Dev chat summary, September 1, 2021

@hellofromtonya led the chat on this agenda. You can also read the Slack logs.

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Worth mentioning

Thanks to the 34 people who contributed to WordPress CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. on TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. last week, including 2 new contributors! Kudos to the 8 core committers of the week, too

A Week in Core – August 30, 2021


  • WordPress 5.8.1 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). 1 was released right before the dev-chat.
  • @webcommsat announced that the 6th edition of WordPress Translationtranslation The process (or result) of changing text, words, and display formatting to support another language. Also see localization, internationalization. Day has started on September 1st and will run through the whole month: you can check the dedicated website.
  • @annezazu reported that a proof of concept for a migrationMigration Moving the code, database and media files for a website site from one server to another. Most typically done when changing hosting companies. to Playwright was shared during the core editor meeting and well received thus far.
  • Tonya noted that the Test team is working on updating the local testing docs in the handbook to include not only wp-env but also multiple workflow alternatives.

Empower everyone to contribute!

Tonya Mork

Component maintainers

Build/Test Tools

Work continues on improving the PHPUnit test suite and PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher 8.1 fixes.


@webcommsat and @marybaum are meeting to plan ahead for WordPress 5.9 and what are the implications of auto-updates on the About page.


Open Floor

Tonya brought up #53450 and asked for feedback. Two committers added positive comments so it looks like it’s a good candidate for WordPress 5.9.

Abha reminded everyone about the resources and links that the Marketing team created to promote multiple Make teams.

Michale Rehnert asked about how to set up a Docker container for contributing purposes. @helen suggested two resources:

Colin Stewart asked for feedback on #53152.

See you next week!

#5-8-x, #5-9, #dev-chat, #summary