Dev Chat Summary: July 31

This post summarizes the weekly devchat meeting from July 31st, 2019 ( Slack Archive).


@chanthaboune reported that she was recently told what a patient and welcoming group CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. is. Kudos to all for being so welcoming!

The following announcements were posted requesting feedback in the last week:

Also, PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher 7.4 has hit the 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. stages and is target for public release in late November.

@kadamwhite asked what the most productive way to express support for the proposed plan to raise the minimum PHP version. The fear expressed was that +1 comments would be unproductive noise. @miss_jwo confirmed she was OK with +1 comments.

Upcoming Releases

5.3 Update

@chanthaboune has a few updates that she still needs to post.

However, after reaching out to a few people (and being proactively reached out to by several others), the picture being painted indicates an early November release is feasible. This would mean a post WordCampWordCamp 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 (November 1-3) but pre US Thanksgiving (November 28) timeframe.

Some attendees expressed hesitation to committing to a release date too soon after WCUS. But there seemed to be a sentiment that with enough advance notice and an early enough release candidaterelease 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). (early October at the latest), a date within this general timeline could work. There is currently no new default theme planned for 5.3.


A few people thought that 5.2.3 could still be warranted between now and November. #47797 was raised as a possible ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. (and anything else needed to prepare for a PHP version bump in 5.3) for inclusion in 5.2.3.

Component Maintainers:

The following upcoming meetings were called out by component maintainers in attendance:

  • Media – Thursday, August 1, 2019 @ 13:00UTC
  • 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”) – Thursday, August 1, 2019 @ 1800 UTC

@jorbin also called out that now is a great time to make the push for PHP 7.4 compatibility. Getting the 7.4 job to pass in Travis is a good first step.

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