Dev Chat Summary: June 23, 2021

Chats were led by @peterwilsoncc and @jeffpaul. Opened with intros and welcome.

Highlighted Posts

  • 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 shipping!
  • 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. Editor 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. Changes to Support Multiple Adminadmin (and super admin) Screens in WP 5.8
  • Bundled themes changes in WordPress 5.8
  • Extending the Site Health interface in WordPress 5.8
  • Block API Enhancements in WordPress 5.8
  • Meeting notes and stuff
  • Regular posts on A Week in CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. plus CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets. and Editor chat summaries are also available to peruse.

WP5.8 Things

  • Test the beta!
  • We added a 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.! Beta 4 is Thursday
  • RC1 is next Tuesday
  • Call for help! everything in the Has Patch/Needs Testing and Needs Patch sections could use input. 

Component Check-in

  • Build/Test Tools: sourceMaps are now ignored for non WordPress Core files to avoid a build failure for custom plugins or themes located in build/wp-content. See ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. #52689 for more details.
  • GitGit Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency. Git is easy to learn and has a tiny footprint with lightning fast performance. Most modern plugin and theme development is being done with this version control system. is now used when fetching the WordPress Importer for unit tests. Previously, SVNSVN Subversion, the popular version control system (VCS) by the Apache project, used by WordPress to manage changes to its codebase. was used and the commands were not correctly run within the Docker container. See ticket #52909 for more details.
  • Bundled themes: There are a few tickets related to polishing the new blocks added in 5.8 that need testing. And the default themes also need more testing in general for 5.8. If that’s within your area of expertise, please feel free to help out with that.

Open Floor

  • Request for feedback on (additional context in the original comment)
  • theme.json testing program is open:
  • FSE Outreach schedule is posted: