Matty Cohen has written a very nice post in Torque Mag about sustaining value in WordPress products. I especially like what he notes on debunking the myth that features are equivalent to value. And as he notes, harmony between two products can indeed provide tremendous value. For a quick presentation to complement Matt's post, I'd recommend you watch Michael Fields talk about Extendable Extensions.
Daniel Bachhuber just announced Dictator, a “provisioning system for WordPress.” One key idea Dictator adopted from provisioning systems: environments are ephemeral. WordPress no longer doing what you want it to? You should be able to destroy it and provision a brand new version. This looks like a fantastic addition to the WordPress ecosystem.
Tom McFarlin, doing what Tom McFarlin does over on wpTuts+. Go read about why boilerplates matter. I personally use versions of both of his settings and plugin boilerplates, which you can get from the links in his post. Go read it!
PhpStorm is a full-featured IDE that has somewhat of a cult following amongst the WordPress developers I follow. Made by JetBrains, it’s notable for being lighter weight than most IDEs, web development specific (though not just PHP as the name implies), and very customizable. Today, they’ve announced official support for managing WordPress projects. According to the…
Jeremy Felt is the Director of Web Engineering at 10up, and he’s written on his personal blog about evolving your WordPress development by using Vagrant. It’s a great read if you are new or unaware to the practice.
The get_ip_address function is useful for tracking visitors who aren’t logged in as they move through key pages in your store.
Mannie Schumpert has done a nice job offering some practical examples using map_meta_cap. Mannie also took all of the examples from Andrew Nacin’s excellent WCSF talk from last year. If you are dealing with roles and permissions, the things from this talk are really important to understand. As he notes, “instead of modifying your database…