Three Theme Wranglers will be involved with theme-related sessions at this year’s WordCamp San Francisco (Aug 12–14, 2011).
Themes, themes, and more themes! If you’re in town for WordCamp please say hello, we’d love to meet you.
Update: Videos of WCSF 2011 presentations are now live on wordpress.tv.
A sweet tool for responsive designs by Remy Sharp that helps you find the exact breakpoint widths to use in media queries. (Via @tucsonlabs.)
Jason Schuller — of Press75 fame — launched Theme.it, a collection of unique WordPress theme-related tutorials, articles and videos.
I’m super excited to announce that our very own Theme Wrangler Ian Stewart will be speaking next week at FOWD London 2011. He’ll be presenting on WordPress and themes in a talk titled “Power Your Design With WordPress” — read more about it on the FOWD London schedule page.
If you’re attending FOWD London be sure to come to Ian’s talk and learn how to kick-start your theme design and development. It’s going to be an action-packed, information-filled 40 minutes.
(And come say “Howdy” to the entire Theme Team, we’ll be there with bells on.)
320 and up by Andy Clarke takes on the notion that when using responsive design with media queries small devices load assets they don’t need. This technique uses a tiny stylesheet first, and loads larger assets only when needed.
Tutorial: Using the WP_Filesystem
Writing files from code, whether it be from a theme or from a plugin, is generally bad mojo. However understanding why you shouldn’t is confusing to many, and then understanding why you shouldn’t do-it-yourself and should use the WP_Filesystem is even more confusing.
A great writeup by Otto on how, why, and when to use WP_Filesystem to write files from a WordPress theme or plugin, including code samples and a demo plugin.
Justin Tadlock eloquently explains how you can become a better developer and give back to the community by joining the WordPress Theme Review Team.
ChaosTheory—a dark, single-column theme developed exclusively for WordPress.com—is now available in the official WordPress Themes Directory.
If you’re like me and dread reading detailed specs for web technologies, but want to dig into and learn the details that matter to your work, check out the WHATWG HTML5 specification for web developers by Ben Schwarz.
The focus of this specification is readability and ease of access. Unlike the full HTML specification, this “web developer edition” removes information that only browser vendors need know.
Dust-Me Selectors is a Firefox extension that finds unused CSS selectors by inspecting your stylesheet and comparing the rules with the elements in your markup.
A must-have for your webcraft toolbelt.
If you’re designed out for the day and need something sufficiently geeky to bring you back to midfield, I suggest Andy Skelton’s excellent writeup about a lesser-known but oft-used WordPress string formatting function, WordPress code surprise: wp_sprintf.
Version control is a key part of a successful software project, and we use Subversion heavily at Automattic. All our themes, side projects, and even PSD files go into SVN repositories.
We often talk to theme designers that are getting into more advanced theme development who need a quick crash course on using Subversion. As part our tips for version control we recommend keeping a handy reference guide at your fingertips for common Subversion commands.
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