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WordPress 3 Plugin Development Essentials by Everett Griffiths, Brian Bondari

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Tools for web development

The tools you need to develop plugins for WordPress are essentially the same tools you need for developing almost any web application, specifically:

  • WordPress
  • Text editor
  • FTP client
  • MySQL client (optional)

WordPress

If you are going to develop plugins for WordPress, you need WordPress itself and an environment that can run it. Download the latest version of WordPress from http://wordpress.org/download. It is then just a matter of finding a suitable place to install it.

WordPress 3 runs on a web server (most commonly Apache) that can run at least PHP 4.3 and MySQL 4.1.2—WordPress 3.2 requires PHP 5.2 and MySQL 5.0.15. Since both PHP and MySQL are widespread web technologies and WordPress is such a popular blogging tool, most ...

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