Brian Hoke is Principal of Bentley Hoke, a web consultancy in Syracuse, New York, USA, founded in 2000. The firm offers development, design, and marketing services for clients from the professional development, nonprofit, education, retail, and government sectors, with particular development strengths in WordPress, jQuery, Ruby on Rails, and responsive design.
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Brian will be giving a talk titled jQuery and WordPress: Enhancing Sites with Client-Side Scripting.
What is your favorite improvement to WordPress this past year?
While not specific to this past year, I very much appreciate the continuing development of custom post types in WordPress of late: the ability to render domain-specific fields, properties, and display for a given kind of item more easily makes WordPress so much more flexible than in years past. For a developer like me, custom post types feels very much like object oriented programming – the same convenience of tying idiosyncratic fields, item-specific behavior, and custom rendering for a “book”, an “item for sale”, or a “directory listing”, say, makes WordPress that much more powerful.
Why did you decide to speak at WordCamp Montreal?
The chance to participate in a conference of like-minded folks, the professional-development opportunity to flesh out ideas I use in my own consulting work, and the chance to again visit Montreal were all reasons. Since signing up, I’ve been very much excited by the list of speakers and topics and impressed with the professionalism of the conference organizers.
What is your talk going to be about?
What is the one thing you want people to walk away with from your talk?
Who in the WordPress community inspires you? Who do you follow?
I find some of the weekly-digest emails quite useful: wpMail.me is great, as are the ones from SitePoint and some others. While not Wordprss-specific, I read A List Apart religiously.
What new feature would you like to see in the future?
I don’t have any specific wishlist features – most of the time, I end up finding that WordPress already has some (or quite a bit) of what I need for a given project or site already built in. I guess my biggest wish is to keep finding out more about what WordPress already offers in terms of existing code and use it more and more effectively!