The core team meetup (affectionately ref…

The core team meetup (affectionately referred to as #wptybee) began Sunday night with the arrival of Westi and Otto. Many flight cancellations, re-bookings, and delays on Monday saw the arrival of Mark Jaquith, Pete Mall, Andrew Nacin, Matt, Ryan Boren, J-trip, and Daryl. Tuesday brought Mike Adams and John Ford, and Dion Hulse arrived in a horse-drawn carriage (read: rental car) driven by Lance Willett. Austin Matzko arrived Wednesday.

  • Monday was a travel day. Tacos for dinner, greetings, but not much work on core.
  • Tuesday was spent by the lead team trying to figure out wtf was wrong with 3.1 bulk actions so we could put out RC3. It’s still going on. In the evening we had Matt’s surprise party.
  • Wednesday was the first real “summit” type day, as Tuesday’s work was very similar to what we do remotely, just with some talking out loud. On Wednesday the 3.1 angst continued, but we also discussed some possibilities for 3.2 (keeping the release small, focusing on easier/better updates, PHP5, etc) and the 2011 theme (build on what is awesome about 2010, possibly add a template or two to make it more attractive for CMS use, maybe rotating headers?), and there was a group Tracfest at night over pizza and beer. This included discussion of how we might better section off tickets for: 1. Things we already know we want in the next major release, 2. Things we like the idea of, but won’t target for a specific release until there’s a good patch for it (as opposed to deciding we want it in the next release before writing the patch), 3. Things we’re interested in personally, but would like to see as a plugin first to evaluate and/or test if it’s really necessary for core (we want to start doing this a lot more). More discussion likely to ensue on that in IRC.
  • Today we’ll be having a chat with the mobile team to discuss how the two groups can collaborate so there’s more continuity in the WordPress experience, how to leverage the quite-big WP community to increase participation in the quite-small mobile apps project communities, and in general how to make the mobile apps an integral part of the WordPress experience and community. No more red-headed stepchildren!

Hoping for more Trac triage today — the goal is to empty awaiting review and future release by end of meetup (possibly not realistic given late arrivals, birthday time-out, hangovers, etc) and get everything looked at and put into a more specific milestone — and some of the higher-level vision talk we originally intended for the meetup when we planned it (thinking it would be 3 weeks after the release of 3.1). Will post additional updates as we continue.