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Transforming a Single WordPress Block into a Block Variation with InnerBlocks

One minor victory in the latest updates to my RSVPMaker plugin was figuring out a block transform to turn a single block, RSVPMaker Upcoming, into a variation on the Query Loop block.

With this configured, the Transform To options displayed when you click on the calendar icon in the button bar include Query Loop — complete with a preview of what the transformed block will look like with my defaults applied.

The tricky part was turning a single block (rsvpmaker/upcoming) into a version of the Query Loop (core/query) with preset InnerBlocks for the Post Template (a container for the blocks representing the post title and other elements, in this case including the event date and time).

This related post explains what I was trying to achieve:

The official Transforms documentation covers a number of use cases, including a scenario where you are transforming one block that contains InnerBlocks to another — you take the InnerBlocks object passed in by the source and pass it in to the createBlock call for “Transform to” operation. In my case, I needed to create the blocks from scratch.

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“The Wide World of Hybrid Toastmasters,” Toastmasters Magazine

My article The Wide World of Hybrid Toastmasters from the March 2023 issue of Toastmasters Magazine was based on my own experiences at Club Awesome Toastmasters in Coral Springs, Florida, and interviews with others.

The article aimed to show the range of simple to sophisticated technology options available, as well as the important leadership and organizational dimensions of what makes a successful hybrid club.

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Digital Transformation and IT Careers Articles for The Enterprisers Project

The editor of The Enterprisers Project Laurianne McLaughlin, who I previously worked with at InformationWeek, recently recruited me to write a series of articles on digital transformation, as well as other topics like Robotic Process Automation and IT careers.

This publication has a single sponsor, Red Hat, but I consider this work journalism rather than content marketing. These are the sort of useful, practical articles we strove to publish at InformationWeek (at its best) about savvy applications of information technology.

Here are some of those stories.

Digital transformation: 3 ways to make room for experimentation

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By David. F. Carr | June 04, 2020Digital transformation demands experiments – some of which will not work. But many organizations struggle to get past the…READ MORE

IT careers: 10 most in-demand IT jobs now

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By David. F. Carr | May 20, 2020What IT jobs are in demand, even during the pandemic? What industries have to move quickly to ramp up…READ MORE

IT careers: 8 telling statistics on jobs and hiring now

IT careers 2020

By David. F. Carr | May 15, 2020What’s happening in the IT jobs market during the pandemic? What roles are more or less in demand? Let’s…READ MORE

Digital transformation: How community and collaboration drive results

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By David. F. Carr | May 01, 2020What can internal community management bring to your digital transformation efforts? Grassroots support for change, for startersREAD MORE

Open source meeting tools: 3 things to know

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By David. F. Carr | April 24, 2020Considering open source alternatives to the likes of Skype and Zoom for online meetings? Here’s a look at some…READ MORE

5 flourishing and 5 fading IT careers

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By David. F. Carr | April 22, 2020Which IT careers are on the rise and which ones are disappearing? IT job hunters and hiring managers need…READ MORE

Edge computing: 6 questions to ask before you start

CIO Edge computing myths

By David. F. Carr | April 15, 2020Before you start that edge computing project or strategy, experts advise you ask some key questions about fit, security,…READ MORE

Edge computing vs. cloud computing: What’s the difference?

CIO Edge computing myths

By David. F. Carr | April 09, 2020Is edge computing just new branding for a type of cloud computing, or is it something truly new? Let’s…READ MORE

Zoom tips: 6 ways to make meetings better

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By David. F. Carr | April 06, 2020Now that meeting online is a necessity, do you know the various ways to control – and improve –…READ MORE

How IT leaders can master the art of the elevator pitch

Storytelling tips for leaders

By David. F. Carr | March 11, 2020How polished are you at the quick conversation that makes a big impact? It’s crucial for IT leaders to…READ MORE

When Robotic Process Automation (RPA) bots break: 3 things to know

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) bots break

By David. F. Carr | February 18, 2020Robotic Process Automation is supposed to automate tasks, but even well-designed RPA bots will break. Here’s what you should…READ MORE

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) careers: 4 hot job titles


By David. F. Carr | February 11, 2020Whether or not you’re technical, understanding the possibilities of Robotic Process Automation could be your ticket to a career…READ MORE

Machine learning case studies: How CIOs experiment without adding talent

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By David. F. Carr | January 17, 2020Down-to-earth offshoots of artificial intelligence are increasingly accessible for digital transformation work. These projects tapped into machine learning –…READ MORE

20 digital transformation leaders to follow on Twitter in 2020

By David. F. Carr | January 15, 2020Committed to digital transformation this year? Follow these people for perspective and emerging lessonsREAD MORE

Digital transformation leaders’ secret: Dump traditional org charts

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By David. F. Carr | January 03, 2020MIT digital transformation expert Jeanne Ross says your organizational chart should look more like a set of APIs. The…READ MORE

Digital transformation: How to personally brand yourself as a leader

Digital transformation personal brand

By David. F. Carr | December 23, 2019You’ve done some great digital transformation work: How do you make that part of your personal brand? IT leaders…READ MORE

Digital transformation: 3 ways to manage security risk

Digital transformation security

By David. F. Carr | December 17, 2019How can IT leaders manage the security risks associated with digital transformation without becoming the department of “no”? Deloitte…READ MORE

Digital transformation success: 5 takeaways from MIT Sloan experts

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By David. F. Carr | December 05, 2019Not all of us can be digital natives. A new book by Jeanne Ross shares digital transformation lessons from…READ MORE

Digital transformation: 3 leadership approaches that work

Digital transformation leadership lessons

By David. F. Carr | November 25, 2019Sometimes, digital transformation means getting bagels in customers’ hands faster. Listen to real-world stories of how to get –…READ MORE

Online meeting tips: 6 ways to present yourself better

online meeting tips

By David. F. Carr | November 19, 2019We’re all doing more meetings with video. Use these etiquette tips and best practices to avoid flubs and get…READ MORE

Digital transformation: 5 tricky ways technical debt holds you back

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By David. F. Carr | November 16, 2019Surprise: Not all technical debt is bad debt for companies doing digital transformation work. But some can leave you…READ MORE