Mobile Dev Chat Aug 29, 2012 

Summary of the dev chat held in IRC on Aug 29, 2012. Chat log.

Agenda:

  • WPiOS 3.2 cycle status update, todos
  • WPAndroid 2.2 status update (we’re in beta!)
  • WPWindowsPhone 1.7 planning and heads up
  • Core revisions and preview API in 3.5

WPiOS 3.2 cycle status update, todos

  • We went over the current status of version 3.2 and noted progress on Featured Image support, visual editor for iPad iOS5+, and Notifications screen for WordPress.com + comment notifications. Visual editor and Notifications for WordPress.com are in trunk, however in a very rough state, but we’re moving along steadily. There are plenty of tickets open in Trac though and plenty for would-be contributors to look into!
  • We discussed the visual editor a bit, reiterating the need to have it not tamper with posts in an unexpected way. The toolbar will need to be changed a bit to accommodate the new editor (indicating “active” status). @irbrad is going to look into some of the top plugins that alter/hook into the editor and how we need to tackle those in the app. To test this properly we’ll need to compare existing (old) posts from a large number of different websites and make sure that the markup/content is not altered in a negative way by using the app. Special care needs to be taken to shortcodes and full embeds.

WPAndroid 2.2 status update (we’re in beta!)

  • The app’s in beta, and it’s going well so far. Some issues/concerns have come up: Featured Image support is not checked remotely (we’ll work on this) and tapping images to open details in the post editor is cumbersome at times.

WPWindowsPhone 1.7 planning and heads up

  • While there’s no ETA on when the dev cycle could start just yet, we foresee this cycle starting right around WPiOS 3.2 is out.
  • There’s a tentative road map in Trac already, to bring the app up to speed with the other apps, prepare it for Windows Phone 8, and resolve lingering UX issues.
  • @maxcutler highlighted that Windows Phone 7 apps will work on Windows Phone 8, and so our aim should be to improve the app and not exclude older devices – especially since these can’t upgrade .
  • Some concerns were raised about the WordPress.com app developed by Automattic for Windows 8, that it doesn’t fit so well into this new suite of OS’s and software that’s coming from Microsoft. We’ll need to think it through, but it may make sense to help turn this app into a full “regular” WordPress app with management capabilities and support for self-hosted blogs.

Core revisions and preview API in 3.5

  • @mrroundhill brought up the need for an improved Gallery API, although it may be a tight fit to do in time for 3.5. We decided that it would be best to hold off on gallery support in the apps for now, until the API is improved. Post revisions should help with this.
  • The feature freeze is coming up and it’s time to complete the patches and send ‘em in, so it’s now the biggest priority to get the patches in that we need. @kokejb still has the lead here but should call in help accorndingly.