Speaker Spotlight: Yannick Lefebvre!

Yannick Lefebvre

WordCamp Montreal is two weeks away! We’re excited to bring you a new speaker spotlight series this year!

Our next spotlight is Yannick Lefebvre!

Yannick is a tech enthusiast and the author of the upcoming WordPress Plugin Development Cookbook, published by Packt Publishing. He has been blogging since 2003, started using WordPress in 2004 and published his first plugin, Link Library, in March 2005. Since then, he released six other plugins, all hosted on the official WordPress.org site. He absolutely loves using WordPress to develop web sites and find PHP to be a most liberating language compared to more traditional languages such as C/C++.

Follow @ylefebvre on Twitter.

Yannick will be giving a talk titled WordPress Plugin Development 201. Three copies of the WordPress Plugin Development Cookbook will be raffled off during Yannick’s presentation. To order your own copy of this title in e-book format, buy the book from Packt and enter code wcmontreal12 in the promotional box field at checkout to get 40% off until December 31st, 2012.

What is your favorite improvement to WordPress this past year?

The new APIs to create multi-section help pages for plugin administration pages.

Why did you decide to speak at WordCamp Montreal?

To share my knowledge of plugin development with the community and show them how easy it can be for them to create and contribute new plugins to extend WordPress’ capabilities.

What is your talk going to be about?

After covering the basics of plugin development last year, this talk will covers slightly more advanced topics such as the creation of a good development environment for plugins, internationalization, javascript and enhancing plugin pages on the official repository.

What is the one thing you want people to walk away with from your talk?

An appreciation for plugin developers’ work and an eagerness to create their own extensions to the platform.

Who in the WordPress community inspires you? Who do you follow?

Matt Mullenweg (@photomatt) is an obvious inspiration, with the way he has been building a striving business around an open source application like WordPress. Brendan Sera-Shriar (@digibomb) and Chris Bavota (@bavotasan), with their great PressWork theme that has received broad recognition in the WP community.

What new feature would you like to see in the future?

A built-in form builder to be able to create things like contact forms.

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