Not Invented Here syndrome (NIH) is the guilty pleasure that tempts engineering teams into creating bespoke approaches to problems that have already been solved. Even having your eyes opened to the temptation doesn’t immunize you from it. So, how do you know whether a bespoke solution warrants the effort or if it’s just plain hubris?
WordCamp New York City is coming up in a few weeks and everyone at Alley is getting excited for the event. We will be sponsoring the WiFi and providing a handful or two of Halloween candy to celebrate the season. Join us at the Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday October 31 or Sunday November 1 to learn more about the innovative tools we’ve created with the open-source CMS that powers Alley’s biggest clients.
We will have a total of four speakers presenting at the conference. Here’s how to catch them:
- On Saturday at 11:15 AM, Alley cofounder Matt Johnson will be joining the “Information Architecture Panel” to discuss best practices in dealing with information architecture.
- On Sunday at 9:15 AM, Matt Boynes will be presenting “Test-Driven Rewrite Rules” about ways to add automated testing to rewrite rules to help speed up development.
- At 2 PM on Sunday, Tom Harrigan will be teaching people about “Creating March Madness-Style Brackets in WordPress” using the PollDaddy API and Fieldmanager custom fields to build the head-to-head bracketing system you’ll need for your office pool or other fun tournaments.
- At 3 PM on Sunday, Nicole Arnold will be speaking about “More Core Functions You (Maybe) Didn’t Know Exist.” She will be going over some obscure, but useful, functions that already exist in WordPress core and teaching users how to get the most out of these hidden features.
Be sure to stop by the Alley booth to say hi to our team and pick up some swag. See you in Brooklyn!