[wp-hackers] Is WP_INSTALLING constant here to stay?

Dino Termini dino at duechiacchiere.it
Wed Jan 23 03:22:55 UTC 2013

Thank you, Mike,

that’s exactly the reason why I was trying to do the same thing with my

 *From:* Mike Schinkel <mike at newclarity.net>
*Sent:* January 22, 2013 8:20 PM
*To:* wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com
*Subject:* Re: [wp-hackers] Is WP_INSTALLING constant here to stay?

On Jan 22, 2013, at 12:29 PM, Andrew Nacin <wp at andrewnacin.com> wrote:
> I would avoid this. Here's but five reasons why:...

In general, 99.9% of the time I agree with you. However there's one
use-case we ran into where we had to do otherwise and I'm wondering is
there is a way to do it the "right" way and still meet the UX requirement?

We were building a Facebook-like predictive search drop-down and we ran
into latency issues that the person developing it said he could only
resolve the latency issues by directly loading a PHP file via AJAX and
setting the SHORTINIT constant to true before including wp-load.php.  I
won't name the person who wrote it but he has an extremely high reputation
on WordPress Answers.

So how would you in a plugin set SHORTINIT which bypasses loading plugins
and still use WordPress' core AJAX handler given that SHORTINIT is crucial
to achieving reasonable latency?  I really hope there is a way to do this
but looking at his code I can't currently envision what that would be.


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