Have you been thinking about making the jump to doing some of your own WordPress development, but aren’t sure where to start? Or maybe you already took that leap, but wonder if you’ve missed anything in teaching yourself. Whatever your current status, this session by Mark Jaquith on building your first plugin will give you a solid foundation of understanding the coding standards used in WordPress, how to make use of hooks, basic security measures to ensure your plugins don’t introduce vulnerabilities, and requirements for getting your plugin included in the WordPress.org plugin directory. If you have any interest in WordPress development, you should attend this session.
Mark Jaquith is a successful WordPress consultant and is one of the lead developers of WordPress core. He has 16 plugins in the WordPress.org directory (including the ever-popular Subscribe to Comments, with over 200k downloads) and hundreds of patches that have been committed to the core WordPress application. He’s an acknowledged expert on WordPress security, and was responsible for one of the first commercial BuddyPress implementations at GigaOm Pro. Mark will be driving up from his home in Brandon, FL and looks forward to exploring Savannah and Tybee Island.