Post By Email weekly update

This week, I finally released the Post By Email 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 into the official repository, which inspired me to do a lot of incidental cleanup (readme files, test instructions, etc.).

I finished updating the CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. deprecation patchpatch A special text file that describes changes to code, by identifying the files and lines which are added, removed, and altered. It may also be referred to as a diff. A patch can be applied to a codebase for testing. for 3.7 — it’s in the plugin repo and will be submitted back to TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. once my mentors get a chance to review it.  (Comments and feedback welcome!)

I also powered through the remaining infrastructure tasks.  The latest version is 0.9.9 (look how close that is to 1.0!  SO CLOSE) and includes the following:

  • Improved error and status logging
  • Scheduled mail checks via wp_cron
  • Prettified settings page (with stuff like consistent date/time display)
  • Autoloading of Horde library files (HT to ryanmccue for the example)

If you happen to have access to an unsecured POP3 mail server and want to test this and see what breaks, I’d love to hear about it.  (Be sure to patch Core with the deprecation patch first to avoid weird behavior.)

The 1.0 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. will include IMAP and SSLSSL Secure Sockets Layer. Provides a secure means of sending data over the internet. Used for authenticated and private actions., at which point I will start requesting 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. testers in earnest.

I just spent the last few hours tracking down a bugbug A bug is an error or unexpected result. Performance improvements, code optimization, and are considered enhancements, not defects. After feature freeze, only bugs are dealt with, with regressions (adverse changes from the previous version) being the highest priority. in my clear_log function, which turned out to be caused by the Settings APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. validation function being triggered when an AJAX function (called from the settings page, but not with a form submit) called update_option.  I worked around that, but haven’t yet figured out why it’s happening at all — any insights would be appreciated.

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