Write your own HTTP API wrapper

Write your own HTTP API wrapper that throws exceptions — come on, you’re a programmer, do what programmers do: make a personal, convoluted abstraction layer. :-) Andrew Nacin on WP_Error Which is a nice read on wp-hackers by the way, about how WP_Error is used and why it shouldn’t be replaced by PHP5 exceptions, which I never liked. If you’re really thinking of writing an HTTP...

Otto on WordPress Updates

You should update any and all plugins immediately when there is an update available, period. If the plugin author has a habit of introducing new versions with bugs, then you should stop using that plugin and find a different one instead. I do not see it as a good idea to introduce anything which even remotely suggests that it is okay to not update. It is not okay. Update. Immediately. Always...

Easiest Way to Annoy Andrew Nacin

Easiest way to annoy @nacin: "When is WordPress moving to github?"
— scribu (@scribu) June 29, 2012

The answer is never. Here’s a git version of the repository synced with SVN every 15 minutes. Your pull requests will most likely be ignored. Enjoy! :)

Nacin and Westi on the Admin Menu Code

Without a doubt, the worst code in core exists in admin/menu.php, admin/includes/menu.php, and admin/menu-header.php
Andrew Nacin

And in reply to Andrew:

It’s not code, it’s bits that met and became bytes.
Peter Westwood

Change the WordPress Core to Django

I couldn’t not post this tweet by Andrew Nacin. Seriously, why not change the WordPress core to Django? ;) Perhaps the author of the quote meant a Django-style templating engine, which is indeed cool and quite popular too. Oh well, that was a good laugh, thank you!

One-Sentence Startup Pitch

My company, CryoSitters, is developing a way to cryogenically freeze children for short periods of time to help parents that cannot find babysitters, with plans to eventually package our technology in affordable home kits.
via TechCrunch

Don’t Create a Quote Shortcode

Don’t create a “quote” shortcode when the HTML “blockquote” tag does a perfectly good job. I’ve seen themes that have shortcodes for quotes, citations and headers but no support for the same styling with HTML tags.
Sawyer Hollenshead on Building WordPress Themes You Can Sell

Google Webmaster Team on SEO

We’ve seen this a lot, keyword stuffing, the strong tag miss-used and of course the heading tags. I’m deeply sorry folks, but Google is right, for good and long term relationships with the search giant you should put all your effort into content. The rest is just good practice. And if you haven’t seen this yet, you should: Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide.