Every time I tell myself “I will write my own WordPress theme”, I start learning about what is required and … I quit. I feel overwhelmed and demotivated by the amount of effort. I already know PHP (but my skills are rusty) and with some time and effort, I think I could learn the WordPress Codex. But … CSS. Argh! That would take a lot of time for me to learn.

And I want this theme support microformats2. Another learning curve. So as I see it I have three learning curves to climbs:

  • WordPress Codex
  • CSS
  • microformats 2

I think the issue is one of time. Assuming I could dedicate 1-2 hours a week (between work, wife, and kid, I have little time) to learning each of those, how long would it take? Assuming a week to learn each one, it could take me 120 days.

In reality, I have no interest in learning how to create a WordPress theme. What I really want is minimalist WordPress theme that supports microformats 2.

Yesterday, Facebook announced Hack, a new language that also runs on HHVM. It’s like a “PHP++” — it adds optional static typing, generics, and a bunch of other enhancements and conveniences to PHP. Unlike HHVM, adopting Hack is a huge risk. HHVM was great because you could switch to it and switch away from it freely, with almost no effort (especially to switch away). You were still writing PHP. But once you convert a file to Hack and use any of its new features, it’s no longer valid PHP, so you must always use Hack and HHVM from that point forward (or undertake an expensive rewrite).Hack Isn’t PHP – Marco.org

Be careful not to be locked-in.