DevChat meeting Summary – December 30th, 2020

@lukecarbis and @audrasjb led the weekly meetings of the WordPress CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. team, respectively at 05:00 UTC and 20:00 UTC.


The WordPress 5.7 Development Cycle has been posted. The core team is targeting a final release date of March 9, 2021. More information available on the milestone page.

@hellofromtonya published the incoming bug scrubs schedule for 5.7.

The FSE (Full Site Editing) Outreach Program has its first call for Testers, specifically designed to explore the interaction between the two editing experiences (post vs. template editing) to make sure it’s clear when users are editing each. If you’d like to help test and provide feedback, please comment on the related post.

Another Week in Core blogpost was published. Most of the tickets of that timeline relate to Twenty Twenty-One and Twenty Nineteen bundled themes. Core team reps added a new props section to highlight contributors who made their very first contribution to WordPress Core.

A weekly Gutenberg update was also published on Make/Core.

Twenty Twenty-One and Twenty-Nineteen bundled themes recently had version updates. @desrosj published a recap on Make/Core. Indeed, bundled themes can iterate independently from Core releases. Of course, WP Core next point releaseMinor Release A set of releases or versions having the same minor version number may be collectively referred to as .x , for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, 5.2.3, and all other versions in the 5.2 (five dot two) branch of that software. Minor Releases often make improvements to existing features and functionality. will ship these changes.

Upcoming WordPress releases

WordPress 5.7

Triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. Lead @hellofromtonya shared some insights:

  • We’ve had 4 early scrubs in Dec: with one in APAC and the other for EMEA/AMER
  • Participation has been light due to the year end and holidays
  • In January, we’ll shift focus to early, high priority, features, and enhancements

And also TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. stats:

  • 200 tickets in the milestone
  • 33 closed tickets
  • 31 tickets marked early
  • 86 defects
  • 68 enhancements
  • 6 features
  • 18 tasks

200 tickets for a major releasemajor release A release, identified by the first two numbers (3.6), which is the focus of a full release cycle and feature development. WordPress uses decimaling count for major release versions, so 2.8, 2.9, 3.0, and 3.1 are sequential and comparable in scope. is quite light. @hellofromtonya will be looking for other opportunities as well as talking with component teams/maintainers to see if there are other tickets we might be able to land in the milestone. @sergeybiryukov pointed out that with 4 releases a year instead of the usual 3, it’s expected that the number of tickets in each could be a bit lower. 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 coming quickly. So the quantity of tickets needs to be balanced with time and capacity.

@hellofromtonya shared a link to tickets marked as early + needs-testing. Everyone is invited to test them and provide feedback.

WordPress 5.6.1

There is currently 49 tickets in milestone 5.6.1. 23 are already closed as fixed, mostly related to Bundled themes.

As WP 5.6.1 may probably be released around mid-January, it would be nice to schedule few 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 next week. Please get in touch with @audrasjb if you want to run a scrub. @marybaum, @metalandcoffee and @hellofromtonya raised their hands during the chat. An agenda will be published by the beginning of January.

Component maintainers updates

From @sergeybiryukov:

Build/Test Tools: Random unit testunit test Code written to test a small piece of code or functionality within a larger application. Everything from themes to WordPress core have a series of unit tests. Also see regression. failures in REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) 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 Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party controller tests due to external HTTPHTTP HTTP is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. HTTP is the underlying protocol used by the World Wide Web and this protocol defines how messages are formatted and transmitted, and what actions Web servers and browsers should take in response to various commands. request timeouts should now be resolved with [49913].

General: A second pass was made at replacing Codex URLs with a corresponding HelpHub or DevHub article in [49912].

I18Ni18n Internationalization, or the act of writing and preparing code to be fully translatable into other languages. Also see localization. Often written with a lowercase i so it is not confused with a lowercase L or the numeral 1. Often an acquired skill., Date/Time, Permalinks: No major news this week.

From @afragen:

Upgrade/Install: If you have access to a resource poor, shared hosting server we could use your testing experience on #51857. Specifically the goal is to determine if there might be a timeout issue for the zipping/unzipping processes.

@pbiron proposed to move #51928 to milestone 5.6.1. The attendees agreed to prioritize this ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. to get it ready for 5.6.1 release mid-January. @davidbaumwald raised some concern about moving an enhancementenhancement Enhancements are simple improvements to WordPress, such as the addition of a hook, a new feature, or an improvement to an existing feature. to minor releaseMinor Release A set of releases or versions having the same minor version number may be collectively referred to as .x , for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, 5.2.3, and all other versions in the 5.2 (five dot two) branch of that software. Minor Releases often make improvements to existing features and functionality. milestone and about making final decision during devchat. The ticket was changed from enhancement to blessed task as this is not an enhancement for end-users but mostly something related to The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. Updates APIs. @audrasjb pointed out that changing the milestone and the type of a ticket is not a final decision. Final decision will be the commit action. @dd32 was also mentionned for final decision, as WP Lead Developer and Updates APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. maintainer.

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