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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    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…
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    Using WordPress For Web Application Development: Available Features, Part 5 - Retrieving DataApplication foundation 400
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    By now, you know that the purpose of this series is to demonstrate how WordPress can be used as a foundation for web application development. We started by taking a high-level look at many web application design patterns, how WordPress differs, and why WordPress should be considered to be more of a foundation rather than a framework.Read More…
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    Interested in Writing For Wptuts+? Read On!Writeforus 400
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    If you're an expert at WordPress - at least in some way - then we're interested in talking to you! As we start the new year, we're in need of a few new, terrific authors to help us publish content on Wptuts+ for at least one-to-four times per month. Specifically, you'll be expected to submit at least one article a month, and you're free to choose your topic as long as it appeals to the audience. Regardless of if you're someone who considers themselves a beginner, an intermediate, or an advanced user, we're interested in hearing from you! Note that this is a paid gig, so if you're looking write as well as make some money, then read on!Read More…
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    Using WordPress for Web Application Development: Features: Saving DataApplication foundation 400
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    When it comes to the web, almost any application that runs within your browser is backed by a data store of some type. Usually, these data stores are in the form of a type of database. Until recently, most applications were built on top of some type of SQL database, but with the rise of document-based databases such as CouchDB, other applications have begun to use other backends as well.Read More…
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    Using WordPress for Web Application Development: Features: EmailApplication foundation 400
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    One of the major components of every web application is its ability to send email. Now this doesn't mean that each web application is its own mail client (though people do certainly create their own). Instead, I mean that applications normally send emails when a user signs up, a user modifies their password, when something in the system changes, or - more generally speaking - whenever something occurs for which the site owners want to notify the users.Read More…
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    Using WordPress for Web Application Development: Features: SessionsApplication foundation 400
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    In this series, we're taking a look at how it's possible to build web applications using WordPress. Thus far, we've talked about how WordPress is a foundation (rather than a framework), its architecture, how we need to conceptually think of it when approaching it especially coming from other languages, and then we began talking about the components that make up a basic web application.Read More…
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    Using WordPress For Web Application Development: Features: User ManagementApplication foundation 400
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    Throughout this series, we've been taking a look at how WordPress can serve as a foundation for web application development. The thing is, up to this point, we haven't really taken a look at the features of WordPress that really contribute to building web applications. Instead, we've spent time looking at how WordPress serves as a foundation rather than a framework, and we've looked at how WordPress is organized in comparison to many of the modern frameworks that are available.Read More…
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    Using WordPress for Web Application Development: Understanding Events, Actions, and FiltersApplication foundation 400
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    Throughout this series, we've been taking a look at how WordPress can be used for building web applications. Up to this point, we've established that WordPress is a foundation - rather than a framework - and we've talked a bit about how we need to avoid trying to shoehorn WordPress into another type of design pattern than that of its native type.Read More…
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    Using WordPress for Web Application Development: The Conceptual ModelApplication foundation 400
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    With people beginning to realize WordPress' potential as an application foundation rather than just a content management system or a blogging platform, this series is focusing on just how WordPress can be used for such projects.Read More…
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    Using WordPress for Web Application Development: Rethinking ArchitectureApplication foundation 400
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    In this series, we're in the process of talking about how we can build web applications using WordPress. And though this isn't a technical series in which we'll be looking at code, we are covering topics such as frameworks, foundations, design patterns, architectures, and so on.Read More…
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    Using WordPress for Web Application Development: An IntroductionApplication foundation 400
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    Now more than ever, developers and designers are beginning to see the potential for using WordPress as a way to build web applications. By that, I mean that the community is beginning to see that WordPress can be used for more than blogging and more than just content management: Instead, it can be used to power database-backed applications that run within the context of the web browser.Read More…