I am really impressed with Generate WP. It lets you use forms to easily configure exactly what you want to do in WordPress theme dev and then it outputs the code.
The Codex documentation on the Shortcode API shows just how easily you can add a shortcode to your site. There's a good tutorial on how to do this over on WP Tuts+
I was happy to stumble across the site wpseek.com, which works as an all things WordPress search engine. What really impressed me though is their API, which let's you do things like get specs on a specific function or a list of all WP functions. For example using the following URL http://api.wpseek.com/?method=wordpress.getfunction&s=the_title will return a … Continue reading WP Seek WordPress Search Engine API
The template tag for creating a link to an author page is the_author_link(). You would use it like this: <a href=""> Read more on the the author link page on the codex.
In watching Randy Hoyt speak at 2013 WordCamp Miami he talked about how to use HTTP API, which is perfect for my zacgordon.com site, where I am want to pull in data from all my different sites.
Chrome has a setting that lets you use a shortcode in the address bar to search a site. If you go into Settings > Search > Manage search engines and scroll down to "Other search engines" you will likely see a list of sites setup with shortcodes. I use the shortcode wpcodex to search the … Continue reading Search the WordPress Codex from the Chrome Address Bar