Minor programming notes

Quick announcement before things totally shut down for the holidays:

  • Martin Burke (@gitlost) will be taking the Release Lead role for WP-CLI v1.5.0, due out on January 30th. He’ll be making sure all of the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed before the version is tagged and deployed.
  • Alain will continue on as maintainer in a supporting role to Martin, helping out on a day to day basis with triaging the deluge of issues and pull requests.
  • I (Daniel) will be stepping away from day to day maintenance of WP-CLI, but will be around to support Martin and Alain as needed.

But why? Is this the end of the world?

My goal is, and always has been, long-term stability and quality for WP-CLI. I want WP-CLI to be software you can depend on for years, not months.

Part of longevity is consistent baseline investment into maintenance, with occasional bursts of new feature development. But longevity is also the human capacity around the project, of which I cannot be the bus factor. Stepping away creates space for others to step up.

Martin and Alain are very intelligent individuals. I trust they’ll do a great job.

Are you planning to come back?

We’re trialing this through the release of v1.5.0, and will reassess after that point.

I’m personally looking forward to: 1) taking a true mental break (my first WP-CLI PR was September 2012), and 2) submitting pull requests to WP-CLI as a contributor again.

If you’ve been hesitant to contribute to WP-CLI, now’s your time to dive in and help out. I’m sure Martin and Alain would love your enthusiasm 🙂

Live long and prosper!