Boone Gorges and Hard G are prolific contributors to the WordPress and BuddyPress free software projects. In addition to contributions that take the form of code, Boone has written and spoken widely about WordPress, on topics ranging from the practical tutorial to the theoretical essay. This page summarizes these contributions.
Boone has been an active contributor to the BuddyPress project since it was in beta. He became a forum moderator on buddypress.org in 2009, a committer in 2010, and a Lead Developer in 2011. He has personally devoted thousands of hours, hundreds of bug fixes, and dozens of major features to BuddyPress. Some representative contributions:
- An overhaul to BuddyPress’s internal caching system that led to huge performance improvements in BP 2.0 https://bpdevel.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/one-of-the-primary-focuses/.
- The adoption of automated testing framework, and leadership on the ongoing improvement of test coverage.
- A rewrite of the
BP_Group_ExtensionAPI in BP 1.8, which is used by hundreds of plugins as the foundation of BuddyPress integration.
- Tools for administering Groups in the WordPress Dashboard, introduced in BP 1.7. Of equal importance is Boone’s ongoing advocacy for the BuddyPress platform, in the form of WordCamp talks, blog posts, and personal mentorship of developers who are new to BuddyPress.
Boone is a longtime contributor to WordPress itself, having contributed to a number of releases, starting with WP 3.1.
Since September 2014, Boone has been a Core Committer for WordPress. During the 4.1 cycle, he led a complete rewrite of WordPress’s
WP_Date_Query classes. https://make.wordpress.org/core/2014/10/20/update-on-query-improvements-in-4-1/ He has also championed ongoing work on the taxonomy roadmap https://make.wordpress.org/core/2015/08/27/taxonomy-roadmap-for-4-4-and-beyond/ and made major improvements in the efficiency and usability of WP’s automated test suite. He is currently a maintainer of the Query and Taxonomy components.
WordPress and BuddyPress plugins
Boone is the author or coauthor of dozens of plugins available on the wordpress.org plugin repository, with a combined download total in the hundreds of thousands. https://profiles.wordpress.org/boonebgorges
Speaking, writing, and community outreach
Boone has given dozens of presentations and classes at WordCamps, WordPress Meetups, and other events. A number of videos are available at http://wordpress.tv/speakers/boone-gorges/.
He has also written extensively on WordPress and free software. His blog http://teleogistic.net contains dozens of articles related to the technical and philosophical aspects of free software use and development.