Last nights Press This featured a very pleasant conversation with Aaron Brazell, also known as Technosailor, the author of the upcoming WordPress Bible. We discussed a lot of things, as usual, and as I promised in the comments on my previous Press This update, I’ve kept more notes so I can do this post and give you all the links to the stuff we talked about!
We talked about which area’s of WordPress are under utilized according to Aaron, and he mentioned an area that is dear to my heart as well: the widget functionality that was introduced in 2.8. WP Engineer has a great post on how to build widgets 2.8 style, but if you’re a TextMate user, like both Aaron and myself, you should really check out both my TextMate bundle for WordPress and Mark Jaquith’s TextMate WordPress widget snippet.
Then we talked briefly about BackPress, which is the attempt to normalise all the code that is shared between BBPress and WordPress into one library of functions and classes that can be used separately as well. Aaron mentioned using it for some non WordPress projects and I’ve done the same.
We also ranted together on WordPress security, mainly because Aaron did a post on Technosailor with the title WordPress Security and How I’m Going to Take All Your Money. He explained his point: the people who know how to fix this stuff have jobs, they usually make their living building WordPress sites, we don’t have the time to fix your blog, so please please upgrade, and if you do get hacked, and it’s your dumb fault, we will charge you a lot of money for it.
When asked about his book signing tour it turns out that WordPress authors don’t get flown around the world yet to promote their books, which probably has something to do with the WordCamp’s being quite local and cheap to go to. I did mention that Aaron should actually be at WordCampNL, where I’ll be speaking too October 31st, and he seemed eager to come but probably not this year…
There was a lot more that I’m not going to type out, you’ll just have to listen to the show!
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