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OOPS-WP: Object Oriented Programming Structures for WordPress

This library provides a collection of abstract classes, interfaces, and traits to help promote object-oriented development in WordPress.

Installation

The preferred way to install the latest stable release of OOPS-WP is via Composer. From your project directory, you can run:

composer require webdevstudios/oops-wp

This will install the library relative to where you called the command, at /vendor/webdevstudios/oops-wp. You can navigate to that directory to look through the various classes, interfaces, and traits that are available for you to use. In order to make those structures available to WordPress, you'll need to require the Composer-generated autoload file:

if ( is_readable( __DIR__ . '/vendor/autoload.php' ) ) {
	require_once __DIR__ . '/vendor/autoload.php';
}

Note: Details on why we include the is_readable() check is available in the wiki.

A Caveat

WordPress isn't designed to be compatible with Composer, and many plugins and themes may wind up using the same libraries. This library is recommended for use in agency-type projects where have full control over the development and installation environment. Including OOPS-WP as part of a packaged release may mean that multiple different copies could wind up getting installed and included in a project, thereby causing unforeseen errors in the system. This is a shortcoming of the way WordPress resolves dependencies, and not one of OOPS-WP. For more information about this issue, we recommend checking out this great article on by Peter Suhm on WPTavern.

Documentation and Development Roadmap

In its initial release, OOPS-WP contains very few structures to facilitate plugin and theme development. There are a handful of interfaces: Hookable, Runnable, and Registerable, and a few abstract classes, notably ServiceRegistrar, Service, EditorBlock, and PostType. These were borne around the need to quickly scaffold some basic structural entities at WebDevStudios, but they are not the only data structures supported by WordPress.

To see what WordPress structures are under development, you can visit the Issues page of this repo. For documentation and examples on how to use the structures this package provides, you can visit the Wiki.

Versioning

This project follows semantic versioning best practices. What this means is that PATCH releases (e.g., 0.1.1) will include only minor bugfixes or other non-functional updates, such as the text in this README. MINOR releases (e.g., 0.2.0) will include new features, such as additional class structures, and backward-compatible friendly changes. MAJOR releases (e.g., 1.0.0) will contain changes that break backward compatibility. As such, you should be able to safely run composer update webdevstudios/oops-wp on packages that are versioned to a major release (e.g., ^1) without worrying that the updates will break your site. Upgrading to the next major release will mean that you will likely have to make updates to all of the classes that make use of this library to ensure that they're adhering to the latest APIs.

Contributing

See the contributing doc for information on how to contribute to this project.

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