Dev Chat Summary: September 05, 2018 (4.9.9 week 4)

This post summarizes the weekly dev chat meeting held Wednesday, September 05, 2018, 20:00 UTC, including topic updates from the lively August 29 dev chat. Agenda | Slack Archive

4.9.9 Updates & Planning

Release Leads

  • After a lively discussion about the ideology of the leadership structure for minor releases during the August 29 dev chat, and following through on our effort to develop a broader group of people who can lead releases, @antpb and @schlessera will serve as co-leads for 4.9.9. @sergeybiryukov will assist with commits. There were 21 emoji reactions to this message in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at, so it’s official. No takesies backsies.
  • A tentative schedule will be announced once release leads can align schedules for the next 6-8 weeks.

4.9.9 Inclusions

@youknowriad mentioned it would be lovely for these two REST APIREST 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”) issues to land in 4.9.9:

If you have other issues you’d like to see in 4.9.9, come on over to next week’s chat. We’ll keep the lights on for ya.

Focus Lead & Component Maintainer Updates

GutenbergGutenberg 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.

  • We’ve got a 3.7 release! This version includes clarifications for some coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. interactions, expanding the Unified Toolbar mode, squashing Gutenbugs and SO. MUCH. MORE. 
  • Please continue to provide us with feedback via testing and blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. usage. 
  • I personally appreciate any and all Gutenberg puns. Thanks in advance!

JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser.

The fab JSJS JavaScript, a web scripting language typically executed in the browser. Often used for advanced user interfaces and behaviors. team posted notes from their weekly chat. Thanks @matveb for posting the recap! Highlights:

  • Deprecation strategy
  • Allow building in `src`
  • Guidelines for including WP packages

General Announcements

A second dev chat? 

  • During the August 29 dev chat, we notified the channel that we had volunteers to host a second dev chat at a different time on Wednesdays. The goal of having a second dev chat is to see if expanding dev chat across another set of time zones would be more inclusive of the non-U.S. based WordPressers.
  • Following a lively discussion, those who volunteered to lead the second chat are drafting a proposal that is still a WIP. We’ll open up the discussion again during next week’s dev chat.

Merge Proposal: Dark Mode

  • @danieltj is here 100% here for our eyeballs with Dark Mode. His merge proposal answers what Dark Mode is and isn’t, especially the big question about why it isn’t a color scheme. You have to click to find out. I’m not spoiling it here.
  • Further testing and feedback is needed, so please help out if you can.

HTTPSHTTPS HTTPS is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. This is especially helpful for protecting sensitive data like banking information.

tl;dr – This conversation has moved over to #core-http in Slack and is being self-organized by those involved. And yes we know that channel name is not secure!

  • Chrome stepped their game up when it comes to flagging non-SSLSSL Secure Sockets Layer. Provides a secure means of sending data over the internet. Used for authenticated and private actions. sites, so @westonruter suggested we do the same when encouraging users to enable HTTPS whenever possible. 
  • Some additional resources on this topic:

That’s it! We’ll see you at <dev chat> next week: Wednesday, September 12 20:00 UTC in the #core Slack channel. 

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