Dev chat summary – October 6, 2021

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

Highlighted blogblog (versus network, site) posts

Bringing to your attention some interesting reads and some call for feedback and/or volunteers:

Worth mentioning:

Thanks to the 21 contributors of the past week, including 4 new contributors! Kudos to the 3 coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. committers of the week, too.

A Week in Core – September 27, 2021

Upcoming releases updates

Next 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.(s)

Please note that 5.8.2 was deferred due to the lack of ready-to-ship tickets.

Reminder: @desrosj and @circlecube are co-leading the 5.8.x releases. The 5.8.x point releases are coordinated in the #5-8-release-leads SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel. This channel is public and will be archived once 5.9 is released.

Next 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.

Concerning the next major release —WordPress 5.9— a planning roundup was published some weeks ago.

@kjellr introduced the new bundled theme on Make/Core right before the devchat.

As usual, there is a public repository on GitHub so feel free to help testing the theme, and to contribute to this cool project

@chanthaboune wanted to clarify that the go/no go date was moved to October 14. It’s just for scheduling conflicts, there is not any worry over the release.

@audrasjb will run another 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. scrub on Thursday October 7, 2021 at 20:00 UTC.

Reminder: everyone is welcome to run a bug scrub on the #core Slack channel. If you are interested, please read this handbook post: Leading bug scrubs and get in touch with @audrasjb or @francina for details.

Component maintainers updates

Build/Test Tools – @sergeybiryukov

Last week, PHPUnit tests started failing on PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher 5.6 due to a combination of an older OpenSSL version and the DST Root CA X3 certificate that expired on September 30, 2021. This is now resolved by running the tests on the latest patchpatch A special text file that describes changes to code, by identifying the files and lines which are added, removed, and altered. It may also be referred to as a diff. A patch can be applied to a codebase for testing. version of PHP 5.6 (5.6.40 at the moment), instead of 5.6.20. See ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. #54223 for more details.

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. 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.@sergeybiryukov

The expired DST Root CA X3 certificate is now removed from the WP core certificate bundle to resolve issues with OpenSSL 1.0.2. See ticket #54207 for more details.

CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings.@dlh

The Customize component could use a designer’s eye on #54211.

Upgrade/Install – @afragen

There have been issues with 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 WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party installation/upgrade failures in plugins that have a large number of files. See #51857 (see comment 128 and below) and #54166.

@afragen thinks he have a solution in this pull request and would love some more testing and hopefully an early commit if appropriate.

Also, there are 2 different PRs for #22316 that take different approaches: PR1547 and PR1724.

It would be great to get feedback on which approach is preferred and work on getting that committed. Please test both and leave feedback.

@audrasjb noted that both PRs have detailed testing instructions. They are easy to test and any feedback is welcome.

@josvelasko raised a PR ready for review: PR#1688

Help/About – @marybaum

The Help/About component maintainers will hold a bug scrub on Monday, probably after 21:00. @marybaum will post an exact time in the next 24 hours.

Toolbar – @sabernhardt

@sabernhardt shared a draft of a Toolbar component update post.

He also pointed out that a docs update (#54191) was just committed today.

Script Loader – @clorith

The three tickets marked early about jQuery updates (37110, #51812, #52163) are almost ready to ship, so there are RC’s in for testing at least.

Open Floor

@annezazu wanted to encourage everyone to attend the Pattern Party call for testing for the #fse-outreach-experiment. All are welcome to join in and she is always open to feedback to make participating even easier.

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