WordPress Blogs You Follow Regularly…?

This weekend, I got a message from a fellow WordPress-developer whom I highly respect. In the note, Mario asked:

I was curious, do you follow other WP bloggers or have a go-to list for people still actively writing?

Which is a good question because, to be honest, there aren’t that many people I know in WordPress who blog regularly.

WordPress Blogs You Follow Regularly (If Any)

This isn’t to say there aren’t a lot of people in WordPress who are active on Twitter or actively sharing their stuff on other channels like GitHub, Slack, newsletters, etc., but there aren’t many people who are actively writing on their blogs.

And maybe it’s weird, maybe it’s not, but I’d assume that those involved in WordPress development of some sort would occasionally write on some place on the web.

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How to Create a Zip File With Excluded Files and Directories

Whenever we’re working on a project that requires some custom functionality, we still try to abide by the whole themes-are-for-presentation and plugins-are-for-functionality even if it’s not something that has any use outside of our projects.

This doesn’t mean we don’t use source control or anything like that, but it’s just that not everything that is open-source by its license is available for download because it has no applicability outside of a niche use case.

But that’s a discussion for another time.

All I’m saying is that even though we may be working on something just for us, we don’t abandon good development practices.

And there are times, say, where we may be sharing files, source code, or something via Slack that is not yet ready to either commit or to share any other way. In times like that, it’s helpful to be able to create a zip file, right?

Slack: Sharing a plugin without source control.

But sometimes, we need to create a zip file with excluded files.

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Adding Visual Studio Code Debug Configuration

In earlier posts, I’ve talked a bit about Visual Studio Code the least of which not being the importance of debugging your code with Xdebug.

One of the questions I’ve received (and seen elsewhere around the web) is how to actually setup Visual Studio Code debug configuration. That is, you have Xdebug installed, you have the module specific in your PHP configuration file, but there’s no way to actually activate the debugger within the IDE.

Instead, you see something like this:

Visual Studio Code Debug Configuration

This is an easy fix.

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