This month we went over the basics of jumping into WordPress Theme development and built a very minimalistic Theme with a few files.
Discussions on the positives and negatives of using a Theme “Framework”, or going another route a Starter Theme like Bones, Roots, or Underscores. Andy & Ben build from the ground up, while others in the room preferred frameworks like Genesis.
During the live-demo of building the theme we also talked about using a Theme Wrapper, which is a way to use a more DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) philosophy and save you time later in development. More details can be found at Scribu with detailed information and instructions.
A github repository with the steps we got through of the theme from scratch. https://github.com/field2/mytheme-wrapper