Speaker Spotlight: Max Kovalenkov

Max has been tinkering with web sites since 1998; his first blog was running on WordPress 2.0 – in 2006. He started professionally working with the platform about six years ago, after having moved to Montréal from Ottawa (and having never looked back). Two years ago he made a break from the office and became a freelancer.

Max will be giving a talk titled “Testing WordPress: It Doesn’t Actually Suck“.


What is your favorite improvement to WordPress this past year?

Responsive Images and WP REST API

Why did you decide to speak at WordCamp Montreal?

I’ve been wanting to do it for a while – since my first WordCamp five years ago or so; I’m also shaky at public speaking so it’s a terrific opportunity to practice.

What is your talk going to be about?

Testing in WordPress

What is the one thing you want people to walk away with from your talk?

Testing is good for any project, no matter the size.

Who in the WordPress community inspires you? Who do you follow?

Drew Jaynes, Rarst, Andrew Nacin

What new feature would you like to see in the future?

Teleportation module! On a serious note, anything I can think of can be done with plugins, so the issue is moot. Perhaps something around quality guidelines for themes and plugins, some sort of a standard. The plugin and theme market is currently quite a messy place: hard to navigate for even advanced users, with wild variations in quality.