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: Building the Plugin IIWordpress oop
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    In the previous article in this series, we finally began preparing the foundation for the plugin that we're going to be writing. Specifically, we took a look at the file organization, the components, and the actual details of what the plugin is going to do. We also stubbed out the code that we'll be filling out in this tutorial.Read More…
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    Object-Oriented Programming in WordPress: Building the Plugin IWordpress oop
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    At this point in the series, we're finally able to begin building our first plugin using the object-oriented techniques that we've learned thus far in the series. If you're just now joining us, I highly recommend catching up on the series thus far; otherwise, you may risk missing out on some of the key points that we're going to be demonstrating as we begin to build out the plugin over the next few articles.Read More…
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    Object-Oriented Programming in WordPress: ScopeWordpress oop
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    In continuing our discussion of object-oriented programming in WordPress, we need to begin talking about the idea of scope. In short, this refers to the idea as to how classes can control how their attributes and functions are accessed (or whether or not they can even be accessed). This is yet another core idea of object-oriented programming after which we should be in good shape to begin working on an actual WordPress plugin.Read More…
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    Object-Oriented Programming in WordPress: Functions and AttributesWordpress oop
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    As we continue our discussion of object-oriented programming within the context of WordPress, it's time for us to begin talking about actual features of object-oriented programming. Though we've already covered classes, we needed to explore some foundational programming constructs before coming back around to some of the core object-oriented concepts. In this article, we're going to begin talking about functions and attributes: two foundational aspects of object-oriented programming.Read More…
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    Object-Oriented Programming in WordPress: Control Structures IIWordpress 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. In this post, we're looking at a second set of control structures that allow us to control the flow of code throughout an application.Read More…
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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…