Tom McFarlin

Software, Development, and WordPress

Resources, Week of 5 September 2021

It’s been a little while since the last time I’ve shared some of the stuff that I’ve found. Part of it has to do with the fact that I’ve had stuff outside of work and blogging that have been of higher priority, and part of it has to do with taking a vacation.

So this is a bit of a longer list than usual but it should have enough for someone to find something interesting.

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Using a Registry, Subscribers, and Services in WordPress

TL;DR: I find the using a registry, subscribers, and services very useful when building backend-centric plugins and utilities for WordPress. This post walks through how to do it.


After working in with design patterns, object-oriented programming, and WordPress for years, common ways of solving problems are bound to arise.

This is how we got object-oriented design patterns to begin with, so maybe this is a WordPress-centric variation of that.

Though I’ve written about things such as registries in previous articles (and ones that are not that old even), it’s never a bad idea to revisit the same topic especially when there’s something to continue to add to the previous take.

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Building Backcast: Hit Pause

On the whole, writing a post about other posts – aside being very meta – isn’t something I’m fond of doing.

But here I am.

At the beginning of this year, I started working on a podcast backup utility called Backcast and I’ve been documenting the project throughout the year in a series of posts.

But given that I was making steady progress on this and given that it’s something I want to continue working on since it’s something I have use for, it seemed worth commenting on it if for no other reason than posterity.

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Resources, Week of 8 August 2021

I don’t have a lot of things to share this week – just some articles and utilities – but if I had to narrow it down to what I’d recommend reading, it’d be the articles on Things 3.14, and the article on incentivizing quality code.

That’s all my comments; on to the list.

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