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

Josh Pollock jpollock412 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 20 18:02:21 UTC 2014


I don't know what the spec is supposed to be, but had a few thoughts on

I would suggest you search Otto's site for the article he wrote on handling
plugin dependencies in themes. The code in there would be a good place to
start, or at least study, as it doesn't require anything besides plugins
having a valid header.

Also, have you seen http://wpackagist.org/ ? It could allow a dependency
manager to use composer without having to require plugin developers to
manually add composer support, which isn't feasible.

Take care,

On Thursday, March 20, 2014, Atanas Penchev <atanaspich at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello!
> 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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