Javascript Chat Summary – October 16, 2018

Below is a summary of the discussion from this week’s 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. chat (agenda, Slack Transcript)

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Agenda: “Props” for 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. Merge

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How are props being handled for the merge of Gutenberg code?

  • consensus was mostly reached on GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. profile attribution for any involved in a pull request.
  • There were not concrete plans for technical process implementation of props yet.


  • Discussion can continue in the meeting notes, or revisited in a future meeting.

Agenda: “Internationalization”

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  • Proposal for language packs
  • for v1, utilize `wp_localize_script` for loading/queuing translations.
  • for v1, generate translationtranslation The process (or result) of changing text, words, and display formatting to support another language. Also see localization, internationalization. file (po,mo,jsonJSON JSON, or JavaScript Object Notation, is a minimal, readable format for structuring data. It is used primarily to transmit data between a server and web application, as an alternative to XML.…) for every single JSJS JavaScript, a web scripting language typically executed in the browser. Often used for advanced user interfaces and behaviors. file


  • split this out into a 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. tracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. and create tickets/issues on different projects as necessary. (owned by @herregroen)

Agenda: PluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party 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. Scaffolding

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There are some recently released projects designed to aid developer experience around plugins and blocks for Gutenberg:

  • Work also started on a solution based on the above which is purely JS based.


  • continue feedback/evaluation on the pull request

Agenda: Pending bump of Node’s LTS version from 8.x to 10.x

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  • probably only request a bumping of the relevant files with node version in them.
  • possibly some docs updating needed.
  • revisit in a following meeting.