We started preparing a number of months ago, including meeting in person for a week to build the project and plan the course modules. I did a nice writeup on our experience preparing for A Week of REST.
Welcome to Matlock
Matlock, UK is home to Human Made headquarters and the event took place in a quant local up the hills from the office amidst a beautiful pond and collection of stone cottages.
The course flow went like this:
Day 1 – Setup and Introductions
- Folks arrived starting around noon
- We did an overview of the schedule and content
- Helped get local develop environments setup
- Hung out and got to know each other
- A few folks came to the morning office yoga I offered
- Joe took over in the afternoon to talk about the React boilerplate we were using with our app (and can also be nicely adapted for other projects )
- That night we held a long informal Q&A that raised and answered a number of great questions
Day 3 – The Big Day of Authentication
- A few more people came to morning yoga 🙂
- Joe went over how to read posts from the WP API with a nice library he built and I did some exercises on using it with React
- Ryan rocked the afternoon with an in depth walk through of Authentication, OAuth and the WP Broker they built.
- By the end of the day we had our live blogging app authenticating with a WP site and pulling in content
Day 4 – Posting via the API & Leveraging Custom Content
- A few morning folks joined in morning office yoga
- My work mostly involved doing some example exercises to bridge between the slides and building the project
- It was pretty cool how fleshed out the Liveblog project was that we built over the week
Day 5 – Taking it Further
- Joe showed some extended features of our app that folks could use for taking things further
- Then we discussed important related topics like React Native, Redux, React Router and more
- I’m looking forward to hearing about a number of the projects that attendees had shared about doing
A Big Thanks to Everyone
Matthew Haines-Young and Paul de Wouters from Human Made were tremendously helpful, walking around helping folks all week.
Overall I had a great time and I think the event went really well. I look forward to the next Week of REST, hopefully in the US 🙂
For now I suggest folks check out A Day of REST, a single day conference in Boston on March 9th that will give a big picture overview and real world examples of the WP API in action.