[wp-hackers] Code reviews for plugins?

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Thu Aug 19 19:52:28 UTC 2010

I am a very-much-still-learning plugin developer/contributor. I've tried to
use best practices, to the best of my ability - but would welcome any and
all review/criticism of my plugins.

So, I'll be interested to see what becomes of this discussion, and to avail
myself of whatever that might be.


On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 2:44 PM, Mike Schinkel
<mikeschinkel at newclarity.net>wrote:

> Matt:
> 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.
> -Mike
> [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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