Tools for Writing Better WordPress Code: The Composer Lock File Understanding how the Composer lock file prevents us from needing to commit the vendor directory to our repository.

Before wrapping up our discussion on Composer, we have one important thing left to discuss: The vendor directory (and by extension, the Composer lock file).

Specifically, we need to talk about why we don’t need to commit the vendor directory to the repository but how our contributors can be sure they have the latest version of the software needed to work with our code base.

Using code quality tools to write better WordPress code is important, yes, but understanding how to properly manage dependencies and our repository is important, too. So before looking at said utilities, let’s review the lock file, the role it plays, and why we don’t need to commit the vendor directory to our repository.

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Tools for Writing Better WordPress Code: Composer A very basic introduction to Composer explaining its purpose and how you can use it to take advantage of autoloading.

Although I think the title of this series and the articles for each are clear enough, there are other things I’m aiming to do with this series in contrast to the other series I’ve written up to this point, too.

Specifically, two of the things that I’m trying to do is to two:

  1. keep each article relatively succinct (in comparison to how previous articles have been),
  2. focus on one thing at a time and keep the description of it short.

Since this is membership content, I don’t mind it being a bit longer than usual, but I also don’t want it to be so long that it’s hard to follow. I’d rather it be a short read with something practical that you can implement after reading each post.

And one of the things that greatly helps with writing better WordPress code is Composer.

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Tools for Writing Better WordPress Code: Introduction This series will cover the tools and libraries I use for writing better WordPress code.

Over the last few years, I’ve talked a lot about the nature of code quality and various tools, processes, and libraries that I recommend using when it comes to writing code for WordPress.

I’m also open that that majority of the work that I do is in backend development. This means that I work predominately on WordPress plugins using object-oriented programming and don’t work much with templates nor as much with front-end technologies.

It’s by choice, and I’m really happy with where I am. But I digress.

If you’re in the business of doing the same thing (or doing it as a hobby), it’s not just about writing the code. It’s about having proper tooling in place.

I’ve alluded to a few in these in previous posts, but I’ve not walked through the tools I use and the set up I use whenever I’m building a solution for myself or someone else.

At least not in an organized manner.

In this series, I’m going to do exactly that:

I’m going to cover the tools I use, the libraries I use, and how I use them.

Ultimately, the goal is that those of you who read this can incorporate them in your day-to-day work to write better code.

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