[wp-hackers] WordPress plugin inspections
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Wed Feb 19 22:27:13 UTC 2014
Certification of PHP from a trusted 3rd party source like Zend or similar
On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 12:25 AM, Eric Hendrix <hendronix at gmail.com> wrote:
> Certifications. —
> Eric A. Hendrix
> hendronix at gmail.com
> On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 5:22 PM, Harry Metcalfe <harry at dxw.com> wrote:
> > On 19/02/2014 22:15, Peter van der Does wrote:
> >> snip snip
> >> Does the end user really care how the code is written?
> >> The grade depends on the expertise of the testers. What makes them
> >> qualified to give this grade? Do they have a PHP certification, what's
> >> their background?
> > The really key part of this criterion is:
> >> The lack of good style must materially reduce the tester's ability to
> >> understand what the code is doing, thereby indicating that the lack of
> >> good style has reduced code readability and maintainability.
> > This isn't about aesthetics - code that is written in such a way that it
> > is very difficult to follow is also harder to maintain. It's more likely
> > to contain bugs, some of which may be vulnerabilities. And it's much
> > easier to make mistakes when editing it after you haven't looked at it
> > for a while. It's also evidence that the developer may be inexperienced.
> > These are all important factors. That said, I can't imagine that a
> > plugin would fail an inspection on this criterion alone.
> > The inspections are carried out by experienced developers. I can
> > appreciate that that might not be clear at the moment. I'm not sure how
> > we'd go about reassuring people on that front, though: what would you
> > consider to be good evidence that we're knowledgeable?
> > Harry
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