Haven’t posted much in a while for a couple of important reasons. The biggest reason is that I’ve been home on a personal matter. The second reason is I have been heads down reading to get myself up to speed on WordPress internals. I initially purchased two books on the subject:
My expectation was that Smashing WordPress would show me all the internals and the basics of extending WordPress with plugins and whatnot and that Wicked WordPress Themes would have all the detail I needed on theme development that was passed over by the first book. I started reading Smashing WordPress and am still reading it. For the most part, it does what I want it to do. It is still a bit light on some areas where I want more detail. I think it is meant to live between a design book and a programming book. In the future I hope to do a more thorough review of this book. I haven’t delved into the Wicked WordPress Themes book yet, though a friend of mine at tcassdesign has. He is more of a design guy and liked what he read. He quickly stopped reading when that book delved into code.
Feeling that Smashing WordPress is missing some of the detail I want, I decided to pick up Professional WordPress. This book arrived today and I have yet to even crack the spine. I plan to review this book too.
What I can say so far is that at least for me, having a book to guide my study is extremely helpful. I know most if not all of this material is available online somewhere. The problem is I don’t know what I don’t know. The books collect the ideas together and guide my further inquiry. So, for now my head is down and I am studying. Reviews to come in the future.