Roadtrip 2014

For the last few years, the idea of an open road has captivated me very much so. Going on an endless journey with no limit on where you can stop is my definition of excitement. being that I am from an urbanized area (NYC), the open road as well as the tranquility of being outside of the city has called my name.

With the help of Roadtrippers, I’ve been planning out a roadtrip for the past two years.

Summer 2014 Overview | My new trip on!

Along with some friends, I’ll be traveling to places that I’ve never been and seeing sights I’ve never seen. This is all quite exciting.

The benefit of using Roadtrippers is that they also let you discover nearby attractions, sights and more right where you are driving. From a model Flintstones city to ghosts towns, it’s looking to be a pretty exciting trip. I had to break it down into legs just to handle all the stops.

Summer Roadtrip Westbound Leg 1 | My new trip on!

Big stops here include Washington DC, Nashville, St. Louis and Texas.

Summer Roadtrip Westbound 2 | My new trip on!

Summer Roadtrip Westbound Leg 2 | My new trip on!

Continuing on with Route 66, includes stops at the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and up the coast of California to San Francisco.

Summer Roadtrip Eastbound Leg 1 | My new trip on!

Heading back east, stops at Reno, Salt Lake City, Denver and Topeka are to be expected.

Summer Roadtrip Eastbound Leg 2 | My new trip on!

The saddest part of the trip looks to include Des Moines, Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh. After all that, it’s home sweet home. The car will need a rest.

Hopefully this is a prelude of many posts to come sharing with the world the adventure that has yet to come. Warning: lots of photos and American culture.

Thank you to Roadtrippers for the help! #dreamroadtrip

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Wrote a new WordPress plugin: wp-composer

wp-composer WordPress meet Composer.

Recently, I’ve been working with a lot of different PHP frameworks. Learning from some of the most annoying parts (I’m looking at you Drupal) and some of the best (oh yeah, go Laravel and Symfony!), I always wish some of those good things were including in good-ole WordPress. Maybe a man can dream. But I’d love to see some more things happen.

I’m introducing a plugin called wp-composer. It attaches a way to manage Composer dependencies inside of WordPress plugins and themes using WP-CLI. It’s a first solid step towards making dependencies inside of plugins handled right from the command line. Why should this even matter?

Where I think WordPress is going

WordPress is one of the most valuable pieces of code ever written. Millions of developers and millions of visitors alike have used WordPress and have been somehow affected by it. Even if they don’t know it. But since millions have used it, that must mean that the software is a bit older, right? WordPress has a lot of old code thrown in there, though the core developers are always improving it. But they are still forced to support some older code than they should: PHP 5.2.x.

In the future, when they make the jump to at least PHP 5.3.x, you should see some pieces of the puzzle coming in. A more modern code base managed by Composer with the different components separated from WordPress code: wpdb, themes and plugins API, Widget, etc. And with this distributed nature of code, the ability to bend and use WordPress to your liking will change like it never has before.

Maybe one can dream of a modern code base for WordPress. I know it’ll come one day and I’d love to be apart of the movement to push for it. This is my start.

Sidenote: I have recently discovered WordPress Packagist by the guys at Outlandish Ideas, a way to have plugins as Composer dependecies. It’s the best thing since sliced bread. Check it out!

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