4.1 Kick-off Meeting, 2014/09/29

These are my rough highlights from yesterday’s kick-off meeting. They emphasize who is working on what.

https://irclogs.wordpress.org/chanlog.php?channel=wordpress-dev&day=2014-09-29&sort=asc#m929822

johnbillion:

Preliminary session management interface: https://i.imgur.com/sHz2oeV.png
There’s a repo: https://github.com/johnbillion/wp-session-manager/

Various tasteful and sensible people:
“We might end up calling this the Keep Ryan Happy release”
“the rboren happy release, for those who don’t know, is fixing and improving mobile stuff”
“ryan deserves happiness. Not just because I want mobile and media too :)”

johnbillion:
Also on the list is improvements to the UI when installing and updating plugins, themes, and core. I want to get rid of the ancient UI which has been in core since we first started doing updates inside core

markjaquith:
So, one of the things I originally wanted to do (and avryl had in early versions of the Focus plugin) was to do some fading of the rest of the UI when you are actively typing into a post. I think this would get us the rest of the way to DFW’s feature set.
So my goal for 4.1 would be to remove DFW completely.
We also could/should do the fancy scroll behavior for the menu like we do for post side metaboxes.

nacin:
1) the theme will be ready by October 25
2) if the theme is not on track for that, the default themes are matt’s pet project, and he will allocate appropriate design and development resources to make sure it will be ready by October 25

johnbillion:
One last feature that I forgot, I’d love to get the language chooser on the General Settings screen to be able to download and install new languages like we planned for 4.0 but had to get punted

helen:
mentioned this a couple weeks ago i believe, ericandrewlewis and i are experimenting with tackling some tickets as a plugin to start so we can move faster: https://github.com/helenhousandi/wp-19867-9864
currently working on a branch that uses select2 to help with scaling issues with the users dropdown – would look to bring this to pages, tags/nonhierachical taxonomies, and the multisite add user and add site forms.

DH-Shredder:
I’d like to do some work with markoheijnen on getting a few of the image manip API improvements in before image-flow

netweb and helen:
#22435 Export API <- Would be great to get this in, has-patch, needs-testing, adds export unit tests to core and that will help other export related tickets.
https://github.com/hlashbrooke/Export-Plus

boonebgorges:
I’ll be working on syntax and internal improvements for WP_Tax_Query, WP_Date_Query, WP_Meta_Query. Berzerk test coverage, support for multi-relational/nested queries, some other goodies. See eg #29738

jeremyfelt:
I want to get a bunch done around multisite unit testing and rewriting some old junk to clean things up a bit. This should help us start moving steadier with other improvements.

boonebgorges:
Also want to investigate moving WP_Meta_Query to subqueries rather than JOINs because of the massive crappiness of JOINing the meta tables. May not have time for 4.1, but will start doing some benchmarks. #24093
https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/24093 Future Release, sc0ttkclark->(no owner), new, WP_Meta_Query is inefficient when referencing the same keys in “OR” query

boren:
I’ll be evangelizing flow and visual records. http://simp.ly/publish/rBkqyq

#4-1, #kickoff, #meeting