Dev Chat Summary – 25 November 2020

The meeting was facilitated by @thewebprincess while @thelmachido took notes. Full meeting transcript on slack. Both groups followed the pre-prepared agenda

Highlighted Posts

  1.  A week in Core. Take a look at what changed on TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. between November 16 and November 23, 2020
  2. On November 24 the Field Guide was updated with new  Dev notes
  3. WP release cycle. If you work for a company whose product is influenced by WordPress releases, you are encouraged to join the discussion about aligning the WP release cycle with industry standards
  4. 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 and themes developers releases depend on CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress., so it’s important that extenders reply.
  5. With the 5.6 release scheduled for December 8th, let’s start planning for 5.7. What’s on your wish-list for version 5.7
  6. The marketing team are starting working on ‘the Month in WordPress in their weekly meeting, please reach out if you have any contributions to share.
  7. Last but not least, the PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher 8 dev notedev note Each important change in WordPress Core is documented in a developers note, (usually called dev note). Good dev notes generally include: a description of the change; the decision that led to this change a description of how developers are supposed to work with that change. Dev notes are published on Make/Core blog during the beta phase of WordPress release cycle. Publishing dev notes is particularly important when plugin/theme authors and WordPress developers need to be aware of those changes.In general, all dev notes are compiled into a Field Guide at the beginning of the release candidate phase. is now published. Folks are reminded to continue testing PHP 8

Component maintainers and focus leads

 PHP 8 Dev Notesdev note Each important change in WordPress Core is documented in a developers note, (usually called dev note). Good dev notes generally include: a description of the change; the decision that led to this change a description of how developers are supposed to work with that change. Dev notes are published on Make/Core blog during the beta phase of WordPress release cycle. Publishing dev notes is particularly important when plugin/theme authors and WordPress developers need to be aware of those changes.In general, all dev notes are compiled into a Field Guide at the beginning of the release candidate phase. @sergeybiryukov advised that PHP 8.0 release is scheduled for November 26. The dev note does a great job summarizing the changes and challenges PHP 8.0 brings for WordPress core and plugin or theme authors, so give it a read. There are a few components without a maintainer, and some that could use more maintainer support, a challenge was raised to people to consider contributing in this way, it’s not as hard as you might be thinking! See the discussion here and pick a component to dive into.

Open Floor


The Marketing Team is working on a social media pack on version 5.6, if anyone would like to support this, please let @lmurillom or @abhanonstopnewsuk know. Follow the conversation on slack 

Questions and answers for version 5.6
Where uploaded yesterday on 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/. @abhanonstopnewsuk – “ l would like to thank everyone who has already helped with this from the release squad, core and marketing, and a big shout out to @vimes1984 and  @meher who have led these questions and answers work with me over the last month.”

There are a number of tickets coming in since 5.6 RC1. @hellofromtonya will be scheduling a pre-RC2 Scrub Scheduled: Nov 30th @ 1900 UTC and will drop tickets into #core channel over the next few days to escalate.

The theme/theme directory teams have two requests for feedback on the make blogblog (versus network, site)https://make.wordpress.org/themes/2020/11/18/theme-previews-in-the-time-of-blocks/ and https://make.wordpress.org/themes/2020/11/19/feedback-requested-resolution-process-for-issues-found-in-live-themes/  please review and add your thoughts.

Mike asked for more testing assistance with https://github.com/WordPress/phpunit-test-runner/issues/121 in the hopes we can get this across the line. Finally, Paal posted a note that he’s going to be focusing on improving the structure of the handbooks, watch this space to see how that develops

Next Dev Chat Meeting

The next meetings will take place on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 07:00 AM GMT+2 and Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 10:00 PM GMT+2 in the #core SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel. Please feel free to drop in with any updates or questions. If you have items to discuss but cannot make the meeting, please leave a comment on this post so that we can take them into account. 

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