While attending WordCamp San Antonio 2016, I overheard someone talking passionately about how they discovered WordPress and were so happy they got involved with writing code. That someone was Deepti Boddapati.

I introduced myself immediately and asked her to tell us about her experience. It’s an engaging discussion and one that I think you’ll enjoy.

 

For more about WordCamp San Antonio 2016, check out our recap on the District!

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Deepti Boddapati:
Okay, okay. My name is Deepti, but most people call me Dee. My twitter handle, it’s my full name, but it’s Indian so it might be a little difficult. Let me spell it out. It’s D-E-E-P-T-I B-O-D-D-A-P-A-T-I.

When did you start with WordPress?

It was a couple of years ago. I was actually working in sales at an SEO firm and they sold websites on the side and they ended up selling a lot more websites than they had planned. I was using a lot of drag and drop, you know, shortcodes, ultimate stuff like that, then somebody that we worked with, we outsourced to a developer and he built a site with me where he built it with a custom post type, advanced custom fields, and custom HTML, CSS. That just amazed me. How perfect it was for the client. This client never asked us another question after we handed the site over to him. Like how perfect a site can match a client and make it really easy for them to change content on their site.

What has been your biggest WordPress win?

When I started working with WordPress’ actions and filters, they were like this makes total sense. That you would have like an assembly line sort of interface for people to hook on to to add to the site. I guess my biggest WordPress win has been understanding that about WordPress. That it’s not only easy for people to update on the front end, but it’s easy for developers to work with.

Where do you see WordPress in the next few years?

With the REST API, when people talk about it, I think they don’t mention exactly why its so awesome. It’s not awesome because it’s an API. Just saying REST does not explain its significance. What’s awesome about it is that it opens up WordPress’ existing functionality for being a platform, you know, users, capabilities, post types, meta boxes, all of these things that you just have to do in most any application based site. It opens all these up to working with third party or third interface apps. WordPress does great stuff for a website right now, but now we can do those great stuff with any interface and that could be a mobile app, that could be in Arduino, that could be your car’s dashboard. It could be anywhere.

What gets you up in the morning?

The bug in the code that I left last night. I think for me, coding is a process that that leads to itself again for some reason, like I build something and I think, “Oh. I could add this to it,” or I’m working on something and I have a bug and I have to stop for the day. For me, coming back to it and looking at it again and finally getting that win moment of fixing the bug, that just makes me want to fix more bugs and code more things. Yeah, for me, everyday I’m really excited about getting up an working on more code.

Faster or slower?

Why?

Deepti Boddapati:
I think a lot of people rush with development and with planning out project and slower actually saves you time in the long run in a lot of these cases.
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