Dev Chat Summary – 2 December 2020

The meeting was facilitated by @peterwilsoncc and @thewebprincess while @mikeschroder and @johnbillion took notes. Full meeting transcript on Slack. Both groups followed this pre-prepared agenda.


  • WordPress 5.6 RCrelease 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). 2 has been released!

Highlighted Posts

  • A Week in Core – November 23, 2020
  • What’s next in Gutenberg? The monthly report is out
  • Discussion: Update the updater
  • 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, and 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. are continue to be updated ready for final release, here’s the latest dev-notes.
  • Release cycle discussion post – we need your feedback!
  • WP Notify project review

Component maintainers and focus leads

@peterwilsoncc reminded everyone that these components are in need of maintainers:

If you’re wondering what being a maintainer involves, @markparnell linked this guide from @francina.

Open Floor

@noisysocks requested review on #51612, which aims to make the  render_block_data, pre_render_block and render_block_context filters run on nested blocks. The PR with the latest approach can be found here.

The 2000 UTC group discussed #51913 and #51918 which led into a general discussion about the level of PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher 8 support in 5.6 and how to communicate it. @marybaum asked for clarity to ensure all the marketing messaging is accurate.

The current consensus is that coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. is “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.-compatible”, which means 5.6 works on its own with PHP 8, but that any given site may not work due to the plugins and themes in use and that more defensive programming is needed in core.

Next Dev Chat Meeting

The next meetings will take place on December 9, 2020 at 0500UTC and December 9, 2020 at 2000UTC in the #core SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at 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. 


Apologies from @johnbillion for the late posting of this summary. The post sat in draft until today when I was reminded of it.


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