Code Revisions: Week 3

Week 3 of GSoC: Half-way to midterm and half-way to feature complete betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process..

The last week was about restoring code revisionsRevisions The WordPress revisions system stores a record of each saved draft or published update. The revision system allows you to see what changes were made in each revision by dragging a slider (or using the Next/Previous buttons). The display indicates what has changed in each revision. (#296). There again the problamatic part was how differently WordPress handles themes (#306) and plugins (#307). By now I am actually considering to streamline the two editor files (theme-editor.php and plugin-editor.php) using a general code editor class. Espacially 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 Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party-editor.php does some weird stuff: The plugin query var for example often contains the last viewed file instead of the plugin’s main file. There are actually already multiple trac tickets regarding stuff like this. But this would be out of scope of my project – maybe something for after midterm, depending on the project’s progress.

Until next tuesday I will teach the plugin to pay attention to direct file changes through ftp or theme/plugin updates (#303). Users should be able to see how their own changes were overwritten. This is of special interest when the user intends to reimplement his own changes or wants to check if bugs he fixed are now fixed officially.

If you are interested you can test version 0.3, report bugs and follow on further progress on trac.

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