This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from August 2nd (agenda, Slack archive).
4.8.1 RC2 feedback & planned release post-devchat
- 4.8.1 includes fixes for the text widget, delayed yesterday due to performance issues identified
- 4.8.1RC2 on WordPress.com An online implementation of WordPress code that lets you immediately access a new WordPress environment to publish your content. WordPress.com is a private company owned by Automattic that hosts the largest multisite in the world. This is arguably the best place to start blogging if you have never touched WordPress before. https://wordpress.com/ stable, no longer experiencing the performance issues
- No noticeable feedback in the forums regarding the text widget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. changes, Trac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. has been quiet in the widgets component
- #41373 reported against 4.8, doesn’t seem to be a new regression A software bug that breaks or degrades something that previously worked. Regressions are often treated as critical bugs or blockers. Recent regressions may be given higher priorities. A "3.6 regression" would be a bug in 3.6 that worked as intended in 3.5. introduced by 4.8.1 or a blocker A bug which is so severe that it blocks a release.
- No concerns with the plan to release 4.8.1 after devchat
- 4.9 release schedule page is available, with particular highlights:
- WordPress 4.9 will be the second “major” release of 2017 with the theme of editing code, managing plugins and themes, a user-centric way to customize a site, and polishing some recently added features over this last year.
- October 4, 2017 is Beta 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 and feature project merge deadline.
- October 30, 2017 is Release 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). and soft string freeze.
- November 14, 2017 is 🎶 Target date for release of WordPress 4.9. 🎶
- @melchoyce and @westonruter are co-Release Leads. 🎉
- Updated set of goals for the 4.9 release and updates to the stale Customize component page coming soon (but first, release 4.8.1)
Editor / Gutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ updates
Call for Component Maintainers
- @drewapicture completed annual audit of Component Maintainers, some areas where new maintainers could be useful
- The list on Make/Core Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. reflects the most current list of maintainers
- Please reach out if you’re interested in becoming a component maintainer
- @jorbin: submissions open for Kim Parsell Memorial Scholarship for WordCamp 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. US
- WordPress Foundation gives out a scholarship that covers the cost of hotel, transportation and a ticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. for WordCamp US
- Must be: person who self-identifies as female, active contributor to WordPress via a contributor team or a local meetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. or WordCamp organizer, has financial need, and has never attended WordCamp US
- No age limit on this scholarship, though older women are especially encouraged to apply
- If you fit the requirements, please apply. If you know someone that qualifies, please encourage them to apply.