I wonder how much WordPress is an outlier in even the PHP universe for tolerating the idea that it’s “punishment” and “unfair” to be held to a standard with mandatory testing for code that’s admitted to the WordPress.org repo for use on potentially 40% of the web:
…the biggest controversy seems to be whether this new [testing] tool [for plugins submitted to wordpress.org] will be used to unfairly punish developers who use a different coding standard (either out of preference or sometimes out of necessity).
There’s no controversy. This just muddies the waters and confuses standards with styles.
Felix Arntz‘s proposal for a plugin checker tool was clarified to emphsize that coding style would not be enforced by this testing tool — the focus is on security and performance. If the performance hogs and security failures that could be prevented is a non-zero number, it’s a net gain for some trivial ego pain. So I’m glad to see there was generally enthusiastic support for this.
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