Introduction to Jacob Gillespie
Hello Everyone! My name is Jacob Gillespie, and I am a 19-year-old Computer Science student at the University of Texas at Dallas (that’s in Texas in Central Standard Time). I started learning computer programming at age ten and have since developed a passion for web development and usability specifically. I have had the opportunity to work on several web development projects like the Texas Beekeepers Association and Desert Creek Honey Co. Web development is my main hobby, but yes, I am also a beekeeper.
I am looking forward to working with WordPress and GSoC this summer – my project involves improving/replacing WordPress’s multi-file uploader. The existing uploader uses Adobe Flash to handle uploading, however better options have since emerged. My project will investigate existing open-source file uploaders (like Plupload) that incorporate other transports (like HTML5 / AJAX, Google Gears, Flash, IFrame, etc.) and attempt to integrate these improvements into WordPress. In addition, I will be investigating the ability for HTML5 image manipulation prior to upload (resizing, filters from plugins, etc.).
I have been working with WordPress for the past couple of years and have been migrating all my client websites to WP as I can. I submitted my application to WordPress as I LOVE WordPress and view it as the best publishing platform available on the web. I have had issues in the past with Flash-based file uploaders, so the Codex suggestion for this project caught my eye.
If you’re interested in looking at more of my stuff, feel free to check out jacobwg.com.