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The Definitive Guide to Craft Validation for Plugin Developers (the Book)

Published on 18th May, 2015

Today I’m very pleased to announce the release of our first Craft ebook: The Definitive Guide to Craft Validation for Plugin Developers.

It provides a complete guide to validation in Craft 2, all the way from the high-level concepts, right down to the nuts and bolts of implementation.

A little history

Regular readers of this blog1 may remember that towards the tail-end of 2014 I wrote a series of posts on validation in Craft. As with most of the blog posts I write, that series came about because I needed the information, and couldn’t find an existing resource which answered my questions.

Since then, my complete inability to retain useful facts has resulted in me becoming a very regular reader of that original series of posts.

This, in turn, meant that I kept noticing its flaws. I also found myself longing for something as basic as a table of contents, because I can’t even remember which post to go most of the time.

Rather than facing up to my impending dementia, I decided the best course of action would be to organise the posts into an ebook. With a table of contents. Hell, maybe even an appendix.

The idiotic misconception which prompted this idea was “How much work can it possibly be?”.

Quite a lot, it turns out.

Now that the book is finally done, I expect we’ll see a massive drop in (my) traffic to this site, but it’s been worth it. I’ve rectified the structural deficiencies of the original blog series, fixed a couple of outdated references, and generally improved things all round. My amnesiac self appreciates the effort.

The obligatory call to action

If you want to know how to implement validation in your Craft plugins as quickly and effectively as possible, check out the book on Leanpub. You can download a free sample, and all purchases come with a 45 day, no quibble, 100% money-back guarantee.


  1. If such a thing is possible, given the extremely irregular blogging schedule. ↩︎