A coding editor. Among developers, news of a quality editor travels fast. However, every developer will have their own preferences. Our advice is to test out a number of them, before narrowing down your options to one or two. We like Atom because it’s open-source and free, but there are plenty of other stellar options. A local development environment. Creating a site offline is possible, and a local WordPress installation is the answer. There are a few strong solutions around, but DesktopServer is a front-runner, mainly because you can set up a fresh WordPress installation in seconds using the smooth interface. A selection of starter themes. While this isn’t a necessary step, having a well-coded starter (i.e. ‘bare bones’) theme at your disposal saves you countless hours of development, and gives you a solid base to work from. Underscores is a top option, as it’s maintained by Automattic (the developers of WordPress). We’ve covered how to use … [Read more...] about Back to Basics: A New Developer’s Guide to Creating WordPress Products
Web Development (General) Upwork: $32 – $95 Freelancer.com: $10 – $99 Guru.com: $11 – $55 PeoplePerHour: $10 – $78 Joomla Upwork: $20 – $100 Freelancer.com: $10 – $60 Guru.com: $8 – $60 PeoplePerHour: $10 – $140 Drupal Upwork: $15 – $119 Freelancer.com: $9 – $65 Guru.com: $8 – $60 PeoplePerHour: $10 – $106 Quick note: Though it’s not obvious from the numbers I noted down, the average hourly pay for Drupal developers is definitely higher, especially on Upwork. The low numbers here are because some people give a range of hourly rates and I had to go with their lower limit. … [Read more...] about Are WordPress Developers Really Cheaper to Hire?
Recounting the story now, it’s debatable if it was worth adding filterSchema() to the interface, knowing I was going to remove it was worth it. I had to refactor my test mocks to conform to this interface as well. Once an interface is used in the real world, changing it is a backwards compatibility breaking change. Interface signature changes happens in Laravel major version upgrades. You have to change your concrete implementations to match or the upgrade causes fatal errors. … [Read more...] about Advanced OOP: Refactoring Is An Opportunity To Adopt Test-Driven Development
In my last post in this series on advanced PHP object-oriented programming for WordPress development, I walked through refactoring the low-level API of a plugin, using tests to guide the process and make sure everything works correctly. I say “low-level API” because the focus was on the internal of how the system will work. I didn’t cover too much of wiring things together. In this article, that’s where this post picks up. … [Read more...] about Developing New Features For Extensible WordPress Plugins Using Test-Driven Development