Dev Chat Summary: July 21, 2021

@desroj led the weekly meeting at 20:00 UTC. Here is the meeting agenda.

Link to 20:00 UTC in #core on Making WordPress Slack

Notable news and blogblog (versus network, site) posts

WordPress 5.8 was released yesterday (July 20, 2021)! The new release was downloaded 7.7 million times in a little over 24 hours.

What’s next in Gutenberg?

What’s new in Gutenberg 11.1.0?

Requests for Feedback

Component Team Updates

Build/Test Tools

  • Ongoing modernization of PHPUnit tests. #53363
  • PHP_CodeSniffer updated to 3.6 (with PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher 8 support) #53477



Open Floor

  • @desroj highlighted a bug in the Multisitemultisite Used to describe a WordPress installation with a network of multiple blogs, grouped by sites. This installation type has shared users tables, and creates separate database tables for each blog (wp_posts becomes wp_0_posts). See also network, blog, site Filesystem 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. that was requested to be prioritized in 5.9.
  • @chanthaboune raised a discussion about Making WordPress Slack — what we can/should use it for. Should #core be the default channel? Should some other SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel be created to greet new users (who may or may not have context entering Slack that it is mostly a working environment)? This was a lively discussion, please add more thoughts in the comments below!
  • While it’s been a fairly quiet (some might say too quiet) and smooth release, @chanthaboune encouraged the hosting (and greater) community to check-in with support folks and report back any trends. @johnbillion also noted a handful of tickets about Widgets have been opened related to “widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. customisation and logic plugins.”

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Props to @dryanpress for taking these #summary notes!