WordPress Web Application Development, 3rd Edition

An inspiring and well written guide to WordPress web application development.

Author: Rakhitha Nimesh Ratnayake

Packt Publishing, 2017.

This book explores the option of adopting WordPress as the basis for web application development. In this scenario, WordPress is typically intended to replace the use a more traditional web application framework, such as e.g. PHP Zend framework.

Topics covered include how to extend the core features of WP, plugin development best practices, theme development, WP core API, custom API creation, scripting through PHP, jQuery, Backbone.js and much more.

The author is clearly an experienced developer with a very good background to cover this advanced topic, providing both high level overview and necessary details. Avoiding tedious repetitions (DRY), the book challenges the reader to try out the prescribed ideas and techniques with complex exercises at the end of each chapter.

This is a highly inspirational work on a topic that is clearly on the bleeding edge – the information in here is likely to need an update on a regular basis, as WP itself develops and matures even further, and the best practices and solution patterns evolve.

Highly recommended.