Ahmad Awais



My AWP Gutenberg Interview #AMA — Think Like A Block

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I’ve been super passionate about everything Gutenberg. Gutenberg is the new WordPress editor that’s going to change how you write content or build websites with WordPress.


I have already created Gutenberg Boilerplate and relatively recently he create-guten-block toolkit to help you kickstart developing WordPress Blocks.

So, I did this interview at AWP Gutenberg Interview Series, where I talked about Gutenberg development and other stuff.

I got a lot of press and media mentions throughout 2017, in the form of quotes from different articles that I had written and my comments on the current state of WordPress, Gutenberg, or the reason behind giving back to the community, as well as for advice on becoming an open sourcerer, etc.

🌟 One of the mentions that I felt really proud of; was when the co-founder of WordPress — Matt Mullenweg said amazing things about one of my recent projects called the create-guten-block toolkit — which I’ll talk about in a moment.

It’s a good chance to thank you, Ahmad, for putting together the create-guten-block toolkit. It’s really cool, and I have seen it to be the intro for a lot of people and to kindov learn what Gutenberg is.

— So, it’s an awesome awesome contribution to the community.

—  said by Matt Mullenweg (Co-founder of WordPress).
SOURCE: Matt M. AWP Gutenberg Interview

Think Like A Block

I think I also ended up coining this cool phrase Think Like A Block. By which all I mean is that you stop building shortcodes and metaboxes as soon as you can. Think like a block for every feature you build in your new WordPress themes. It’ll make your users’ lives easier and better.

Peace! ✌

Helping businesses build developer-led adoption for 10+ yrs.
VP of Developer Relations and Google Developers Advisory Board (gDAB) founding member.

📟 Edutainer at Node.js CLI Automation course (100 videos · 22 Projects) & VSCode.pro course. Over 36K devs learning. 🎩 Award-winning Open Source Engineer & Dev Advocate 🦊 Google Developers Expert Web DevRel 🚀 Mars Ingenuity Helicopter code contributor 🏆 8th GitHub Stars Award recipient 🌳 Node.js foundation Community Committee Outreach Lead, Member Linux Foundation, OpenAPI Business Governing Board, and DigitalOcean Navigator.

✌️ Author of various open-source dev-tools and software libraries used by millions of developers worldwide WordPress Core Developer 📣 TEDx Speaker with 100+ international talks.

As quoted by: Satya Nadella · CEO of Microsoft — Awais is an awesome example for developers.
🙌 Leading developers and publishing technical content for over a decade 💜 Loves his wife (Maedah) ❯ Read more about Ahmad Awais.

👋… Awais is mostly active on Twitter @MrAhmadAwais


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