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Thomas Belknap dragonfly at dragonflyeye.net
Mon Dec 14 22:51:48 UTC 2009

... Well, there is Google....

The CakePHP site has the Bakery, which seems - to the extent that I've
visited it, which is perhaps not a lot - decently active. Its definitely the
place in the Cake world to do the same sort of things that Otto suggests for
WordPress. And it does work to an extent. The trouble is that when tutorials
become part of the central repository, there is an expectation set that they
will be complete in themselves, accurate and also complete in terms of
covering all subjects. In this way, the CakePHP Bakery fails miserably, as I
suspect a similar project for WP would fail.

Another problem is that, for complex subjects especially, each coder's own
style comes into play. External links allow people to describe a concept in
their own ways, leading to a more robust set of tutorials for a wider range
of learning styles. (wife's a teacher. I get this thinking from her....)

I do think the better option would be simple descriptions of each function
in WP that's usable in any way with a publicly-editable list of relevant

On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 5:26 PM, Stephanie Leary <steph at sillybean.net>wrote:

> On Mon, 14 Dec 2009 14:43:07 -0600, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:
> > Tutorials. Nothing but tutorials on specific sections of WordPress and
> > the internal functionality.
> >
> [... ]
> > Also, lots of ppl already create these, they just put them on their
> > own blogs. Make a centralized site, let people contribute tuts to it
> > (even their pre-existing ones). People will do it. Mostly for the
> > fame, but that's as good a reason as any. :)
> I agree!
> The problem with the alternative, linking from the Codex out to existing
> tutorials, is that those tutorials wouldn't be part of the search index.
> Stephanie Leary
> sillybean.net
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