[wp-hackers] GSoC 2014: Plugin Dependencies and possibly Asset Pipeline

Atanas Penchev atanaspich at gmail.com
Thu Mar 20 17:20:26 UTC 2014


I am interested in writing a Plugin Dependency Manager solution for
WordPress. However, I was wondering if that manager is supposed to look for
other plugins as requirements or only for assets?

If it is the first case, every plugin developer will have to follow a
specification. Furthermore, as the minimum requirements for WordPress are
below PHP 5.3, we cannot use PHP namespaces for plugins which makes the
task more complex. Even so, if a healthy plugin dependency manager is
developed, I believe the WordPress ecosystem will become more solid.

However, if we are only interested in assets loading, we could look into
somehow implementing Bower or a similar custom solution (maybe in
conjunction with with Grunt, which WordPress is already using). In that
case, the plugins dependency project overlaps with the Asses Pipeline
project and I will be happy working on them.

What are you thoughts and advices? Any help would be appreciated.

With kind regards,
Atanas Penchev.

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