Javascript Chat Summary: October 1, 2019

Below is a 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. https://www.javascript.com/. chat (agendaSlack Transcript)

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WordPress 5.3 progress

@gziolo announced that WordPress 5.3 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. 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. 2 is out. @gziolo asked if participants know if there any tasks left related to JavaScript coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress..

@jorgefilipecosta referred https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/47527 as a small JSJS JavaScript, a web scripting language typically executed in the browser. Often used for advanced user interfaces and behaviors. 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. that should fix a bugbug A bug is an error or unexpected result. Performance improvements, code optimization, and are considered enhancements, not defects. After feature freeze, only bugs are dealt with, with regressions (adverse changes from the previous version) being the highest priority. in the media library. The patch should be ready and needs a review. A review there would be much appreciated.

@gziolo continued by saying it would be important to merge https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/48154, which would simplify updating npm packages in WP core. But there is still this pending issue to address:

Where to put generated asset files to be consumed by PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20? At the moment they are generated in the folder, which in usual is exposed as client-side assets.

In case you have any ideas, please provide your insights on the ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker..

CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets. support in wordpress/scripts

@gziolo introduced the subject by saying that it is something that we discussed some time ago in core-js chat. It’s tracked under https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/issues/14801, and it was primarily explored by @fabiankaegy in https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/pull/14847

Participants started discussing the challenge of CSS support in wordpress/scripts.

@gziolo shared some context:

In 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/ we don’t import CSS in JS files. Instead, we have a separate build step that converts the SCSS files into CSS files which are published to npm. There is some additional step performed by webpack, but I guess it’s mostly about ensuring the LTR version is produced as well.

@nerrad said:

I do think we should have @wordpress/scripts as a utility that builds CSS as well. But getting to something that addresses the various needs of those consuming it is the difficulty here.

@nerrad concluded that we need to decide the defaults for the CSS build system with ways to override them via CLICLI Command Line Interface. Terminal (Bash) in Mac, Command Prompt in Windows, or WP-CLI for WordPress. args.

@gziolo continued and said that ideally, we should be able to reuse as much as possible of what Gutenberg uses internally. This is the only way to ensure 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/theme developers get all updates out of the box.

@gziolo questioned why developers default to importing CSS in JS file. @jsnajdr provided an answer to the question and then explained how the webpack runtime loads the assets. @gziolo found the mechanism interesting and said we should definitely explore alternatives in how we manage assets in WordPress core to better align with what JavaScript ecosystem offers these days. 

@gziolo continued the conversation and said that the mobile team is exploring how to build cross-platform UIUI User interface components.

This is the PR https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/pull/17614 which explores styled-system and styled-components.

@pinarol said we want to reach a point where we can build blocks with a cross-platform components library which enables us to implement a 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. once and run it on both web/mobile.

This requires the mobile team to find a way to have a common styling system with the web, and since CSS is not supported by ReactReact React is a JavaScript library that makes it easy to reason about, construct, and maintain stateless and stateful user interfaces. https://reactjs.org/. Native we started to investigate styled-system and styled-components. @pinarol concluded by saying that this is a problem we want to solve as soon as possible.

@gziolo said that the approach used for multiplatform comments is directly related to work of making wordpress/scripts support CSS.

Storybook

@gziolo announced that we are considering adding Storybook to help with the development of UI components.

It is possible to leave feedback on the PR’s that propose this addition https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/pull/17475 and https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/pull/17173. They are alternative versions for a similar goal.

@ajitbohra also implemented a similar solution outside of the Gutenberg repository and said he would love to consolidate efforts.

Custom element interoperability

@flixos90 proposed a PR that includes CustomElement interoperability for block types

If you care about the support for web components in Gutenberg, give the PR https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/pull/17649 a spin and help to land it.

In case, you have any insights or suggestions please share them on the PR.

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