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Professional WordPress Plugin Development 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0470916222
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WHO THIS BOOK IS FOR

This book is for professional Web developers who want to make WordPress work exactly how they and their clients want. WordPress has already proven an exceptional platform for building any type of site from simple static pages to networks of full - featured communities. Learning how to code plugins will help you get the most out of WordPress and have a cost - effective approach to developing per - client features.

This book is also for the code freelancers who want to broaden their skill portfolio, understand the inner - workings of WordPress functionality, and take on WordPress gigs. Since WordPress is the most popular software to code and power websites, it is crucial that you understand how things run under the hood and how you can make the engine work your way. Learning how to code plugins will be a priceless asset to add to your resume and business card.

Finally, this book is for hobbyist PHP programmers who want to tinker with how their WordPress blog works, discover the infi nite potential of lean and fl exible source code, and how they can interact with the fl ow of events. The beauty of open source is that it ' s easy to learn from and easy to give back in turn. This book will help you take your fi rst step into a community that will welcome your creativity and contribution.

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  • Chapter 1 An Introduction to Plugins
  • Chapter 2 Plugin Foundation
  • Chapter 3 Hooks
  • Chapter 4 Integrating in WordPress
  • Chapter 5 Internationalization
  • Chapter 6 Plugin Security
  • Chapter 7 Plugin Settings
  • Chapter 8 Users
  • Chapter 9 HTTP API
  • Chapter 10 The Shortcode API
  • Chapter 11 Extending Posts: Metadata, Custom Post Types, and Taxonomies
  • Chapter 12 JavaScript and Ajax in WordPress
  • Chapter 13 Cron
  • Chapter 14 The Rewrite API
  • Chapter 15 Multisite
  • Chapter 16 Debugging and Optimizing
  • Chapter 17 Marketing Your Plugin
  • Chapter 18 The Developer Toolbox
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470916222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470916223
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Huereca on March 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
A formula for success:

1. Put together an idea and outline for a book that hasn't been covered in-depth before.
2. Gather three of the most talented WordPress developers/writers and have them write the book.
3. Release the book and watch the Elves return back to Middle Earth to rejoice with men.

Professional Plugin Development, written by Ozh Richard, Justin Tadlock, and Brad Williams, is a much-needed and very timely book.

There have been several aspiring developers that have approached me saying they needed a start-from-the-basics WordPress plugin development book. And while Professional Plugin Development does teach the basics of plugin development, it quickly moves on to much more complex topics.

The book covers the topics I care most about, such as:

* WordPress Plugin Foundation and Best Practices
* WordPress Security
* WordPress Actions and Filters (aka, hooks)
* And Ajax

But the book goes beyond basic plugin development. It teaches you about plugin options, CRON for scheduling common tasks, storing data (whether it is via post types, transients, or options), the HTTP API (for retrieving remote data), users (how to set up roles and capabilities), localization (err, internationalization), and how to test plugin performance.

For a novice PHP and WordPress developer, this is a good starting point. But don't think of this book as your way to learn PHP, jQuery, or even basic WordPress (there's WordPress for Dummies for that).

This is a book written by developers for developers. And I must say that I learned a lot from this book, and I've been developing WordPress plugins and themes for almost six years.
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The first time I went to a WordCamp presentation, the speaker said off-hand, "before I do anything, I check Justin Tadlock's site to see if he's written a tutorial." Before that day, I had never depended on anything but the Codex for support when I wrote plug-ins ... and you could tell by looking at my code.

Since then, I've become a frequent reader of Justin's blog, I've subscribed to several mailing lists for code, and I've started following quality developers - namely the authors of this book - on Twitter. It's been a slow start, but it's changed the way I look at open source and development in general.

And now comes a book written by three of the most respected developers in the WordPress community. It's well written, honest, and comes from a collective background of collaboration and been-there-done-that experience. I've been working with WordPress for more than 4 years now, and this is by far the best reference I've seen to date ... both for developers just starting with the project and for seasoned professionals who build their business on WordPress.

I've seen code written by all three of these developers, built my own systems on the shoulders of their outstanding work, and watched several others grow as developers following after their example. I can't think of any team more qualified to write about WordPress plug-in development, and I can't think of anyone else who'd do a better job.

This is an outstanding book and was definitely worth the 2-month pre-order wait to have a physical copy on my desk to mark up and turn back to. Though I'm confident that the eBook version will be just as useful for those who can't wait for overnight shipping to deliver! :-)
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There aren't many great WordPress books on the market and the topics covered here are not explained in any comprehensive way in the existing online resources. The authors have managed to distill everything you could possibly need to know about plugin development into a well-organized, well-written reference book that I've been calling on a couple of times a week.

Apart from the basics of plug-in development - which it explains very effectively - there are many advanced subjects that any plug-in developer needs to understand. It delves into WordPress actions and hooks, security, best practices, Ajax, the HTTP API, regionalization and how to test for performance.

The book doesn't pretend to teach you PHP and WordPress - you need to be well versed in both to get the most from the material. But if you want to develop plug-ins for either the community or commercial audience, everything you need to know is in here. As an aside, the authors are very well respected WordPress coders so you really couldn't hope to learn from better teachers.
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I am a novice when it comes to PHP programming and WordPress development. This book does a good job of explaining the ins and outs of the WordPress system. After reading about half the book, I was able to sit down and start putting together my own plugin using the examples in the book.

That's a great accomplishment when time is scarce and I need to get work done.
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The book aims to provide a comprehensive resource for WordPress plugin developers but essentially falls short due to lack of organization and focus. I found that topics are covered in a half-hazard manner and the chapters do not build on previous chapters. I regarded much of the content as superfluous and mostly fluff.

Perhaps the most lacking feature in the book is the design and development of an actual plugin. If the author had built a fully function plugin over the course of the book, I believe the material would have been more coherent and useful to the reader.

The Professional WordPress Design and Development book (also published by WROX) provided more benefit to me with my plugin development. I found the chapters on custom post types and plugins were concise and to the point. The internationalization feature of WordPress plugins was also presented in a clear and meaningful way.

This book has not been a complete loss to me, however. The chapters on Ajax and cron do provide useful techniques to developers and administrators.

Readers looking for material on WordPress plugins should consider other resources or make a thorough examination of the bbPress plugin code or, for an object orientated approach, check out the Article Forge plugin.
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