There are three main focuses this year: the REST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/., the editor, and the customizer 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..
For the REST API we’re going to work on getting first party wp-admin (and super admin) usage of the new endpoints, and hopefully replace all of the core Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. places where we still use admin-ajax.
The editor will endeavour to create a new page and post building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML HyperText Markup Language. The semantic scripting language primarily used for outputting content in web browsers., or “mystery meat” embed discovery.
The customizer will help out the editor at first, then shift to bring those fundamental building blocks into something that could allow customization “outside of the box” of post_content, including sidebars and possibly even an entire theme.
Each focus will have a tech lead, and a design lead, and I’ll be working closely with each to make sure we’re aligned and moving diligently in the right direction even though we don’t have the normal release hooks In WordPress theme and development, hooks are functions that can be applied to an action or a Filter in WordPress. Actions are functions performed when a certain event occurs in WordPress. Filters allow you to modify certain functions. Arguments used to hook both filters and actions look the same.. These starting leads will be:
REST API: Ryan McCue and KAdam White.
Editor: Matias Ventura and Joen Asmussen.
Customizer: Weston Ruter and Mel Choyce.
Given there is no set timeline for releases that would normally set a term, these leads are free to bow out at any time they feel they can’t contribute fully and we’ll find a replacement.
You might be wondering what each lead is responsible for. The REST team gave some thought to this for their focus, and this is the list they came up with:
Tech Lead responsibilities:
- identify and ensure implementation of first-class REST API usage within WP-Admin,
- replacing/refactoring admin-ajax use.
- overall REST API architecture
- infrastructure and endpoint performance
- security at an infrastructure and endpoint (data-exposure) level
- improving authentication options and documentation
- working with the Design Lead to build new, or expand on existing, endpoints
- working with the Design Lead to address usability feedback for the infrastructure and endpoints
Design Lead responsibilities:
- usability of endpoints for internal or external clients
- usability of the infrastructure from the perspective of a API 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. client
- working with the Editor and Customizer focus teams to collect requirements and gather feedback
- identifying ways to improve the overall experience for folks building clients or consuming endpoints (like documentation)