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Learning WordPress REST API

By : Sufyan bin Uzayr, Mathew Rooney
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Learning WordPress REST API

By: Sufyan bin Uzayr, Mathew Rooney

Overview of this book

The WordPress REST API is a recent innovation that has the potential to unlock several new opportunities for WordPress developers. It can help you integrate with technologies outside of WordPress, as well as offer great flexibility when developing themes and plugins for WordPress. As such, the REST API can make developers’ lives easier. The book begins by covering the basics of the REST API and how it can be used along with WordPress. Learn how the REST API interacts with WordPress, allowing you to copy posts and modify post metadata. Move on to get an understanding of taxonomies and user roles are in WordPress and how to use them with the WordPress REST API. Next, find out how to edit and process forms with AJAX and how to create custom routes and functions. You will create a fully-functional single page web app using a WordPress site and the REST API. Lastly, you will see how to deal with the REST API in future versions and will use it to interact it with third-party services. By the end of the book, you will be able to work with the WordPress REST API to build web applications.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Learning WordPress REST API
About the Authors
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Progressive enhancement of WP REST API

With the established progress within the REST API community, there is one perspective that definitely deserves more attention and consideration, which is why we talk about the progressive enhancement of the WordPress REST API, which is the development route proposed by the contributor team behind the API for its future. With the imperfection that Matt Mullenweg considers to be the problem holding up the REST API's integration in the core, progressive enhancement comes as a proposed solution for forward-compatibility with upcoming releases of WordPress and the way robust handling of data types is handled in WordPress. It is said that progressive enhancement would unblock the REST API from its state, as parity with every feature of the WordPress is admittedly considered to be the wrong approach, says McCue.

Custom Post types have that freedom in regard to working with data and a robust system that indicates feature support via the REST API. For example...