Adding Formatting Buttons to the Block Toolbar in Gutenberg

In April last year, I had a lot of fun doing a live coding session for the WordPress Block Editor. The demo was hosted by Birgit Pauli-Haack as part of the Gutenberg Times, Live Q & A series. I paired with Zac Gordon, an educator at JavaScript for WordPress with a ton of Javascript online courses for WordPress developers. This is what we covered:

We explored how to customize format controls like bold or italics and extend the block toolbar with your control allowing to change the color of the selected text.

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JavaScript for WordPress Conference 2019

In my presentation from the 2019 JavaScript for WordPress Conference, I talked about how you can grow your JavaScript and related skills through building with WordPress. You can watch the recorded video on YouTube:

There is also a written version of the same talk published on my blog a few months back. If you prefer reading, check out Growing JavaScript Skills with WordPress post.

For all the talks from the conference, go to https://javascriptforwp.com/conference.

Growing JavaScript Skills with WordPress

This is a written version of the talk I gave at the JavaScript for WordPress conference on July 12th.

WordPress has always been recognized as a very welcoming platform for developers at any level of expertise. The block editor introduced in WordPress 5.0 release is not only an entirely new editing experience for users, but it also redefines the way plugins and themes are developed.

In this post, I want to explain many of the architectural decisions that have sought to make the transition as smooth as possible for those familiar with WordPress development. I will discuss all the tooling that the Gutenberg project uses behind the scenes to benefit from the massive growth of the JavaScript ecosystem. Finally, I’d like to demonstrate how you can leverage the same software in your projects using the @wordpress/scripts npm package to improve your skills.

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ReactJS Wrocław meetup #7

In September of this year, I experienced my first exposure to the art of public speaking. I gave a talk at ReactJS Wrocław #7 meetup. I already published my presentation on my blog and you can find it here. I’m glad that I decided to share my lessons learned while working on the Calypso project. I’m satisfied with the topic I picked, but I’m afraid I could do a way better job explaining code examples I presented. It looks like I’m going to have plenty of opportunities to work on projects based on React in the upcoming year. I’m looking forward to it and I hope to find another excuse to speak to the audience again.

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