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    Coding x GPT: Do We Even Need To Chat With Machines?

    Like a lot of folks, I am super interested in AI, but also plenty fearful. Part of it is worrying about my future employment, and part of it is wondering how much longer all this code I learned about is going to matter. I’m a super nerd for this stuff. Before we got all obsessed…

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  • Version 2

    In addition to the new consulting services I launched last year, Over the next few months, I will introduce membership plans for this site — a free plan with basic plugin generator and paid plan with access to courses and AI-powered plugin building assistant.

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    New From Plugin Machine: Josh As A Service

    New product offerings from Plugin Machine. Get help building a WordPress plugin or improving your existing WordPress site.

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    Using Plugin Machine To Build Zip Files of WordPress Plugins With Github Actions

    Testing WordPress plugins, before they are released is super important. While I’m a big fan of automated testing, that doesn’t mean you don’t need manual testing. If your plugin uses modern tooling and has a PHP and/ or JavaScript build tooling, it’s not easy to get a development version of the plugin for testing. That’s…

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    What To Test First

    When I talk about writing automated tests for WordPress plugins with other developers, I often hear that they’re not sure what to test first. I find the uncertainty around what to test first is a major blocker for writing tests. This post will address this concern. The other two big concerns I hear about are…

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    Using Laravel’s Container In A WordPress Plugin

    A common pattern in WordPress development is to have one “Plugin” class, that implements the singleton pattern, and has an instance of each class the plugin uses sets in properties. The first time the singleton is called, all of the classes are loaded and the important hooks are set. That’s a lot of responsibilities. Modern…

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