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WordPress Plugin Development (Beginner's Guide)

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About the Author

Vladimir Prelovac

Vladimir Prelovac is the author of many popular WordPress plugins and articles about WordPress optimization, security and maintenance. He actively uses WordPress platform as a base for Internet development strategy for small & mid-sized businesses.

For Vladimir, WordPress development is a full time job about which he happily blogs on his web site prelovac.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (February 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847193595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847193599
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,525,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thaya Kareeson on April 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book talks about the why and how of WordPress plugin development with heavy emphasis on the "how". The book's tagline "Learn by doing: less theory, more results" describes the book quite well. There is an introductory chapter that talks about the many benefits of learning WordPress plugin development. After that, the book immediately jumps right into showing you how to develop a series of 6 increasingly challenging WordPress plugins from scratch. It then finishes up by talking about plugin localization, promotion, and support tips.

Even though this book is a "Beginner's Guide," there are a lot things in there that many advanced WordPress plugin developers can benefit from. I don't consider myself a beginner in WordPress plugin development (see my WordPress plugins), and I have definitely learned quite a bit of things after reading this book.

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I bought this book hoping to get one thing out of it: "How to create a plugin which makes use of a custom database table". Unless I missed something, this book doesn't show you how. At least not plainly. All the examples that concerns databases makes use of the existing WP tables.

I would've thought that using custom tables would definitely be in a plugin development book.

But the book did a good job in walking a user through the topics it did cover.
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WordPress is one of the most popular blogging programs available and plugins associated with it are also quite popular. This book shows the reader how to create your own and provides excellent instructions on doing this. One concept that is discussed early on is "dogfooding your plugins." This means you should strive to create a plugin that satisfies your needs. And while it addresses a need you have, it very likely is one that others have as well. With all the plugins available now, a plugin that addresses a unique need should become popular quickly.

The book devotes chapters to the creation of seven different plugins, including Digg This (social bookmarking plugin), Live Blogroll, The Wall, and Post Types among others. Each chapter describes in step by step details how to create the plugin and gives numerous code examples along the way. It also explains unfamiliar concepts in a way that makes them easy to quickly understand. There are also brief explanations of how JQuery and Ajax (two important programming languages used in developing plugins) work. The book's final chapter gives tips on documenting and promoting your plugin, as well as ways to improve your overall WordPress knowledge.

Every time I check the WordPress plugin directory, it seems there are quite a few amazing new plugins to try out which have been created by talented people. This book will help you to become one of them.
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In this book the author walks you, step by step, through the creation of several viable WordPress plug-ins. Each new one builds on functionality and process learned in previous ones, to help you gaim more understanding of how the WordPress framework handles it's data, and what capabilities you have, as a programmer, in manipulating and presenting that data, and adding valuable function to the WordPress core.

You don't really want to jump into this book (or this subject) if you don't know PHP from PCP, but I really don't think you'll need more than a basic familiarity with PHP to get rolling with it, either. The author does an excellent job of telling you what the code is doing and how it's doing it when each new bit is added.

While it's definitely time for an update to this title (I'd suggest you search for a newer edition before you buy) the lessons you can learn here are still valid and easily applicable to 3.0.
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Sometimes I've picked up a development book that is written in such a technical manner, that it's very challenging for me to follow along. When it comes to web development books, I prefer ones that have solid, concrete examples. This book from Vladimir Prelovac is full of nothing BUT such examples.

I am midway through the book, have already built some of the plugins that he reviews in this book, and was able to tackle the "extra challenges" at the end of each chapter. I've learned a little more about jQuery and AJAX programming along the way, and if you have a little bit of knowledge in those areas, are proficient in PHP and like to use WordPress... this book is for you!
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