Wordcamp 2007, day two

As I mentioned yesterday, I was running a little late to day two of Wordcamp due to a late night the night before. I ended up getting there even later than I had originally planned and so only saw two of the presentations. They were the two I was particularly interested in though, which is the important thing.

The first was Liz Danzico, an information architect and usability analyst at Happy Cog, talking about her usability study of the WordPress administrative interface. This is is welcome research as, while WP-Admin isn’t that bad, it could certainly use a little help. She talked about some of her findings and promised that we’ll see some improvements in WordPress 2.4, scheduled for release early next year. She’ll be posting her presentation soon and hopefully publishing her complete studies as well. I’m very interested in reading this, as is Sarai.

Matt Mullenweg at Wordcamp

After Liz was Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word. Matt is the founder and leader of the WordPress project and gave us the past year in review, including some impressive numbers related to downloads and traffic on the WordPress.com hosted blogging service, and some information about the road ahead and what we can expect from WordPress 2.3 in September. Built-in support for tagging is in the works, which means we will no longer have to rely on third-party plugins, but I’m a little concerned about a migration path, as the Simple Tagging plugin I’m using wasn’t mentioned as being supported. I’m sure this won’t be a problem though. Also mentioned was the new-and-improved release schedule and the BackPress project, which involves abstracting out all the core WordPress functionality such as database access, user accounts, and so on, for use in other applications. I’m sure we’ll see people doing some interesting things with this once it’s available.

The final session was a free-form Q and A with four WordPress core developers. It was a little interesting, but not compelling enough to keep me there at the end of the day. Nothing of any real importance was discussed, at least in the first have that I stuck around for.

Overall it was a good event, and it looks like it’s going to be a regular thing. Anyone interested in WordPress, either as a user or developer, would get something out of it and should keep an eye out for Wordcamp 2008.

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