Learning By Reviewing

Joining the Reviewers Team is simple, just a matter of getting your environment setup (4-6 minutes) and grabbing a theme for review. The most interesting and valuable part is not that you’re helping out the community, but that you’re learning yourself. I personally reviewed a little less than 20 themes (and still counting) but I learned so much about them and the best practices of developing them, the Settings API, coding standards, and damn I learned two functions i had no clue about (checked() and selected()) — hope that doesn’t make me a rookie ;)

Konstantin Kovshenin from Introducing Minimal Georgia for WordPress, emphasis mine.

The WordPress.org Themes are reviewed by community members. As Konstantin points out, not only does this help the community as a whole, he also learned something new as part of the process.

Why WordPress Themes are Derivative of WordPress

Mark Jaquith has an excellent post describing Why WordPress Themes are Derivative of WordPress. Mark is one of the lead developers of WordPress and makes a living by doing freelance WordPress consulting (Covered Web Services).

What Mark points out is that WordPress and themes “run as one cohesive unit”. It’s a good read, I highly recommend it.