This Week in 4.6: July 4 – 10

This is the jump-start post for the eleventh week of the WordPress 4.6 release cycle.

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. 2 will land on Wednesday. Our target until then is to get the ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. count in the 4.6 milestone down to 80. (Beta 3 => 40, Beta 4 => 20, RC1 => 0.)

Priority tickets/projects this week:

  • Bug tickets for the Shiny Updates feature
  • Bug tickets for Requests/HTTP API
  • Bug reports with a patch
  • Bug reports without a patch (puntpunt Contributors sometimes use the verb "punt" when talking about a ticket. This means it is being pushed out to a future release. This typically occurs for lower priority tickets near the end of the release cycle that don't "make the cut." In this is colloquial usage of the word, it means to delay or equivocate. (It also describes a play in American football where a team essentially passes up on an opportunity, hoping to put themselves in a better position later to try again.) candidates!)
  • Tasks
  • Dev notesdev note Each important change in WordPress Core is documented in a developers note, (usually called dev note). Good dev notes generally include a description of the change, the decision that led to this change, and a description of how developers are supposed to work with that change. Dev notes are published on Make/Core blog during the beta phase of WordPress release cycle. Publishing dev notes is particularly important when plugin/theme authors and WordPress developers need to be aware of those changes.In general, all dev notes are compiled into a Field Guide at the beginning of the release candidate phase. should get written by Wednesday. Topics and authors:
    • Bootstrap – @jorbin
    • Font Native – @mattmiklic, @helen, @mapk
    • Shiny Updates v2 – @swissspidy, @obenland, @mapk
    • Multisitemultisite Used to describe a WordPress installation with a network of multiple blogs, grouped by sites. This installation type has shared users tables, and creates separate database tables for each blog (wp_posts becomes wp_0_posts). See also network, blog, site – @jeremyfelt, @flixos90, @spacedmonkey
    • CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings. – @celloexpressions, @westonruter
    • Requests/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. 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. – @rmccue, @dd32
    • dbDelta – @pento, @ocean90
    • i18ni18n Internationalization, or the act of writing and preparing code to be fully translatable into other languages. Also see localization. Often written with a lowercase i so it is not confused with a lowercase L or the numeral 1. Often an acquired skill. -@swissspidy, @ocean90
    • Widgets – @westonruter
    • TaxonomyTaxonomy A taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, some common taxonomies are category, link, tag, or post format. – @boonebgorges
    • Resource hints – @voldemortensen, @swissspidy
    • jQuery UIUI User interface datepicker localization – @zodiac1978
    • MetaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. Registration API – @helen, @sc0ttkclark, @jeremyfelt

Meetings this week:

Bug Scrubs

Feature Chats

Weekly Chats

* July 4 is a federal holiday in the US. Meeting could be canceled or postponed.

#4-6, #jump-starts