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Best of Random Thoughts 2016 - Aaron Jorbin

Polyhistoric Man Of The Web

Best of Random Thoughts 2016

Best of Random Thoughts 2016

I like to publish my random thoughts on varius subjects.  I published 8 collections of them this year on a number of different subjects.  Here are my favorite ones from each of those 8.

Thoughts on the PHP 5.6 support timeline

We have to remember that the vast majority of end users and site owners don’t know what PHP is, let alone what version of PHP they are running.  Many have no control over the version of PHP they are running. It’s the hosts responsibility to ensure users are running an up to date server software and software vendors responsibility to ensure they work on the latest and greatest versions.

Thoughts on being an MC for A Day of Rest

It’s much easier to introduce people you know. I was lucky and knew every speaker (might be why I was given the honor of introducing everyone 😉). I tried to connect for at least a moment with each speaker so I knew how to pronounce names properly (important for everyone, including those that you worked with for multiple years)

Random Thoughts on the WP REST API and WordPress Core

Due to the fact that every WordPress site’s API is going to look a little different, clients for the API are going to have to be a “smart”.  This means they are going to have to consider getting both more data than they expected and less.  This is very different from a lot of other API clients where the response is consistent.

Random Thoughts on Pressnomics

The Jorbin Test seems to have had a mostly positive reception. I hope it helps other developers.

Random Thoughts on Finding Jobs

Know your skills and experience, but don’t let them hold you back.  A lot of times job descriptions will be written in a way that make you not feel qualified.  That might be your impostor syndrome talking.

Random Thoughts on… Teaching yourself to code

  • Fail.  Fail a lot. Failure is a gift.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
― Thomas A. Edison

Some More Random Thoughts on Default Themes

What excites me most about TwentySeventeen is all the pieces that will likely not be a part of the theme, but will be changes that the theme drives in core.

Random Thoughts on Selecting Speakers for conferences

Diversity is incredibly important for a speaker lineup as it helps present to an audience that all types of people are doing great, important things you should know about.  Diversity in this context means physical presentation (gender expression, age, race, disabilities, etc.), experience, reputation in the community, and employer.

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