Ask the developer

On January 20th I’ll be speaking at BarCamp South East on the subject of and WordPress MU. The talk is titled, “ – running the biggest wpmu site in the world” which is vague enough that I could talk about anything but I’d like to know what you want to hear.

Public speaking isn’t my strong point, I prefer to be behind the keyboard, or looking through a camera lens but sometimes you have to push yourself to do unfamiliar things. Here’s my go at public speaking.

Talks will be in 45 minute slots and I would like to make mine more of a discussion forum like the WPMU talk we had at WordCamp way back in August last year. It went really well and everyone got something out of it.

Subjects I’m considering include:

  • Merging code from WP core which is horribly exciting, have you ever seen vimdiff in action?
  • Site stats – did you know we publish them?
  • Hardware – server porn. How do we handle the load generated by Slashdots, Diggs, and almost 600,000 blogs?
  • Hooks and plugins – new hooks in the signup process and wpmu admin backend.
  • Anyone interested in working from home and virtual company issues? Automattic has employees in at least four countries.

So, if you’ll be there I want to hear from you. If you won’t, I still want to hear from you because I’m sure Bernie or someone will record the talk and put it up online.

Author: Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Google+ and Twitter.

14 thoughts on “Ask the developer”

  1. hmm maybe I’ll tag along. 😉

    I’d be keen on the virtual-company issues, being in the same boat myself…

    What about the economics of building a money-making business on open-source code, licensing, etc., esp in the web2.0 hosted-code world? A subject close to my own heart, too, there.

  2. ROFL “server porn” well it does look like it’d be some interesting discussions, lightheartness asside. Too bad I’ll have to miss it, perhaps “a best of” if/when you do another wordcamp in SF.

  3. The only request I have is to -please- consider recording this and posting it on youtube or something. I’d love to see it but can’t make it to Ireland anytime soon.

    In particular, things you’ve had to do to WPMU to handle server load (tweaks from the base WP MU code), etc would be very interesting. It seems documentation on it is a little slim, and I know a lot of people have problems when they get to greater than 32000 blogs/users.


  4. I won’t be attending but I have an idea for, chat widgets. Use the gabblychat widget or something. Give us something better then meebo.

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