Ahmed Mohammed, from Giza Egypt, works with our Compatibility team debugging and fixing issues with themes or plugins.
Recently to learn React, he enrolled in a 6-week Bootcamp where there are online lectures and discussion lectures. It’s organized by Zac Gordon
Ahmed, what motivated you to learn new programming languages?
Every year, OTGS offers a very generous Scholarship program to its employees. The aim is to choose a course or activity which will have a positive influence on the quality of our work within the company. Realizing that React is the way to go in web development, I registered for that Bootcamp and took advantage of our Scholarship program.
Tell us a bit more about React
Now I’m almost done with the React Bootcamp and I’m working on the final project. I’m building a simple Todo app and I’ll share it here so that anyone can use it ;)
Basically, it’ll allow me to debug or fix issues with themes or plugins that use React. But I’m planning to delve into deeper topics such as Gutenberg blocks and headless WordPress (aka Decoupled WordPress) where you use WordPress as the backend and create the frontend using React!
You can test this basic website I created for testing purposes. Everything you see is React and all the content was added using the normal WordPress dashboard, it is blazing fast!
Covid-19 restrictions – how has this affected your daily activities? Do you have more time on your hands?
I have a lot more time now. We don’t go anywhere so I have around 20 hours per week for studying and other stuff not related to work. I have been spending a couple of hours every day after work and around 4-5 hours on weekends learning about React.
You are also involved in WP community activities. How have they been affected by the Covid-19 restrictions?
We used to hold a monthly meetup (WordPress Cairo meetup), a physical one but due to COVID-19 restrictions, we’re obligated to make it online. Surprisingly, we got more attendees for the April meetup. More than 40 attendees showed up (screenshot attached) and it was a very nice one!
At these meetups, what feedback/questions do you receive from members about WPML or Toolset?
Every time we organize a meetup, the attendees always come with questions related to WPML :) It’s expected because they know Mohamed Khafaja and I work for the company that makes WPML.
What I have noticed is that WPML is becoming the go-to solution for anyone who is making a multilingual website. Our community used to look for free solutions, but now this is changing. I can see clearly that their first choice is WPML.
Thank you, Ahmed. Anything to add?
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made it possible for me not only to expand my knowledge but to also share it with other WordPress enthusiasts in my part of the world.