Dev chat summary, January 26, 2022

@marybaum and @webcommsat led the meeting on this agenda.

The overall focus: celebrating WordPress 5.9, “Josephine,” which landed Tuesday, January 25, after months of hard work by more than 600 contributors and a release squad with @hellofromtonya at the helm.


WordPress 5.9, ”Josephine,” is here!

Ahead of the 24-hour code freeze for 5.9, the squad released WordPress 5.9 RC4 on Monday, January 24, 2022. The freeze took effect immediately afterward.

Read the latest developer notes.

Blogblog (versus network, site) posts of note

What’s new in Gutenberg 12.4 (January 19, 2022)

A Week in Core (January 24, 2022)

Join the discussion on 2022 release planning (December 27, 2021 post by @chanthaboune). New document coming

New additions to the agenda:

Preliminary Roadmap 6.0 (January 26, 2022)

Let’s talk about WordPress 6.0 post and video hosted by @annezazu – Hallway Hangout in #fse-outreach-experiment (December 21, 2021)

After celebrations and discussion on the above, @desrosj added two more posts, both from @chanthaboune, to the list.

Our Three Big Ideas for 2022!

Big Picture Goals 2022

As @desrosj pointed out, these are really important for the year ahead. Please have a look and let @chanthaboune know if you have thoughts or questions.

An update

The day after dev chat on Thursday, @chanthaboune published Proposal: 2022 Major Release Timing. Take a look and add your thoughts there!

Major releases

@hellofromtonya congratulated everyone on the historic release and shared that after ten million downloads in the first 24 hours—ten million!—TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. showed a grand total of 17 issues, none of which raised any major issues or concerns. (Ed. note: If you speak the language of nines, where 99.9% uptime or other metric = three nines, the first 24 hours of Josephine showed nearly six nines of flawless performance.)

Looking ahead, Tonya addressed the timing of the first minor. There are patches and pull requests ready for 5.9.1 ready now, and the current thinking is for a quick release as soon as a couple of weeks from now.

She also said she was working on a 5.9 retrospective, planning to publish on Thursday, and it is out now. Please add your thoughts on the process in the comments!

Open Floor

WPDB got major love in Open Floor.

First, @craigfrancis shared ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. #52506, which updates `wpdp::prepare()` to escape identifiers safely. There were emoji equivalents to a bevy of oohs and ahs from the CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. committers in the group, and @audrasjb marked the ticket Early for 6.0.

Second, @johnjamesjacoby proposed ticket #54877 to fix the occasional exception that a WPDP/MySQLi connection can throw. The group was equally appreciative of that.

With seven minutes to spare, the chat ended with several members running off in search of ice cream.

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P.S. Want to start contributing to WordPress, and to Core in particular? Come to dev chat and volunteer to craft these summary posts! We refer to the activity as taking notes, but the whole chat is in text, so there aren’t really any notes to take. And how cool is it to be able to say you’re an author on The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. Pretty cool, I say. — MB

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