Speaker Spotlight: Mike Van Winkle | Developing for WordPress with Git Push

Hey Denver,

My name is MIke Van Winkle, Wink for short, and I’m one of the lead developers at WP Engine.  That means I get to answer support tickets and build tools that you hopefully use on a day-to-day basis with the WordPress sites that you build.

I’ve been developing with WordPress since 2004, and have been a professional developer for 5 years. But it wasn’t until just about two years ago that I started working with Version Control systems like .SVN and .Git. At first it seemed too complicated to be useful, but it wasn’t long before I was slapping myself on the forehead: why did I wait this long !

At WordCamp Denver, I’m going to deploy a brand new presentation that we’ve developed about the best practices of using .git for version control called “Deploying code with .Git: Everything you always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask.” The hope is that by demystifying the major concepts behind .Git, as well as version control in general, we can further increase the adoption version control in the WordPress Community.

The presentation will be hosting agnostic, so every developer interested in version control can come and apply the best practices we’ll put forth to their WordPress site. We will stay pretty technical, walking through concepts like creating a repo, committing files, versioning, and using .git to work in teams and avoid “Cowboy Coding.” We’ll also compare .git to SVN and explain why .git has some key advantages for WordPress developers. There will be a walkthrough with screenshots to show you the deployment process, and we’ll conclude with your questions.

If we run out of time and you still have questions, we can keep the conversation going over beers at the afterparty 🙂

See you all at WordCamp!

Link to speaker website: http://www.www.wpengine.com

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