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5 min read Ahmad Awais
Community | advancedwp.org | Feb. 3, 2018

The AWP Gutenberg Interview Series!

This is exciting. Next Monday, I'll be looking forward to any #Gutenberg dev questions, especially related to create-guten-block

The AWP Gutenberg Interview Series!

Community | advancedwp.org | Feb. 3, 2018

WordPress 5.0 is coming soon and will usher in a new era of content editing in WordPress via the new block-based editor currently called Gutenberg. When it comes to a CMS like WordPress, change or evolution is necessary, and the editing experience, in particular, has not been seriously revamped in a very long time. There has been a lot of excitement about Gutenberg; which has been met with some skepticism and even fear as well. The developer community, in particular, has been very vocal about some of the ramifications that Gutenberg will bring into typical WordPress development.
The Advanced WordPress Facebook group is happy to host a 4 part interview series focused on Gutenberg and its significance and what the future of WordPress development will be like after Gutenberg is merged into Core. We’ve asked 4 people are have been very involved in the development of Gutenberg — each from very different perspectives and parts of the world — to do an interview and AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) on Gutenberg throughout the month of February.
This series will be live-streamed directly into the Advanced WordPress Facebook group. Each session will open with a 20-minute

6 min read Matt Cromwell
Editorials | advancedwp.org | Feb. 20, 2018

Rich Tabor Responds to the AWP Gutenberg Interview with Ahmad Awais - Advanced WordPress

Rich from Themebeans shares his thought-process on applying what he learned and heard from the AWP Interview series with Ahmad Awais to his own plugins and business. It's an insightful piece for anyone working to integrate their plugins with Gutenberg.

Rich Tabor Responds to the AWP Gutenberg Interview with Ahmad Awais - Advanced WordPress

Editorials | advancedwp.org | Feb. 20, 2018

Last week, Matt Cromwell welcomed Ahmad Awais as the latest speaker for the new Advanced WordPress Gutenberg Interview Series. Ahmad is a prolific FOSS (Free & Open Source Software) developer and regular WordPress core contributor. If you’ve had your eye on Gutenberg, you’re likely already familiar with Ahmad. Last year, he released the Gutenberg Boilerplate, a heavily documentedī¸ set of examples for diving into block development. And more recently, Ahmad launched create-guten-block, a zero-configuration developer toolkit for building Gutenberg block plugins.
Ahmad is on a roll, and there’s no stopping him.
Here’s my take (Rich Tabor) on the second session of the Gutenberg Interview Series.
Ahmad’s take on Gutenberg
Ahmad is obviously ecstatic about Gutenberg, and it shows all throughout his interview. He is particularly excited about bringing the JavaScript and WordPress communities together, which will likely result in improved code quality across the board and higher WordPress developer salaries.
Matt and Ahmad touch on the growing complexities of WordPress development and how Gutenberg raises that bar quite significantly. I agree with Ahmad, in

7 min read Matt Cromwell
Editorials | advancedwp.org | Mar. 5, 2018

Matt Mullenweg discusses the past, present and future of Gutenberg - Advanced WordPress

Stanislav Khromov is an AWP admin. He responds to the Matt Mullenweg AWP Interview and provides his insight into the future of Gutenberg adoptions as well.

Matt Mullenweg discusses the past, present and future of Gutenberg - Advanced WordPress

Editorials | advancedwp.org | Mar. 5, 2018

EDITOR’S NOTE: We’re asking AWP Members to write formal responses to each interview of this series. See here for the full series list. The interview is embedded here first, then see the response below. Thanks to Stanislav Khromov for this response, and for being an AWP Admin who volunteers his time to curate great conversation and content in our Facebook Group. The Interview
The Response
Last week we welcomed our final interviewee in the Advanced WordPress Gutenberg Interview Series, Matt Mullenweg, and this post will be a summary and analysis of his interview.
Matt Mullenweg needs little introduction, being the creator of WordPress and a strong driving force in the ecosystem for the past 15 years. Aside from being a stalwart in the community, he is also the release lead for the upcoming WordPress 5.0, which will be the first release to include Gutenberg.
The birth of Gutenberg
In the interview, Matt discussed the original need gave birth to Gutenberg – the difficulties users had with the TinyMCE editor, and the man dozens of alternatives that spawned up around it, including a plethora of page builders that eschewed TinyMCE altogether.
“We wanted users to be

5 min read Matt Cromwell
Editorials | advancedwp.org | Feb. 27, 2018

John Teague Responds to the AWP Gutenberg Interview with Tammi Lister - Advanced WordPress

John Teague of Theme Surgeon responds to the AWP Gutenberg Interview with Tammi Lister. He discusses the things that impacted his impression of Gutenberg and other relevant food for thought.

John Teague Responds to the AWP Gutenberg Interview with Tammi Lister - Advanced WordPress

Editorials | advancedwp.org | Feb. 27, 2018

EDITOR’S NOTE: We’re asking AWP Members to write formal responses to each interview of this series. See here for the full series list. The interview is embedded here first, then see the response below. The Interview
The Response
Today, I had the pleasure of listening in on an interview and AMA with Matt Cromwell and his guest, Tammi Lister. Tammi works for Automattic, the parent company of wordpress.com, specializing in user experience (UX) and front end design. She’s a passionate contributor to WordPress, and she took on the role as a member of the core Guttenberg editor team. I came away from this interview with a healthy respect for how Tammi approaches her leadership role in this fundamental change in how we use and create for WordPress. First and foremost, Tammi made one important point right away:
Listening is research. Research is fuel for a better outcome
A change this significant to the WordPress writing experience, and the design and development process for established theme and plugin authors, is a huge responsibility for project leaders to shoulder. I’ve been a contributor and lead developer on several open source projects over the past 14 years.