Dev Chat Summary: August 22, 2018 (4.9.9 weeks 1 & 2)

This post summarizes the weekly dev chat meetings held Wednesday, August 15 and 22, 2018 (August 15 agenda | August 22 agendaAugust 15 “tidechat” Slack archive |August 22 Slack archive).

It’s a two-for-one chat notes bonus! Lucky you, Internet.

4.9.8 Feedback

Most importantly, we are grateful that we’re receiving so much feedback, and genuinely empathize with the inevitable frustration that accompanies developing and using new features.

Unfortunately, we have to address some of the unproductive communication contained in some feedback submissions, even going as far as to personally attack Gutenberg contributors. It’s easy to submit negative feedback when you don’t have to look someone in the eye, but there are IRL humans with IRL feelings who receive and address those tasks. 

If you are providing feedback please follow the WordPress Etiquette and Support Forum Guidelines. Utilizing respectful, productive phrasing is also a fantastic way to ensure your submissions are taken seriously and acted on swiftly.

4.9.9 Planning & Lead Nominations

  • We don’t have a hard timeline yet for 5.0, so once we select leads for 4.9.9 it’s looking like a regular 6-8 week maintenance cycle.
  • This is likely the last week for 4.9.9 lead nominations. Non-engineers can be leads, too! Nominate your pals or nominate yourself – by leaving a comment here or DMing @jeffpaul

Focus Lead & Component Maintainer Updates

Gutenberg

So many enhancements and Guten-bug* fixes over the last few weeks:

Also, pay special attention to this issue overview on introducing and/or extending PHP APIs.

*You’re welcome.

REST API

  • The REST API team met earlier this month to discuss 5.0 planning, meta handling and authentication. 
  • If you’re interested and available, the REST API team is looking for a lead contribution for the authentication plugins. Hit up @kadamwhite directly or mosey on over to the #core-restapi channel.

JavaScript

More chats!

  • August 14, 2018Highlights: Optimizing WordPress package distribution using NPM
  • August 21, 2018 | Highlights: Use of globals, lodash import, polyfills for built-ins, a proposal for managing packages, and including vendor scripts in plugins.

PHP

Tide

Tide 1.0.0-beta has come ashore!* What is Tide? 

Tide is a series of automated tests run against every plugin and theme in the directory and then displays PHP compatibility and test errors/warnings in the directory.

– I copied/pasted this from here

The Tide team can be found at #tide in Slack, and welcomes input for release candidate inclusions for an eventual 1.0.0 release. 

*I’m sorry.

General Announcements

It’s been awhile since we evaluated the weekly <dev chat> schedule, so here we are. Some options discussed included:

  • Alternating time zones every other week
  • Having two chats in one day at different times
  • Moving everyone to NYC and @joemcgill will pay all expenses

This is a call for a lovely person or two to help us coordinate a second/alternate <dev chat> time. 

Comment on this post or message @jeffpaul and/or me in Slack.

The next <dev chat> will take place on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 20:00 UTC in the #core Slack channel. Please drop in with any updates or questions. If you have items to discuss, drop a comment on next week’s agenda post, so we can take them into account. 

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