Hi everybody! Some of you may know me from various patches or WP-related endeavours: I’m Ryan McCue, developer of the SimplePie library used in coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress., along with a HTTPHTTP HTTP is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. HTTP is the underlying protocol used by the World Wide Web and this protocol defines how messages are formatted and transmitted, and what actions Web servers and browsers should take in response to various commands. library called Requests, and long-time core hacker. I’ve been working with WordPress for quite a while now, both on open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. and professional work with clients. What you may not know is that I’m also studying Electrical Engineering and Maths at UQ in Australia, and I’m here to give you a heads up on my Summer of Code project over the coming months.

For those who missed the discussion on wp-hackers about my proposal, I’m working on a JSONJSON JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML.-based REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/. for core. I started on this with an initial proof-of-concept back at the end of last year, and I’m now working on expanding this out into a larger project. The code is being written as a pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party for testing, with the goal of having it integrated into core in some form post-GSOC.

I’m planning on following a releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. strategy similar to MP6, with a weekly release along with the updates included in the release. At the moment, I’m working on completing the basic reading and writing of post data having just completed the major design documents, and I’m hoping to get the first weekly release out next week. I have a more detailed timeline which you can check out in my announcement post on my blogblog (versus network, site).

(You’ll notice I’m currently about a week behind on my schedule, which I suspected may happen, as I’m in the midst of my final exams here. I’ve allocated an extra week just before the midsemester review for catching up if I don’t do so before then.)

As it is, the plugin is in a usable format, and you can grab it from either GitHub or Subversion. I’d also recommend checking out the GSOC Trac issues if you’d like to keep track of the status. I’d love to have your feedback (especially on the design documents) as I move forward.

Cheers, and I look forward to working with you all in the coming months!

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