was a fantastic way to end the camp. Joost, or Yoast talked about the state of open source and how businesses making money with “free” software is possible and forms an equilibrium. More at this post.
Meeting other WooCommerce Developers
Another bonus of the camp was getting to meet up with other WooCommerce plugin developers. I had dinner and spent time with Beka and Max Rice from SkyVerge. They are two very cool folks that do great work.
I work with the WordPress partner developers in supporting WooThemes customers and to date had only ever communicated over email and IRC. It was great to be able to share a beer and talk in person.
A fun time was had by all, and I will disavow any video or photos of me that surface 🙂