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EE's core attraction is it's flexibility. It gives developers the power to alternately level mountains and shoot themselves in the face. To minimize the pain we pour our own design patterns into the cracks. From naming systems to data structure conventions. There's no hard and fast right or wrong way to build sites, but there are some definite pitfalls.
We'll go through some of the design patterns in use today, their popularity, their specific strengths and weaknesses, which to avoid, and how you can twist them to fit your needs.
John Henry is a freelance, Irish based web developer who is fanatical about ExpressionEngine, so much so he divides his day between being a Technical Support Specialist for EllisLab and client work.
When not blogging erratically, or courting abuse for his add-on pricing, Stephen spends most of his time writing add-ons for private clients. In this talk, Stephen shares some of the hard-earned knowledge he has acquired over several years of whoring out his add–on development skills.
Highlights include tips on the right way to start an add–on development project, hints for clearly defining the project scope, and strategies for tolerating Matthew Weinberg.
Learn the intricacies of EE's templating system and its parse order. Simple vs. Advanced conditionals, Plugin vs. Module tags, Global Variables vs. Snippets, and more. Learn to circumvent problems with the help of cunning code and add–ons. A true Parse Order Pro will create lean, mean, optimised templates that scale.
Carl is Managing Director of EE Technology Studio 'Made by Hippo', an EE Pro, addon developer and advocate of all things ExpressionEngine. As well as building ExpressionEngine sites of all sizes for clients all around the world, Hippo is UK Development Partners with BrilliantRetail, eCommerce for EE.
Garrett is a front end developer at Erskine Design. He'll be sharing tips, techniques and tactics for handing mobile or alternative versions of sites in EE.
26th August 2011