We did promise something cool this morning (or night in the US) via Twitter and here it is — a video interview with Mark Jaquith, WordPress Lead Developer. Taken last weekend at WordCamp San Francisco 2011. The interviewer is Adria Richards and if you listen carefully you’ll hear her in the back, sorry we didn’t have an extra mic ;)

Mark talks a little about himself and about his contributions to WordPress.org. Plugins, patches, the transition from Movable Type and then a few words about CDN setups and locking yourself into various providers. Good responses about training, learning and practicing, tips to Cowboy Coders, newbie developers and more! Thank you Mark for such a great interview!

Here are the questions that we asked Mark:

  1. Introduce yourself and let us know what you do with WordPress
  2. What were some of your first contributions to WordPress?
  3. What is your preferred way of using a CDN (Content Delivery Network) with WordPress?
  4. In your talk yesterday you said that “you can’t learn these things on the fly”. How can a developer prepare themselves for large scale site installs?
  5. How do you stay up to date on new technology? How should developers manage their time between clients, running their business and learning?
  6. What tips can you give to cowboy coders?
  7. Do you think starting a family caused you to rethink your cowboy coding work style? Has a work/life balance become more important to you?
  8. What do you thik WordPress developers are overlooking when working with this platform?
  9. How do you think the security plugin session went? Did you want to see more submissions? Do you think you conveyed enough information the audience to benefit them? Did you hold back on some details to protect sites using some of the plugins reviewed?
  10. What are some best practices sites and resources that WordPress developers should follow?
  11. What’s the best way to participate in the WordPress community as a developer?

We’ve got a few more video interviews of other folks lined up to air next week. Tell us what you think of this first one and who would you like to see next? Use the comments section below to leave your thoughts and thanks for staying tuned to our feed.