Today is launch day for Scott Berkun’s new book: The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work.
I’ve been waiting on this day for a while, I’m really excited that it’s out in the wild. It’s a fantastic read, Scott not only does a great job painting a picture of how we work at Automattic, but also expressing the culture within the company.
I was part of “Team Social” that Scott led for over a year, we had a lot of fun, and at the same time produced some high quality work. It’s quite strange reading a book about experiences that you’ve had in person, it’s like comparing a book to a movie. I think Scott nails the little details that made those experiences great.
If you’re interested in how a distributed company works, what it’s like to manage people at a distance, or how we get by on almost zero emails per day, this is the book for you.
You can buy it on Amazon starting today, go grab a copy!
If you’ve not upgraded to WordPress 2.7 yet, I can’t stress enough that it’ll be the best thing you’ll do this week.
A huge amount of work went into this version, all the way from laser eye testing to auto-upgrading to design refining. It’s the real deal. Endless kudos to everyone involved, amazing job.
The future of WordPress is bright.
Just announced 20 minutes ago – WordCamp Whistler 2009 is on!
I’m really excited about this one, Whistler will be a fantastic venue and it’ll be great to see everyone up there amongst the snowy backdrop.
The registration fee is a very reasonable $35, worth every penny to be in Whistler with fellow WordPress enthusiasts! With the registration fee you’ll get entrance, lunch, swag and access to the social.
There is a great group rate available at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort for those who want to stay up and hit the slopes. The Fairmont is where the conference will be held.
I’ll also be giving my first BuddyPress “post beta/final release” talk. I’ll be looking to cover some more technical ground and explain how developers can create their own custom components and extend existing ones.
All in all this is going to be a fantastic event, head on over to the signup page and get registered!
Update: If you are attending, check your badge here!
Gravatars now support resolutions up to 512×512 pixels. The higher resolution your gravatar image is, the better it will look on your badge.
For those attendees without a gravatar, an identicon will be included on your badge.
I’m excited to see these in print, I think gravatars will add a really nice touch to the badges, and it also shows they are useful even in the offline world.
I’ll be writing a tutorial on how to generate gravatar enabled conference badges very soon.
There are over 140 people signed up already and that is likely to climb fast, be sure to get your name on the list!
Also, although it isn’t completely confirmed yet, I will be giving a short presentation on the BuddyPress project.
Update: The WordPress iPhone app is out now! Head to iTunes and download it now.
From WordPress for iPhone blog:
Just a quick update that we’ve successfully uploaded the app to the iTunes Store, and the status message “In Review” indicates that the Apple team is conducting their testing procedures. We have not been provided with an ETA — so it could get approved at any time.
The WordPress iPhone app is awesome and I’m sure it’s going to make a lot of people happy. It’s been through a number of rounds of tests so a lot of the prelaunch bugs have been ironed out. Best of all, it is open source, so it may help other budding developers discover how iPhone apps function under the hood.