Dev Chat summary – February 5, 2020 (5.4 week 4)

The chat was facilitated by @davidbaumwald on this agenda.

Full meeting transcript on Slack

This devchat marked week 4 of the 5.4 release cycle.

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Upcoming Releases – 5.4

We are currently in week 4 since WordPress 5.4 kick-off.

Further informations:

@audrasjb pointed out that it would be good to add more 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. scrubs to help ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. and punting when necessary, to help contributors to focus on tickets that are realistically going to land in 5.4.

In addition to the scrub he scheduled for early Friday morning and Monday, @davidbaumwald will host another on Sunday.

Reminder: 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. 1 is the deadline for Feature Requestfeature request A feature request should generally begin the process in the ideas forum, on a mailing list, as a plugin, or brought to the attention of the core team, such as through scope meetings held for each major release. Unsolicited tickets of this variety are typically, therefore, discouraged. and Enhancementenhancement Enhancements are simple improvements to WordPress, such as the addition of a hook, a new feature, or an improvement to an existing feature. type tickets. The full list of such tickets can be found with this Trac query.

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. Navigation 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.

@noisysocks noted that including this block in the 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. could generate confusion for end users, as it will appear as a standalone block without any of the accompanying features (Full Sitesite (versus network, blog) Editing and a new nav-menu.php page) that will makemake A collection of P2 blogs at, which are the home to a number of contributor groups, including core development (make/core, formerly "wpdevel"), the UI working group (make/ui), translators (make/polyglots), the theme reviewers (make/themes), resources for plugin authors (make/plugins), and the accessibility working group (make/accessibility). this block actually useful. He felts unsure if we want to remove this block from the 5.4 scope or not.

@jorgefilipecosta agreed with the concerns being raised by Robert. He said he was operating under the assumption that the navigation block needed to be part of 5.4. But from his side, he think we can change that assumption. He also think the navigation block by itself without Full Site Editing is not very useful for most users.

Note: the Navigation Block was officially removed from the release scope two days after the dev chat.

Plugins & Themes Automatic Updates

For reference, see the two related TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. tickets: #48850 and #49199.

@audrasjb updated the current work on the related tickets:

  • Technical aspects of the feature still need a lot of review from deeply experimented coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. committers
  • Design changes need to be validated by the design team

According to @audrasjb, there is a quite solid basis, but the Core team still needs to take some decisions about this feature, as we are approaching beta 1.

@desrosj made a deep review of the technical changes, and shared his concerns about the feature and also an alternative 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..

@mapk, @karmatosed and @audrasjb iterated on the user experience and their work is close to be finalized.

Email notifications are handled by @desrosj and will need copy review. @marybaum is available to help on that side.

The release Team will take the final decision about implementing automatic updates for Plugins & Themes in WordPress 5.4 before Beta 1 is released, and will publish a post on Make/Core to announce their progress on this specific topic.

#5-4, #auto-update, #gutenberg