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...

Never Set Defaults in the Database

Speaking of defaults, NEVER SET DEFAULTS IN THE DATABASE. Not ever. The theme options you store in the DB should always, always, *always* be something the user has selected. If the user selects the default, then that’s fine to set in the DB. but you don’t set it in the DB just because it’s not set at all. get_theme_mod has a second option for the default value. So does get_option for that matter...

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