Since PHP 5.6 or higher will be required as of WordPress 5.2, Gary Pendergast reviewed some of the relevant WordPress Coding Standards and proposed a few changes to them, including anonymous functions and namespaces.
This week Alex Denning (Ellipsis) draws on Iain Poulson‘s historical, high-level plugin data at WP Trends to offer some thoughtful, somewhat contrary, but practical and grounded perspectives on the value of Active Install Data. At the WP Watercooler and elsewhere, a realization seems to be setting in that the data is not open source and not the property of the WordPress community. Like last week’s episode of Post Status Draft with Katie Keith of Barn2 Plugins, Till Krüss (Object Cache Pro, Relay) offers a lot of lessons this week about less travelled paths to success in the plugin business even as a very small company or company of one. Performance, testing, and support are key, interrelated parts of Till’s success and probably the most important ones to borrow in your own life and work if they resonate.
I wonder how much WordPress is an outlier in even the PHP universe for tolerating the idea that it’s “punishment” and “unfair” to be held to a standard with mandatory testing for code that’s admitted to the WordPress.org repo for use on potentially 40% of the web. That’s how a number of developers responded to…
“It’s a great time to be writing PHP,” is not something you hear in all corners of the programming world. But in Aaron Jorbin’s mind, this is the case. Aaron notes that the growing popularity of HHVM and the upcoming PHP 7 changes are exciting, but aren’t without challenges. While WordPress can run successfully on…