JavaScript Chat Summary – April 28th, 2020

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: Changelogs for npm packages (@gziolo)


Discussion was around:

  • How to make it easier to distinguish unreleased changes.
  • Can we somehow inform about the estimated date of the next npm release?
  • Possibility of adding linting rules.
  • Possibility of using a standard format (such as keepachangelog or atlassian changesets).


Some proposed next steps are:

  • Revisit some of the changelog verification work (@aduth)
  • Create a proposal for very standardized formatting of changelogs.

Agenda: ReactReact React is a JavaScript library that makes it easy to reason about, construct, and maintain stateless and stateful user interfaces. Fast Refresh (@gziolo)

Slack |Github comment

React Fast Refresh is coming to React ad Greg was wondering if we should start testing it with wp-scripts start as well.


  • Potentially experiment with things like React Fresh Refresh by putting it behind an env flag to start.

Agenda: Restoring TypeScript Types (@aduth)

Slack |Github

Of note is that with the work in the linked pull, it was decided that the project would be using React types directly rather than trying to abstract them through @wordpress/element.

For most consumers I hope it’s a detail most folks won’t even notice. It’s particularly important when doing more complex type operations. React exposes a lot of mapped types (think of functions on types) that will be necessary in some cases, but for the most part folks will continue to do import { Component } from '@wordpress/element'; and get all the right types.

Jon Surrell

Open Floor:

News Roundup

This roundup contains a few links 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. and JavaScript related news curated (and commented on) by @nerrad

Other Random Stuff

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