I have attended Drupalcon for the past three years, and in that time I have learned that the experience can be bucketed into three sections; the community, the sessions and the city. I was happy to discover that Drupalcon Portland was no exception.
For a recent project I needed to be able to read POST arguments sent from Backbone.js into my PHP code. The arguments however are not retrievable from the PHP global variable $_POST, which is how you would typically assume to retrieve POST arguments.
As part of my job, from time to time I am responsible for building custom WordPress plugins for client sites. One of the biggest pains of building a plugin (besides the miss-mash of resources/tutorials on how to build one) is theming the output.