WordPress & Javascript?

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By @MrAhmadAwais

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Ahmad Awais

Full Stack Web Developer & Regular WordPress Core Contributor

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Let's talk about development.

A, story first!

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It's about

Audio/Compact Cassettes

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$20 Billion to $WTF In 10 Years!

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Do you know

Google?

Yup, the giant "Search Engine"!

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The company went bankrupt

and closed in 2017!

Facebook & Amazon bought it!

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$2 Billion to $500 Billion

In 10 Years!

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Web is evolving in exactly the same way.

Some developers realize it while others are waiting for the high tide.

WordPress!

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Gutenberg is the new WordPress!

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Gutenberg = JavaScript Blocks!

JavaScript!

JavaScript is Exciting!

Why JavaScript?

Javascript Is Eating the World!

Visual Studio Code!

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Change is imminent!
What can you do about it?

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You can be smart about your progress!

"There are too many languages!"

"Which one should I use?"

"Everything is changing too fast!"

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I'm overwhelmed
& Confused.

[sigh]

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This talk is about how to learn and develop yourself and not just code.

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Self-learning

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Options

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Risk Analysis

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WordPress

#1.
Self-learning

Why self-learning?

How to teach yourself?

#2.
Options

The Employee

โ†’ The Employee

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Benefits

Stability

Easier road to pursue

Paid vacation ย 

Medical insurance

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Drawbacks

Lack of freedom

Income is capped

โ†’ The Freelancer

โ†’ The Freelancer

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Benefits

More Freedom

Create Projects

Potential to make more money

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Drawbacks

Finding work

Platform expenses

Trading one boss for many

โ†’ The Entrepreneur

People Who Care About Your Solution

People Who Are Using Your Solution

โ†’ The Entrepreneur

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Benefits

Complete freedom

Huge Earning Potential

Work on what you want

No boss

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Drawbacks

Most risky

On your own

Lot more skills

Focus + Long Hours

VC/Funding ~ Bosses

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Pick one. Whatever is best for you.

I've been an employee, a freelancer and
now I am an entrepreneur cum freelancer.

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Risk Analysis

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Take a calculated risk

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I knew the # of emails to send to get a client

You have tax-free $10 Million in your account,
and 10 years of your life left, what would you do?

#4.
WordPress!

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WordPress is Open Source

Which means that its code is written by all sorts of people, not a single company. And while this can sound crazy, it actually works.

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Community is the best part

Community is the best part of WordPress.

During the 12 years Iโ€™ve been a part of this community, Iโ€™ve seen people selflessly contribute to the core, companies hire employees just to improve WordPress in favor of five for the future, and have witnessed the communityโ€™s unfettered ability to share everything.

Contribute To WordPress

There are many ways in which you can contribute to WordPress.

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Build a WordPress Plugin or Theme โœ…

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Read WordPress Coding Standards ๐Ÿ‘‰

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Turning pro is a mindset!

If we are struggling with fear, self-sabotage, procrastination, self-doubt, etc., the problem is, weโ€™re thinking like amateurs. Amateurs donโ€™t show up. Amateurs crap out. Amateurs let adversity defeat them.

The pro think differently. They show up, they do the work, they keep on truckinโ€™, no matter what.

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โ€œSimply put, a professional is someone who takes their responsibilities and career seriously and is willing to make the tough choices that have to be madeโ€”often at their own expenseโ€”for the purpose of doing what they know is right.โ€

You vs U

WordPress Developer

WordPress vs Wordpress

(notice the lowercase โ€œpโ€)

WordPress vs Wordpress

(notice the lowercase โ€œpโ€)

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Whew. That was a lot.

Perspective is important!!!

WordPress will change your life if you let it!!!

โ€” Chris Lema

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Questions?

@MrAhmadAwais

AhmadAwais.com