I started writing this from outside a Thai restaurant in Vienna in a Dropbox Paper, and I now write from my usual coffee shop post back in Los Angeles with a fresh install of Gutenberg, at long last!
I returned from my three week Europe trip a few days ago, and I’m so excited about all of the wonderful new people I’ve met and experiences I’ve had. I feel totally refreshed and have renewed excitement for my day-to-day (just have to figure out how to make that last).
On to the recap!
“The Algorithms of CSS” at CSSConf EU, Berlin
Major career milestone here! This (and WordCamp EU, to follow) was my first time speaking at a big international conference, and I did not take it lightly. For about six months, I have been hard at work researching and writing my talk for CSSConf EU, The Algorithms of CSS.
A hot topic, indeed! I’m so, so, so pleased with how it all turned out, and the response was better than I could have imagined. This was by far the largest conference I’d spoken at and my first time presenting a topic that is totally original – my past my talks have more oriented around teaching a technology, and this one was uncharted territory.
Here’s one slide I was particularly excited about – FizzBuzz in CSS! Take that, Reddit.
Perhaps more important than the success of the talk itself, is that I discovered a topic I am itching to explore further and share with the world for, hopefully, years to come: learning Computer Science through the lens of CSS. What form that exploration will take has yet to be determined, but you can be sure this isn’t the end of the conversation. In the mean time, here are my slides and lots of links to research.
After CSSConf, I stayed in Berlin for a few more days to attend JSConf (give them your money – this pair of conferences is 🔥). My good friend from LA met me in Berlin and we traveled together for 8 days by train from Berlin to Prague to Vienna. A few highlights:
“Let’s Build a Gutenberg Block” at WordCamp EU, Belgrade, Serbia
Another beautifully run conference! WordCamp EU was a blast, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to host a workshop all about building a Gutenberg block. The workshop format was a bit less pressure than a full-on talk, and I had a great time putting together the curriculum and workshop materials.
I’m pretty sure everyone in the workshop did build a block, which means it was a great success! Here is a big ‘ol checklist for the workshop along with links to the demo files. They should be helpful whether or not you were in Belgrade.
I’ll round this out with another set of what I’m calling “Story Blocks” about Belgrade. I had a ton of fun in Belgrade – the city really resonated with me and one afternoon I had the chance to do a fair amount of exploring:
That’s all I’ve got for now, so good-bye, friend!
P.S. I like these story blocks, so maybe you’ll see more of those in future – here is the source code if you’d like to use them on your own Gutenberg-enabled WordPress blog 💜.