Monday, 17 April 2017

What WordPress Teaches Us About Software Ecosystems

Quick Note: I’m speaking about this topic at Lone Star PHP 2017, April 20-22. If you’re looking to learn about PHP development, and can get to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, it’s a great conference and you should come! WordPress is, without a doubt, one of the most successful pieces of software of all time. Sure, Microsoft’s Office and Windows are both more influential. Apple’s iOS is huge, as is Google’s Android. Linux is no chump either. But WordPress is relevant to all those platforms and more. And it has about the same name recognition to boot. If people can name a single piece of web infrastructure technology today, there’s a good chance of WordPress being the one they know. (Not counting Facebook as infrastructure.)
WordPress people like to boast that it’s running on at least 25% of the web. And right or wrong, that number gives a pretty clear sense of the impact of it as a technology. Many web developers have opinions on Rails, Jekyll, Django, Laravel, or CakePHP. Every developer has an opinion about WordPress. Why is this?
That’s what we’re going to be exploring today: what facets of WordPress’s current and historical


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