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Episode Info: Andrew Norcross has a history of building extremely cool solutions with WordPress. He currently works within Liquid Web helping build custom solutions for their managed WordPress services. Transcript Micah: [00:08] Hey, welcome to the WP Square One podcast. This is Micah Wood. Aaron: [00:13] I am Aaron Reimann, and we are here with Andrew Norcross who is the Senior Engineer and Developer Advocate at Liquid Web. How are you doing, Andrew? Andrew: [00:24] I’m doing well. How are you all? Aaron: [00:27] Good. It’s Friday… But anyway, tell us a little about yourself. Andrew: [00:32] Okay. Let’s see, probably relevant to what you all are doing here, I am a Senior Engineer and Developer Advocate over at Liquid Web on the product team, working on the managed platforms. I do a lot of R&D. I do a lot of internal product development stuff. I’ve been involved in the community for over thirteen years now, maybe a little more; somewhere around 2.4 or 2.5 is when I got started. I built a slew of plugins. I ran an agency for a long time. That’s still one of the VIP partners. I’ve done speaking. I’ve done this, that, and the other. I’ve done just about everything that can be done in the community—short of working for automatic. Aaron: [01:29] That’s a lot. You said two-four, two-five. What year would that be? Is that ’05, ’06? Andrew: [01:34] Yeah. I started using it before my son was born. He was born in 2007. And I say using it like I started developing on it. A friend of mine had a website and needed to host something. I had built a server because I had access to a bunch of stuff. I still worked in finance at the time. I never used it before I built on top of it. I was never a user. I went from zero to… I use the word “developer” lightly because I didn’t know what I was doing at all. Aaron: [02:04] I’m in the same boat. I had a friend that needed someone that knew PHP. I started doing some PHP stuff and I knew nothing about WordPress at all. I started hacking it, doing it the wrong way, but it was PHP. Andrew: [02:24] I’d never even seen PHP before. Aaron: [02:27] Oh, wow. Andrew: [02:28] Yeah. I taught myself how to code. I started doing it when I was a little kid. I was about eight years old. This was in the 80s. This was basic dBase. Foxpro, I think a little bit was thrown in there. This is command line. This is GOTOs, IF…THENs, very raw stuff. I quit when I was ten because I wanted to be cool. This was before the internet, which meant you couldn’t find other nerds that did the nerd things you did. If you didn’t happen to know people that did the stuff you did, you either did something else or you didn’t have any friends. For me, at least, you just did what the kids in the neighborhood did. [03:14] Again, I had no way of even finding other people that were in programming at the age of eight or nine, and there was no internet. There was no w...
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