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A convenient way to use $wpdb in plugins, with custom tables and custom functions is write a class or a couple of functions that get the wp object, and configure it. An example: /* Return global wpdb aready setup with custom tables */ my_plugin_get_db( wpdb $wpdb = NULL ) { static $db; if ( is_null($db) || ! is_null( $wpdb ) ) { $db = ...


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Globalizing WordPress-defined vars is not the same as creating your own global variables. In the former, you have no choice, it's the latter which you can choose to avoid. Wrap your functions in a class and define your table name as a member var. This lets you define it in one place and keeps it out of the global scope.



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