Meeting today: Road to WordPress 3.7 Beta 1

For the meeting today (starts in ~20 minutes), we need to work on getting to 3.7 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. 1. I think if all goes well, we can 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. Beta 1 tonight or tomorrow morning. @dd32 has been doing some incredible work on automatic updates. If you haven’t read his post on them, please do!

So, there are a few things we need to discuss and makemake A collection of P2 blogs at make.wordpress.org, which are the home to a number of contributor groups, including core development (make/core, formerly "wpdevel"), the UI working group (make/ui), translators (make/polyglots), the theme reviewers (make/themes), resources for plugin authors (make/plugins), and the accessibility working group (make/accessibility). decisions on:

1. Search results ordered by relevance, #7394. Do we take a chance on this?

2. Should we begin to require that users supply their current password in order to change their password? #20140.

3. Should we consider a slightly more conservative different approach to transient garbage collection? We do not want updates to be blamed for breaking sites. #20316. What would this approach look like?

4. How should individuals be notified via email when it comes to automatic background updates? #10787.

5. How should individuals be notified their own dashboard that their site will be safe if there is a security release?

Proposal for points 4 and 5: A green checkmark on about.php and update-core.php will let them know their install is OK and good to go for automatic background updates for security releases. (We can easily verify this without prompting the user.)

If for some reason we attempt an automatic background update and it fails to complete, then we need to email get_site_option( 'admin_email' ). We need text for this email.

If they don’t have a green checkmark, we should wait five days, after which we email them reminding them a security release is available. A timestamp five days from the point of release will be pushed via the 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.. Once that time is crossed, an email will be sent. (For a particularly critical situation, we could shorten the timeframe. For a non-security minor releaseMinor Release A set of releases or versions having the same minor version number may be collectively referred to as .x , for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, 5.2.3, and all other versions in the 5.2 (five dot two) branch of that software. Minor Releases often make improvements to existing features and functionality., we might avoid having an email sent all together). We also need text for this email (which will be a fairly nice email).

This does not accomplish all of #10787 (“Email administrators that an update is available for coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress., plugins, and themes”) but it seems to be a good security balance.

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My target is Beta 2 early next week, and Release Candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). 1 as early as next Friday. Here is our current progress on tickets:

  • There are no more enhancements or feature requests open on the 3.7 milestone.
  • There are under 20 tasks remaining for 3.7. Many of these are near completion. These need to be cleared by Beta 2.
  • There are 150 bugs open on the 3.7 milestone. We need to reduce this number to about 75 by Friday, and to zero by the end of next week. As in, these need to be cleared by RC1.

We’ll likely branchbranch A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses branches to store the latest development code for each major release (3.9, 4.0, etc.). Branches are then updated with code for any minor releases of that branch. Sometimes, a major version of WordPress and its minor versions are collectively referred to as a "branch", such as "the 4.0 branch". 3.7 at the WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Europe contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. on October 7, which means anything that is punted out of 3.7 can still make it into 3.8 starting in just two short weeks from now. A reminder, this is a very short release cycle, and 3.8 is just a few months away and begins in earnest very soon. Here is what our philosophies document says about fast, agile release cycles with crisp deadlines:

The more frequent and regular releases are, the less important it is for any particular feature to be in this release. If it doesn’t make it for this one, it’ll just be a few months before the next one. When releases become unpredictable or few and far between, there’s more pressure to try and squeeze in that one more thing because it’s going to be so long before the next one. Delay begets delay.

If we’re not confident that three weeks is long enough for something to properly soak in trunktrunk A directory in Subversion containing the latest development code in preparation for the next major release cycle. If you are running "trunk", then you are on the latest revision., let’s not be afraid to wait until 3.8.

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