Tom McFarlin
Tom is a self-employed developer who loves writing, building, and sharing WordPress-based projects. He runs Pressware where he provides WordPress goods and services. You can follow him on Twitter.
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    Object-Oriented Programming in WordPress: Control Structures IWordpress oop
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    WordPress is a powerful CMS that provides a flexible foundation on which to build both sites and applications. If you want to extend WordPress functionality, then you do so via plugins. Although there are a number of different ways to do that, this series has us taking a look at object-oriented programming specifically from the perspective of a beginner and in the context of WordPress.Read More…
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    Quick Tip: Post Types, Taxonomies and PermalinksPost types taxonomies urls
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    Custom Post Types and taxonomies are two powerful features of WordPress. Unfortunately, they can have a tendency to cause problems if developers aren't familiar with how permalinks, URLs, and rewriting works within WordPress. In this quick tip, we aim to cover the topic very briefly to make sure you know all you need to know about WordPress URLs, custom post types, taxonomies, and how they all relate.Read More…
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    Familiar With Magento or OpenCart? Write for Us!Writeforus 400
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    During the first quarter of this year, we had an amazing group of authors join our team, and we began to expand our frequency of posting regarding WordPress development. We've also transitioned over to a new design, but we're not done. We're looking to add a few more authors, but we're widening our scope. Work with Magento or OpenCart and want to join the author team? Read on!Read More…
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    Object-Oriented Programming in WordPress: TypesWordpress oop
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    In the last post, we took a look at classes which are the building blocks of object-oriented programming. Before we go any further, we need to take a survey of some of the data types that PHP offers. Though we won't be reviewing every type in this particular article, we're going to take a look at some of the more popular types that we'll be using in WordPress development.Read More…
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    Object-Oriented Programming in WordPress: ClassesWordpress oop
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    Classes are the foundation of object-oriented programming. For some, the concept is simple; for others, not so much. In this article, we're going to continue our beginner's series on object-oriented programming by taking a look at the concept of classes and how they lay the foundation for everything we'll use moving forward.Read More…
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    Object-Oriented Programming in WordPress: An IntroductionWordpress oop
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    One of the most flexible aspects of WordPress is that it supports both procedural and object-oriented programming paradigms. In this series, we're going to take a beginner's look at object-oriented programming and we'll do so within the context of WordPress.Read More…
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    Using WordPress for Web Application Development: A ReviewApplication foundation 400
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    Over the past few months, we've been taking a look at all of the features and aspects that make WordPress a potential foundation for application development. In fact, we've spent roughly 15 articles talking about all that WordPress offers. And though we'll be reviewing each of the points in this email, perhaps the biggest thing to take away that building web applications using WordPress is different than using many of the popular frameworks that are currently available namely because WordPress isn't a framework.Read More…
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    Using WordPress for Web Application Development: Custom Database QueriesApplication foundation 400
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    Throughout this series, we've been looking at the various facilities that make it possible to treat WordPress as a foundation for web application development. Thus far, we've covered a lot of ground: We've talked about how WordPress is more of a foundation rather than a framework. We've discussed the nature of the the Event-Driven Design Pattern. There's been a discussion of Email, User Management, Saving Data, Retrieving Data ...and more. In the most recent articles, we've been talking a look at how to handle queries against the WordPress database through the use of WP_Query and WP_User_Query.Read More…
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    Using WordPress for Web Application Development: WP_User_QueryApplication foundation 400
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    In this series, we've been taking a look at how WordPress can be used to development web applications much like a number of different frameworks and other tools that are available. Starting in the last article, we began looking at the different options that we have as it relates to querying the WordPress data. First, we reviewed WP_Query.Read More…
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    Using WordPress for Web Application Development: Features: Custom Queries with WP_QueryApplication foundation 400
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    We've been looking at how WordPress can be used as a foundation for application development, but one of the things that we've yet to cover that most modern frameworks offer is how to query the database to retrieve results for any given view. Specifically, we haven't talked about how to get information out of the database and insert it into our pages.Read More…
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    Using WordPress For Web Application Development: Available Features, Part 7: CachingApplication foundation 400
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    When it comes to building web applications, one of the most important things that we have to constantly be mindful of is performance. As they say, performance is a feature. And regardless of if you're a designer, developer, or a user, you know this intuitively to be true: When it comes to applications, we hate waiting. We get frustrated when things don't perform fast enough, or we have to wait longer than we believe that we should.Read More…
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    Using WordPress For Web Application Development: Available Features, Part 6: URL Rewriting (or Routes)Application foundation 400
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    One of the nicest things about modern web application development frameworks is that they provide a way to generate really clean routes—or URL schemes—that map to the conceptual model of how the application is structured.Read More…