I'm excited to announce that I have been selected to speak at WordCamp Austin the weekend of October 21-22! A couple of months ago, I submitted a talk titled "WordPress from a Joomla perspective" to present at WordCamp Austin, and I found out last night that my talk was selected! I'm excited for the opportunity to share my experience with the WordPress community and make some new friends along the way.
About my talk
I've been a Joomla guy for a long time. In fact, I've been a Joomla guy since before Joomla was Joomla. I even wrote a book about it back in 2009. I became a Joomla expert long before I started working with WordPress on a regular basis, and I used to find it difficult to switch back and forth between the two platforms.
Joomla and WordPress are very similar in many ways, but both systems have very different approaches and very different philosophies about content management. In this talk, I will discuss some of the subtle and not so subtle differences and similarities between WordPress and Joomla and how I had to learn to switch between thinking like a "Joomla guy" and thinking like a "WordPress guy."
This will not be a comparison of the relative merits of both platforms. That topic has been discussed ad nauseam for years. This will be a discussion about overcoming the hurdles of learning a new system, getting out of your comfort zone, and embracing new ideas to become a more well-rounded developer.
If you're in the Austin area the weekend of October 21-22, come join me at WordCamp!
Photo credit: Philip Kromer. Used under a CC license.