Last April, Christopher Sanford launched Hookr, a WordPress hook/API reference for developers. He initially wrote the parser/indexer for his own use, to improve efficiency in his work, and was inspired to make it a public resource. “I have been professionally working with WordPress since 2.8, but most of which I would describe as ‘superficial development,'” Sanford said. “It wasn’t until later, roughly WordPress 3.5, that a large-scale WordPress project came along. “I found myself spending an obscene amount of time either digging through code within my IDE, or performing countless Google searches, in order to uncover/understand various hooks, functions, constants etc. So, I wrote a plugin that would index the application/site it was installed within– this was the first iteration of Hookr.” As a developer whose career is not based in the WordPress ecosystem, Sandford didn’t know what to expect when he tested the waters with his new public resource for developers. After several months in alpha, the traffic and feedback were enough to convince him to invest in performance improvements and an overhaul of the UI. “The alpha version of the site was truly alpha – the UI was a complete afterthought,
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