WordCamp San Diego 2011 (#wcsd)

WordCamp San Diego 2011 is done! Looks like the state of the Word is going well with active WordPress installations up above 50,000,000 (30,000,000 wordpress.org and 20,000,000 wordpress.com sites according to Automattic’s numbers). This is an impressive figure that is pretty exciting to be a part of.

The panels for the camp were pretty good, although I was really hoping for a little more detail and breadth in the topics, but hey this is San Diego’s first WordCamp and really when it all boils down to it: we’re no San Francisco. Regardless of that, the atmosphere was great and the people were all excited to learn a few new things and be a part of the WordPress community.

One awesome thing was that one of the panelists name dropped SlideDeck in his session! That was a pretty exciting feeling to see something you were part of creating be promoted by the community of their own volition.

Interestingly enough, one of my favorite panels for the entire day actually had nothing to do with WordPress, but rather project management. It was a discussion on Agile development and was probably the most clear and concise summary of the project management practice I’ve ever heard. I’ve studied a little about Agile development in the past, but never really got the grasp of it and how it can truly benefit a team until yesterday. I hope that they put up recordings of the live stream they did yesterday so that I can share it here.

There were a few other panels that were interesting like the use of child themes (which, while nothing revolutionary, was great to hear introduced to the people who didn’t know about it). There was at least one panel I wish I had gone to though about launching a startup with craft beer and WordPress; it was still full and going for some time after the panel in the track I was following was over and I mean, really its about beer, so what can you expect? The town hall was pretty good; there were lots of great questions and Matt was a joy to see up there as usual. WordPress really is growing into something great. I hope to continue to see some excellent innovations come out of Automattic and the community for years to come.

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