JavaScript Chat Summary, February 26th, 2019

Below is a summary of 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. https://www.javascript.com/. chat (agenda, Slack Transcript). Have a topic for discussion for the next meeting? Leave a suggested edit on next week’s agenda.

Progress Updates

Slack Conversation

@greatislander finished adding repository.directory fields for each published package, and opened an upstream pull request to the npm-package-json-lint project so that can better enforce this for new packages introduced in the future.

@gziolo and @nosolosw completed work on extracting a reusable Webpack configuration which can be used by developers (e.g. 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 WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party authors) to easily adopt a 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ build workflow into their own projects. @nosolosw mentioned that work continues to use this configuration as the default when running wp scripts build if no explicit configuration is provided.

Package Releases Feedback and Enhancements

Slack Conversation

@youknowriad shared a summary of the current workflow for publishing npm packages, the shortcomings therein, and proposed a revision to the workflow which better supports more regular publishing accommodating WordPress minor releases.

I propose we update our workflow to the following: (assuming the version number of the packages are major.minor.patch)
– Rename the current g-minor branchbranch A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses branches to store the latest development code for each major release (3.9, 4.0, etc.). Branches are then updated with code for any minor releases of that branch. Sometimes, a major version of WordPress and its minor versions are collectively referred to as a "branch", such as "the 4.0 branch". (the branch from which the npm releases are made) to wp/trunk
– Every time a new plugin version is released (using our current plugin releaseRelease A release is the distribution of the final version of an application. A software release may be either public or private and generally constitutes the initial or new generation of a new or upgraded application. A release is preceded by the distribution of alpha and then beta versions of the software. workflow), merge this version into wp/trunk, do an npm package release by bumping at least the « minor » version number (or major but not patchpatch A special text file that describes changes to code, by identifying the files and lines which are added, removed, and altered. It may also be referred to as a diff. A patch can be applied to a codebase for testing.)
– Every time, the WordPress SVNSVN Subversion, the popular version control system (VCS) by the Apache project, used by WordPress to manage changes to its codebase. trunktrunk A directory in Subversion containing the latest development code in preparation for the next major release cycle. If you are running "trunk", then you are on the latest revision. is branched (to create WordPress 5.1, WordPess 5.2… branches) — this happens in general when the WordPress major RC version is created —, create a corresponding wp/5.1, wp/5.2 etc… in GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can 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. https://github.com/ based on wp/trunk.
– This wp/x.x branch will serve to release package releases used in Minor and security versions of WordPress. All package releases happening from these branches will bump only the patch version number of the package.


Special cases:
– Sometimes WordPress trunk is closed (in general it last 2 to 3 weeks) between betaBeta 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. and RC. During this period, we’ll have a Gutenberg plugin release that is not going to be released as npm packages directly until WordPress trunk is open again.
– For previous WordPress versions that contain packages (5.0 and 5.1) we didn’t have enough room for package version upgrades for security and patch versions that might be needed in the future. For these particular cases, we’ll use the « build metadata » version modifier supported by npm. Example 1.2.4+sec.1

Discussion followed this proposal, clarifying details of the revised workflow. There was general consensus that the proposal was agreeable.

As a next step, @youknowriad plans to open a pull request proposing revisionsRevisions The WordPress revisions system stores a record of each saved draft or published update. The revision system allows you to see what changes were made in each revision by dragging a slider (or using the Next/Previous buttons). The display indicates what has changed in each revision. to the current release workflow document.

Open Floor

Slack Conversation

@greatislander requested an update on when the jest-puppeteer-axe package would be made broadly available, as its unavailability is a blockerblocker A bug which is so severe that it blocks a release. to the accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) team being able to implement front-end tests for themes. In mind of the above release workflow proposal revisions, it was suggested that it could be published this week if the workflow changes are adopted.

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