Global Day of Code Retreat – host training session notes

Before the event

  • Join host training if possible
  • Find venue
  • Find sponsors: company, friends, other companies
  • Ask friends for their previous sponsors for leads
  • Venue can be sponsored by other sponsors
  • Breakfast and food can be “home made” at the office
  • Coffee and breakfast in morning are nice to have, but lunch most important. No invoices for food to GDCR, all to local sponsors directly from any vendors
  • Announce after party on time, when announcing the event itself

Announcing the event

  • Do it one month before event so people don’t forget.
  • Send reminders a week and a day before
  • Announce at gdcr website, but use your own RSVP tool
  • Add site to global spreadsheet, write how many attendees you will have
  • Make a local spreadsheet with list of attendees. Maybe add columns for people to fill about their experience with various tools of the trade and gdcr experience
  • Announce global sponsors
  • Announce local sponsors, good to get sponsors in the future too
  • Print name tags
  • If you have more than 25 attendees, try to split them, and have 2 facilitators in 2 venues

Day of event

  • Set up the space before people show up
  • Display and make accessible any Swag from sponsors
  • Register people when they show up, show them around
  • Show where the slides will be accessible at a station
  • Coder dojo video – show it
  • Video call with another city, very short, brings excitement to team
  • Take a look at feed of who is doing what in the world
  • Update the live feed with your session
  • At lunch time, show code retreat related videos
  • Slide deck with sponsors, video call with another city. Update spreadsheet with actual
    number of attendees
  • Take photos, take video, share it with gdcr and with social networks
  • Help clean and pack up.
  • Then the after party
  • There will be a host survey to complete
  • There will be a participant survey as well

Links

I’m gonna be at Ladies Learning Code Winnipeg!

Just got this email from the organizers. Looking forward to it. Gonna try to bring my Dad and wife.

Thank you so much for volunteering to mentor for our Intro To HTML and CSS event! Michelle and I are so excited to host the first Ladies Learning Code course in Winnipeg. We are blown away by the enthusiasm of all of the mentors that want to sign up for the event!

The tech industry in Winnipeg is growing and we need to promote Women in technology. Our hope is that this event will create a community of supporters. Which will help introduce programming to other smart, savvy women.

I know you must have a lot of questions about what being a mentor entails. We just need you to be friendly, helpful and supportive while the ladies work through the course material. The session will be lead by an experienced teacher, Christina Truong. You will be assigned to a small group of students to help guide them in the right direction. Who says coding can’t be social? More specific information will be sent out a few days before the event.

We will do a mixer after the event at a nearby restaurant/pub. We hope you can come out so we can get to know you! I’d love to learn about your experience in the tech industry and why you decided to volunteer for LLC.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michelle and I (reply-all to this email) We are the LLC chapter leads for Winnipeg.

Please help us promote the event to make it a success! We are still have a handful of spots we would like to fill with Ladies Learning. Join the facebook event to stay tuned to the action. Share, tweet, and blog it to all your friends! This is a launch event, so if we are successful we will be able to continue running workshops. This could be the beginning of a great network of brilliant, tech-oriented, women in Winnipeg.

My message to the #SuperMeetup

Here’s the text I read off last night at the SuperMeetup. Cheers!

I believe I have greatly benefitted personally from my involvement in hacker meetups in Winnipeg.

There are several s/w dev’t meetups in Winnipeg, mostly centered around a specific technology such as WordPress, PHP, ruby, js, etc.

To keep us informed about upcoming events, most groups have their own meetup.com account, or a mailing list subscription on their site. Most groups meet once a month. There is usually a presentation by a local developer, pizza & drinks.

This year, I hope to see more collaboration between the various organizer groups, for things even like date collisions, cross technology topics.

I also hope to see more developer involvement, and incentive for involvement, in weekend hackathons. It would be great to get a chance to team up with some devs I don’t get to work with on a daily basis, and work using best practices for a weekend.

I also hope to see more soft-skill topic presentations, so if you would be willing to talk about your passion in front of a programmer audience, we’d love to hear from you.

The next speaker spends a considerable amount of his time helping Winnipeg software developers get better at developing software. Among other things, he organizes events such as the Global Day of Code retreat coming up this November, and regular meetups for various user groups, such as the .NET, Ruby and Agile user groups.

Please join me to welcome Amir Barylko to the stage to share his experience on how to improve team communication and succeed in building software.

Bad experiences in #wordpress on Freenode

Common conversation on #wordpress on Freenode:

$new_visitor:
Hello friends, anyone experienced with Elegant Themes Divi theme? I have created a blank page that has no header or footer, I have added a background image to fill the screen and a few other things, my issue is that the theme is not automatically filling in the screen with the layout. Its either too short or too long depending on browsers and screens. Anyone have a solution for this?

$channel_regular:
$new_visitor: sure, learn css
and/or use the theme how it was intended

$new_visitor:
I appreciate the kind words $channel_regular

$channel_regular:
i didnt say anything unkind
its definitely not a wp issue

Obviously it’s not the only kind of common conversation on #wordpress, but there’s really no need for that.

Too bad the community does not enable a better atmosphere on the channel, cause it doesn’t seem like something that would be too hard to do.

Setting up a WordPress install for “theme unit tests”

Documentation for Theme Unit Tests is at http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Unit_Test

Did it all through the Mac terminal…

Pre-requisites: Homebrew, homebrew’s mysql package ( brew install mysql ), and homebrew’s php55 package. Ask if you have trouble installing them.

Installing wp-cli

Documentation for wp-cli is at http://wp-cli.org/

curl -kL https://raw.github.com/wp-cli/builds/gh-pages/phar/wp-cli.phar > wp-cli.phar
php wp-cli.phar --info
chmod +x wp-cli.phar
sudo mv wp-cli.phar /usr/local/bin/wp
wp --info

Creating a WordPress install

mkdir wp-trt
cd wp-trt/
wp core download
wp core config --dbname=wp-trt --dbuser=root
wp db create
wp core install --url=http://localhost:6789 --title=WPTRT --admin_user=danny --admin_password=blastworth --admin_email=dan@bernardic.ca
nohup php -S localhost:6789 &
* I was getting an error recently with a fresh install of mysql from homebrew, saying a database connection can not be established, during the `wp core install` step. After creating the symlinks as shown here, it worked.

Installing theme unit tests

curl -O https://wpcom-themes.svn.automattic.com/demo/theme-unit-test-data.xml
wp plugin install wordpress-importer --activate
wp import ./theme-unit-test-data.xml --authors=create
rm theme-unit-test-data.xml
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