Ignite WordCamp: You'd Beta' Test Your Plugins

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My Ignite talk at WordCamp Boston:

While the rich ecosystem of plugins is part of the joy of WordPress, poorly tested plugins can be a nightmare for both users and developers. I’ll talk about how users can easily get involved in beta testing and how developers can encourage it and benefit.

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  • Ignite WordCamp: You'd Beta' Test Your Plugins

    1. 1. You’d Beta’ Test Your Plugins! mitcho (Michael Erlewine) mitcho.com @mitchoyoshitaka January 23, 2010 WordCamp Boston CC BY-NA-SA flickr.com/photos/13287882@N03/4277656690/
    2. 2. YARPP (Yet Another Related Posts Plugin)
    3. 3. CC BY flickr.com/photos/dan4th/494086906/
    4. 4. TESTING IS HARD CC BY flickr.com/photos/cushinglibrary/3617869738/
    5. 5. EX: Your PHP uses decimal commas, but your MySQL doesn’t.
    6. 6. THE SOLUTION: BETA TESTING
    7. 7. BETA ≠ MORE BUGS
    8. 8. CC BY-NC-SA flickr.com/photos/kaptainkobold/3203311346/
    9. 9. How to beta test #1: BACK IT UP CC BY-NA-SA flickr.com/photos/ymbiont/2681111600/
    10. 10. How to beta test #2: GET BETA’D: WordPress Beta Tester plugin
    11. 11. How to beta test #2: GET BETA’D: Plugin Beta Tester plugin
    12. 12. How to beta test #3: DOES IT WORK?
    13. 13. How to beta test #4: GIVE FEEDBACK include information on your setup, such as PHP and MySQL versions
    14. 14. How to beta test #5: BE NICE twitter.com/cabel/status/7638826458
    15. 15. Tips for developers #1: GET BETAS OUT with Plugin Beta Tester upload and tag versions on wordpress.org which are greater than the “stable” version EX: 3.0 < 3.1b1 < 3.1b2 < 3.1
    16. 16. Tips for developers #2: BE RESPONSIVE
    17. 17. Tips for developers #3: BUILD FEATURES YOU USE CC BY flickr.com/photos/hooverine/2802881741/
    18. 18. Tips for developers #4: USE A PRIVATE BUG TRACKER CC BY flickr.com/photos/wheatfields/1803278949/
    19. 19. Tips for developers #5: RELEASE EARLY & OFTEN
    20. 20. MAKE THE WORLD A BETA’ PLACE Thank you!

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