When working with WordPress core, you often have to go back and forth through commits, scroll or search through revision logs, switch between tags and branches and so on. This can be annoying with a slow Internet connection and impossible without a connection at all, but what if you’re working on a core patch on a plane or a submarine?
Ubuntu’s default packages ship Subversion 1.6 with the 12.04 distribution. This is annoying if you want to use the newer Subversion 1.7, without upgrading your OS, and especially if you’re dealing with newer working copies:
svn: The path '.' appears to be part of a Subversion 1.7 or greater working copy. Please upgrade your Subversion client to use this working copy.
Turns out there’s an official Subversion PPA on Launchpad, so for Ubuntu 12.04 all you have to do is add the following couple lines to your
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/svn/ppa/ubuntu precise main deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/svn/ppa/ubuntu precise main
And upgrade Subversion to its latest version with apt-get:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install subversion
At this point you should be running the latest, and the greatest:
$ svn --version svn, version 1.7.8 (r1419691) compiled Mar 23 2013, 23:38:40
Hope this helps!
It’s a shame that the Russian “consumer watchdog” Rospotrebnadzor, the Ministry of Justice, and the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (or Roskomnadzor) were “smart” enough to block access to over 20 million blogs hosted on WordPress.com because three of them contained suicide, drugs, and terrorism related content, which apparently has to be censored in Russia.
Looks like somebody’s building the Great Firewall of Russia. I hoped we were better than that. Oh well…
The Moscow WordPress Meetup group is growing, and this weekend we had three sessions and over 30 attendees! We finally seem to have settled with the venue, and started working towards a WordCamp Moscow this year.
Fun fact: next meetup (in March) we will turn one year old.
I gave this talk at WordCamp Norway 2013. It covers several tips and tricks that will make you a better theme developer.
You can follow the slides and the notes/transcript below. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ping me here or on Twitter, I’m always happy to help :)
If you’re creating WordPress themes you surely came across the
get_template_part function at one point or another. It’s one of those hidden gems inside of WordPress that don’t get the attention they deserve. Let’s change that.
get_template_part function is essentially a PHP
require, on steroids:
- It already knows where your theme is located and it will look for the requested file in that theme’s directory
- It doesn’t issue a warning or fatal out if the requested file does not exist
- It can search for other suitable files, if the requested one is not found
- It knows about child themes and parent themes
Long story short, the
get_template_part function allows you to break your theme down into smaller templates (or template parts), which can be reused across your other templates.
get_template_part is similar to a PHP
require, you should not use it to include things like your theme options code, sidebars registration, custom widgets, etc. The
get_template_part function should only be used to get template parts.
Let’s start off with some basic examples.
Today I turned 24 and my wife got me a Kindle Fire — something I wanted for ages, primarily for reading, but turns out it’s a great tablet for work and play too.
The first thing I did was go to the Amazon App Store to install a couple of free apps, but got quite a disappointing message: your payment method contains a non-US billing address, please use a US credit card, which I don’t have.
Luckily PayPal has a list of dummy credit cards where I got my American Express, entered a random US billing address, removed all other credit cards and addresses on file, and soon had free apps running on my Kindle. Great, though this method will probably not work for paid apps or books, and you’ll need an actual US credit card, or an Amazon gift card.
Anyway, time to make a list of things I’ve always wanted to read. What a great birthday present!