[wp-hackers] Code reviews for plugins?
eric at eamann.com
Thu Aug 19 20:01:27 UTC 2010
I, for one, would love to participate in a peer review process.
I recommended last year that someone* put together a group of developers to
review plug-ins. I was hoping we could flag "reviewed" plug-ins in the
repository to give them a bit of extra work - like verifying that a new version
really does worth with the version of WordPress it claims to. If we *could*
flag such plug-ins, it would give the quality ones more weight and allow for a
quick filter or search.
In any case, +1 on the idea. And seriously, keep us apprised regarding any kind
of wpcodereview.com collaboration.
On August 19, 2010 at 7:44 PM Mike Schinkel <mikeschinkel at newclarity.net> wrote:
> 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?
> Whatever the case, +1 on the concern and the desire to do something about it.
>  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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