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MasterWP Weekly, issue 15! - Improving code, design, and skills.
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<<Name>>, hello! Hope you’re having a good week!

This weeks email has an interesting collection of articles looking at improving yourself, your designs, and your code in an effort to be the best. But then - if we all read, and learn from, all these articles then do we all become the best? Who is actually the best - and where do they work?

This weekend Alex and I will be at WordCamp Bristol so do say hi if you're there.

Enjoy! Any comments just hit reply to this email.

Alex and Ben

Coming up in this issue:

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Improving WordPress Theme Code

Automated Code Testing to improve WordPress themes everywhere

Most theme developers know that the WordPress theme repo has a problem. All themes are manually reviewed before publishing - and this can take a long time. There's currently around a 6 month wait between submitting a theme to the repo, and seeing it go live on the site. This isn't sustainable. To combat this the team are developing a suite of automated tests to reduce the review time significantly.

The tests are built on top of the PHP Coding Standards package and if you follow them your code will magically become better than it was. The beauty of standards is that it makes using other peoples code easier since you know are following the same rules. I now use the WordPress coding standards, within the Atom editor (Tom McFarlin covers how to set it up), for all web development, not just free WordPress themes. - Ben

An evidence-based guide to being successful in literally any job

“The trouble with self-help advice is that it’s often based on barely any evidence.”

This is a hugely practical, evidence-based, guide on how to be successful at your job. 80,000 hours is an Effective Altruism charity which aims to help people make career choices which can do the most good in the world, and to that end they’ve been producing a series of long guides.

The whole collection is worth checking out, but I’d recommend this one in particular: there’s an awful lot to unpack, think about and apply to your own life in this article, but I dare say take half an hour to read this, take notes and work out where you can apply this and you’ll genuinely see a positive change in your life. - Alex.

How to design for colour blindness

I have mild colour blindness (I have issues differentiating between some greens, browns and greys), however I also design things. However my experiences with using other peoples software have made me very aware of the types of things being discussed in this article. - Ben

PS - I know (hope) there's a number in that dotted circle over there - but I can't read it :(

How to improve your creative skills

Learning, by copying, the best.

It begins as handwriting and form practice. Once these are mastered, it is for exposure to the best in writing. Copywork done properly forces a person to slow down and absorb the punctuation details, notice capitalization, and internalize sparkling prose.

Copywork is a technique that writers and painters have been using for centuries. It is the process of recreating an existing work as closely as possible in order to improve one’s skill - and this article looks at how it can be applied to user experience design - Ben

Moneyball teams

When everyone “only hires the best”, who’s actually hiring the best?

Most companies claim to “only hire the best” developers, but obviously this isn’t possible: “the best” developers probably constitute 5 or 10% of the hiring pool, so only 5 or 10% of companies are hiring “the best”.

This article is a very interesting critique of this approach, arguing for a “moneyball” approach (referencing the Michael Lewis book and subsequent 2011 film) to hiring. Well worth a read. - Alex.

“You might not think that programmers are artists, but programming is an extremely creative profession. It's logic based creativity.”
- John Romero

About the authors

MasterWP Weekly is brought to you by Alex Denning and Ben Gillbanks.

Alex is a freelancer doing content and marketing for WordPress businesses. You can follow @AlexDenning.

Ben is a WordPress theme developer who runs leading theme shop Pro Theme Design. You can follow @BinaryMoon.

Interested in sponsoring MasterWP Weekly? Email us hello@masterwp.co for details.
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