Tag: OOP

OOP-NOOB Series – The Publicity Stunt

OOP makes use of access modifiers to control the accessibility of methods and properties. This is what allows you to use the concept of encapsulation, so that you have a public interface that consumers of your code can develop against, as well as a private implementation that needs to be treated as a black box from the outside.

Having all of your methods and properties be public generally defeats the purpose of using OOP in the first place, as most of the benefits depend on the concept of encapsulation in some form or other.

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Attracting Developers To WordPress

Ryan McCue, Senior Engineer at Human Made and WordPress Core Developer, has posted a series of tweets regarding the fact that WordPress is far from an ideal platform for developers, which has spawned a lot of discussion.

As a long-form response to this, here’s a list of changes I would like to see in WordPress, and how I would try to address backward compatibility (BC) concerns. I don’t pretend to know that this is the absolute best way to tackle the problem, this is purely my own biased opinion, and how I would try to fix the issues if I were in charge.

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Type Declarations using Interfaces in PHP

I’ve recently completed a preliminary code audit on an existing WordPress plugin, and one of the goals I’ve set for that audit was to decouple the code from the JavaScript library it was using, so that it could easily be extended to support future versions of that library.

A question came back about the constructor syntax I was using, and how that actually worked. I’ll use the opportunity to write the answer in form of a blog post, as I think that this is a concept that might be new to a lot of WordPress developers.

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