Dev chat summary – October 13, 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:

The proposal for a new Make/Performance team was well received by the meeting participants. Encouraging! Please add your feedback in the post comments.

Worth mentioning:

Thanks to the 30 contributors of the past week, including 3 new contributors! Kudos to the 5 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 – October 11, 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 The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel. This channel is public and will be archived once 5.9 is released.

@sergeybiryukov proposed to also backportbackport A port is when code from one branch (or trunk) is merged into another branch or trunk. Some changes in WordPress point releases are the result of backporting code from trunk to the release branch. changeset [51883] (which is milestoned to 5.8.2) to older branches.

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 last week. The first Twenty Twenty-Two meeting was hosted on October 11, in the #core-themes Slack channel.

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

The go/no go date for the main WP 5.9 features is October 14.

@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 14, 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

Upgrade/Install – @sergeybiryukov @afragen

Work has continued on addressing PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher timeouts or missing files during large 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 or theme updates. A couple of solutions were implemented so far, but it looks like the issue might not be fully resolved yet. Any testing and feedback welcome! See ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. #54166 for more details.

Also, @afragen made a few updates to the new move_dir() function based on @sergeybiryukov’s comments.

Help/About – @marybaum

Help/About: the component had a scrub Monday and is following up with another on @audrasjb will run another bug scrub on Monday October 18, 2021 at 19:00 UTC. So far two tickets are ready for commit action.

The #core-auto-updates team is still looking on getting a consensus on which approach to proceed with for #22316. Two competing PRs are proposed (1547 and 1724), there is a need to decide what is the best approach.

Open Floor

@johnjamesjacoby raised ticket #38231 and asked for another pair of eyes. @costdev pointed out some possible enhancements in the unit tests provided by the ticket.

@webcommsat shared that the Marketing Team is exploring how to help the Test Team reach extenders with the message to update their test suites to bring them in line with the latest WordPress Core PHP Test Suites.Everyone is welcome to join the collaboration in this document, and they are looking specifically for items to be filled in on the table on page 4 to 6.

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