python-wordpress-xmlrpc v2.0!

As WordPress 3.4 approaches RC and final release, the new features in the XML-RPC API have finally stabilized. For those Python users out there, I’ve updated my Python binding library to take advantage of the new functionality.

As part of the release, I spent the time to write proper documentation; be sure to check out the examples section! The library is now also compatible with Python 3 (in addition to Python 2.6+).

If you are currently using a previous release (1.x) of the library, be warned that 2.0 is not backwards compatible. I’ve removed all but one use of legacy Blogger/metaWeblog methods, which has caused the posts module and several others to change significantly. See the changelog for full details.

And, of course, you can download it on PyPI or directly through GitHub.

The WordPress XML-RPC (Ticket) Hit List

After half a year of complaining about the state of XML-RPC in WordPress, I’ve tried to get the stars aligned for some significant improvements in the next release (3.4). The 3.4 development cycle has just begun after the release of 3.3 last week, and I am currently on winter break until spring semester classes start on January 9. Some of the core developers have shown interest in seeing XML-RPC improved, so I hope to make their job easier by doing the legwork on patches.

As of today (12/22/2011), there are 72 open tickets in the WordPress core Trac XML-RPC component. While I’d love to see them all fixed, there is limited amount of time and so we must prioritize. This post represents my current priorities and plans. Read More…

WordPress as a Web Citizen: The Need for (Better) APIs

Prior to the 3.0 release of WordPress, I often dismissed WordPress as “just a tool for blogging.” Much to the credit of the core developers and community, WordPress has become much better suited for projects that are more complex than reverse-chronological blogging.

But when I try to use WordPress as a CMS, one of my biggest remaining stumbling blocks is the difficulty of integrating with other systems.

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