[wp-hackers] I'm interested in a good book

Bjorn Wijers burobjorn at gmail.com
Thu Jul 28 08:30:45 UTC 2011

I agree with Josh that most books will be out-of-date, but IMHO the
Codex also lags behind development, so I would like to suggest to use
the WordPress source code in combination with a tool such as phpxref[1]

[1] http://phpxref.sourceforge.net/

ps: I you want to develop plugins and to a lesser extent themes you'll
need at least a basic understanding of PHP (and html/javascript) and the
ability to write it from scratch. It probably wouldn't hurt to have some
experience with database such as MySQL as well.


On 07/27/2011 06:39 PM, Joshua Sibelman wrote:
> I've looked at several books over the past couple of years, and the
> biggest problem with them is that they're out of date before they're
> published. WordPress changes pretty frequently, too frequently for
> books to keep up IMO.
> The Codex is really the best source, plus there are a number of
> bloggers out there who offer up-to-date tutorials on how to work with
> WordPress' innards.
> If you're not very good with PHP, then that will be a handicap, and
> it might be worth looking at a book to help you with that end of
> things. With a good understanding of PHP, most of WordPress is very
> straightforward.
> Hope this helps, Josh
> On Jul 26, 2011, at 6:47 PM, Rick Maltese wrote:
>> I need an advanced book on Wordpress that explains the database and
>> hopefully has a lot of examples. I am not very good with PHP and as
>> I understand the wpdb class has numerous functions that are unique
>> to the class. I need a good review of how to send data from a form
>> to a new form and capture it all in a database. I have been told
>> that the gravity plugin handles this very well. Anyone else here
>> have dealings with the gravity plugin?
>> Thanks Rick Maltese 
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