As you might have noticed I’ve recently started reviewing WordPress plugins. I do this for free, because I think both users and developers benefit from peer reviews of plugins. I’m not saying all my plugins are perfect, they’re not. I try hard though and if someone reviews my plugin I’ll happily learn from what they find.
What I did find though, is that there are lots of developers out there who don’t know how to use all the powerful API’s that WordPress provides them with to develop plugins. This is why I also immediately started a WordPress development best practices section in which I’ll highlight the most important things. The issue is that there are quite a few development best practices that you should know about if you’re intending to be a real good plugin developer.
Professional WordPress Plugin Development: the book!
This is where a new book, by Ozh Richard, Justin Tadlock and Brad Williams comes in, it’s aptly titled Professional WordPress Plugin Development (aff link). It’s a big fat book that covers each and every bit you need to know to become a super developer of WordPress plugins. All you need after that is creativity and good ideas.
I have to admit, I am a bit biased, as I wrote the foreword for the book, but I’ll also admit to having been incredibly honored when these guys asked me to write that. You see, these guys have been my source for interesting articles about WordPress for years and they were the perfect team to write this book. Having now gone through it completely, I’m 100% sure: if you’re interested in WordPress plugin development, whether or not you want to do it professionally, you should buy and read this book.
So what are you waiting for? Go order that book!