[wp-hackers] Code reviews for plugins?

Mike Schinkel mikeschinkel at newclarity.net
Thu Aug 19 19:44:45 UTC 2010


I had the same idea recently and registered http://wpcodereview.com for that purpose.  Want to collaborate?

Another option might be to see if we could somehow use the voting mechanism that works so well to surface reviews of plugins on WordPress Answers[1]?

Whatever the case, +1 on the concern and the desire to do something about it.

[1] http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/

On Aug 19, 2010, at 3:39 PM, Matt Jacob wrote:

> Fact: the quality of plugins in the repository is generally pretty low.
> Obviously, there are exceptions, and those exceptions rise to the top and become more popular. But for the 10,000-some plugins listed, I bet that fewer than 100 of those would be considered best practices in plugin development. Unfortunately, most---not all---plugin developers probably don't even give a crap.
> For those developers who *do* give a crap (or several craps), and who *do* want to publish high-quality plugins, what resources are available? I was thinking it might be neat if more experienced WP developers from wp-hackers volunteered to do code reviews of up-and-coming plugins (initiated by the plugin developer; not just a random selection).
> You could be the best software engineer in the world, but WordPress is a separate beast. It's a huge system that's evolved over many years, and the fact of the matter is that the more experience developers need to pass on the tribal knowledge they've acquired along the way. IMO, code reviews are a good way to do that.
> Thoughts?
> Matt
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