#wplnd October 2012 Meetup was held at Google Campus in the heart of East London’s Tech City. The evening consisted of two talks.
Build a mobile theme to use with your existing WordPress site
The first talk was by Jack Barham, who worked throughout 2012 exclusively for Isobar Mobile, building mobile web apps for companies. He shared his mobile experience and knowledge he discovered working at Isobar Mobile. Having a vast collection of different mobile phones at his disposal to test with he developed his experience into a basic mobile template. The talk was about how to use this template and wrap it into a plug that can be dropped into a WordPress website. The presentation covered all the aspects of how he approach a mobile web build project, such as: Concepts, Wireframes, Prep your Current WP site for mobile, Design, Screen Resolutions, Development (Mobile CSS Reset, WP Code, Mobile jQuery, etc), Bug Testing.
View the presentation on Slideshare.
Getting started with WordPress web apps
The second talk was by Rachel McCollin, all the way from Birmingham. With her talk she focused and used the examples of her recently published book WordPress Mobile Web Development. The talk mainly focused on using WordPress to build web apps, starting off by discussing the difference between a web app and a responsive site. And how you can use your theme to create a web app from the same database as your main WordPress website.
As a freelance WordPress developer, going to the pub afterwards is another highlight of the evening. I always enjoy a bit of WordPress geek-off and bouncing off ideas with other WordPress lovers!