[wp-hackers] WordPress plugin inspections

Eric Hendrix hendronix at gmail.com
Wed Feb 19 22:25:44 UTC 2014

Certifications. —
Eric A. Hendrix
hendronix at gmail.com

On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 5:22 PM, Harry Metcalfe <harry at dxw.com> wrote:

> On 19/02/2014 22:15, Peter van der Does wrote:
>> snip snip
>> Does the end user really care how the code is written?
>> The grade depends on the expertise of the testers. What makes them
>> qualified to give this grade? Do they have a PHP certification, what's
>> their background?
> The really key part of this criterion is:
>> The lack of good style must materially reduce the tester's ability to
>> understand what the code is doing, thereby indicating that the lack of
>> good style has reduced code readability and maintainability.
> This isn't about aesthetics - code that is written in such a way that it 
> is very difficult to follow is also harder to maintain. It's more likely 
> to contain bugs, some of which may be vulnerabilities. And it's much 
> easier to make mistakes when editing it after you haven't looked at it 
> for a while. It's also evidence that the developer may be inexperienced. 
> These are all important factors. That said, I can't imagine that a 
> plugin would fail an inspection on this criterion alone.
> The inspections are carried out by experienced developers. I can 
> appreciate that that might not be clear at the moment. I'm not sure how 
> we'd go about reassuring people on that front, though: what would you 
> consider to be good evidence that we're knowledgeable?
> Harry
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