I think it’s appropriate that I let our readers know what WPCandy’s fearless leader is up to when he’s not writing furiously for WPCandy. It turns out he’s been spending his “spare time” coding super-useful WordPress plugins and contributing to both bbPress and WordPress.
Yep. Ryan Imel — owner / President / CEO / friendly Overlord — of WPCandy, has been busy. And I’m just taking a minute to make him blush.
One thing he’s done recently is to create a pretty cool little plugin to improve the performance of the Admin Bar. The Admin Bar can be quite a useful little tool once you get used to it. It is especially nice for a site like WPCandy, where we’ve got a bunch of blogs to manage workflow in subdomains of the network. However, as useful as it can be, the dropdowns are “a bit quick on the draw”, as he puts it on the repository plugin page. The Hover Intent plugin uses some fancy jQuery to determine whether a user is just scrolling over the Admin Bar, or actually trying to hover.
Just to brag a bit more on Ryan, you may also notice him swimming around both bbPress trac and the WordPress UI team contributing recently. Ryan has his hands in some of the new dashboard design work on the WordPress UI team, and he’s been putting in some patches to document code for bbPress. It’s pretty impressive to me, a normal human, to see just how he does all of this on top of some freelance work. He surely does not sleep.
So this is just a friendly shout-out, totally unbeknownst to Ryan, that I (and I’m sure all of you) appreciate the many things he’s doing to support the WordPress community. I hope I don’t get grounded and / or banned… Cheers!