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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (24 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184951352X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849513524
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,676,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brian Bondari is a musician, composer, and teacher with equal loves for both music and technology. His hobbies include reading, hiking, composing music, and playing with his pet rabbit. He also spends an exorbitant amount of time lying on the floor grading papers.

Brian earned his doctorate from the University of Kansas in 2009 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Texas at Tyler. When he is not writing music or grading papers, he serves as Senior Editor for the multi-author technology blog,http://www.TipsFor.us.

You can also visit him at http://www.bondari.com.



Everett Griffiths is a freelance PHP/Perl developer and database architect specializing in Content Management Systems and plugin development. His hobbies include playing guitar and running. He currently resides in Los Angeles with frequent trips abroad.


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There were two things about this book that I really liked: First, it didn't start with just writing a useless "Hello, World" program. Instead, it begins by guiding you through *breaking* an existing plugin, illustrating the sorts of errors you might come across on your own, and how to fix the problems when they occur. Then they move on to modifying the plugin to show how some simple changes affect how it works. Second, they don't spend the whole book building up one monolithic project like a shopping cart or product catalog site. Instead, each of the main chapters builds an individual plugin, with distinct functionality. Each plugin helps illustrate several concepts important to being able to build your own plugins.

On the down side, there were a couple of places where the authors missed out on using some best practices. In building their Ajax Search plugin, they did not use the existing WordPress Ajax APIs, which make a plugin more adaptable to various site configurations. Instead, they use a more fragile method of using a separate server-side component which has to hard-code the path to the wp-loader file. This is a pretty common mistake, but definitely one to avoid. Also, when illustrating how to build settings pages for plugins, they build the form HTML by hand, rather than using the Settings API. By using the Settings API, they would help future-proof the code against future stylistic changes in the admin interface, and would also automatically get handling option data validation and saving options to the database. Hopefully there will be later editions in which they can improve these minor shortcomings.
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It's without a doubt that WordPress is one of the largest content management systems out there. WordPress has been known for its easy to use software and along with its extendability.

WordPress's extendability features, called plugins, have always been loved by WordPress's users as they provide an elegant system to expand WordPress to do practically anything.

With Packt Publishing's latest WordPress book, WordPress 3 Plugin Development Essentials, it provides a nice and fairly detailed (281 pages) description on how WordPress 3 handles plugins.

What I really love about WordPress 3 Plugin Development Essentials is that it starts off the first few chapters very simply. When just reading the first chapter, it explains on how setting up your WordPress development system, best coding practices (which can be used for no matter what you're programming), and how handle testing, code versioning, security, along with other things. For anyone reading this book, they most likely already have programming experience, and because the authors decided to start this book out in a way that's not too in a rush, it really means quite a bit. It's a great way to start off a book entirely on development...

Just like the first chapter, the second chapter doesn't rush you at all; in fact, it's more of giving you baby steps to start building powerful WordPress plugins. Any kind of developing book can be boring with all that computer code. But the best part I love about WordPress 3 Plugin Development Essentials is that you're not going to be seeing pages and pages of code; the authors give you some code, and describing what it's accomplishing. I've seen books that have two or three pages, back to back, that's filled with code only.
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As is also true of other Packt publications, this book has prepared me well to work with technical and graphics specialists whom I have retained to develop for me a "fully-functional, dynamic" WordPress website. That is to say, Brian Bondari, Everett Griffiths, and their colleagues have provided a comprehensive and cohesive briefing on how I can work effectively with the specialists to create or select appropriate plugins to extend and add features to my WordPress site.

I do not fully understand all of the material provided in Chapter 6 ("Standardized Custom Content"), for example, that begins the process of extending WordPress usage as a content management system. However, given the volume of content that I continue to create or adapt, it has been immensely helpful to me to know (and understand) which questions to ask throughout the website development process, one that will probably be never-ending. But at least I can express my wishes and intentions as various modifications are made in weeks and months ahead.

This book comes as close as any single volume can to be a practical, hands-on tutorial for non-technicians such as I as well as for those developers with limited experience with the WP platform. Readers will especially appreciate the direct and personal rapport that Bondari and Griffiths establish with them as well as the summaries that appear at the conclusion of the 10 chapters (Pages 26, 44, 66,102, 135, 165, 190, 211, 235, and 258), the two appendices ("Recommended Resources" that really are valuable and a "WordPress API Reference" section to which most readers will frequently refer.
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