Performance team meeting summary 15 March 2022

Meeting agenda here and the full chat log is available beginning here on Slack.

Focus group updates

Announcements

@shetheliving

  • Meeting time change
    • Traditionally coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. meetings shift to accommodate for DST
    • We will adjust our meeting to its original time of 16:00 UTC after DST goes into effect worldwide on Sunday, March 25
  • Support representatives for Performance Lab plugin forum
    • @shetheliving (Google 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 support lead), @jamesosborne (who works on support for Google plugins), and @mitogh (one of the technical leads on the project for 10up) will be monitoring the support forumSupport Forum WordPress Support Forums is a place to go for help and conversations around using WordPress. Also the place to go to report issues that are caused by errors with the WordPress code and implementations. and replying to topics
    • We’re always looking for help, so if you’re interested in being designated as a plugin support representative, please reach out to Bethany

Images

@adamsilverstein @mikeschroder

GitHub project

Feedback requested

Object Cache

@tillkruess @spacedmonkey

GitHub project

Feedback requested

Site Health

N/A

GitHub project

  • We’re seeking 1-2 POCs for this group; if you’re interested, please comment here or pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” in 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/.
  • @furi3r: Interesting conversation in https://github.com/WordPress/performance/issues/92#issuecomment-1067312175.
    • @flixos90: Would like some more thoughts here. Like the idea of pointing out a problem where relevant, but concerned that there’s a lack of actionable guidance here. Three options here:
      1. Merge it as is regardless of the concerns
      2. Merge it as experimental for now while addressing the concerns for a follow-up release
      3. Delay merging until the concerns have been addressed
    • @furi3r: Intention was that this would be used by hosting companies and all of them have guides on how to tackle the problem. By default, we’re pointing to https://wordpress.org/support/article/optimization/.
    • @flixos90: Fair point, but we should also have some sort of useful default
    • @spacedmonkey: With white screen of death protection, we added a filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. to enable hosting companies to link off to resources to help. I think this issue is the same. Handling messaging and resolving this, is for the hosting company, IMO.
    • @flixos90: We also included a default way for the user to fix the problem, though, which is missing more detail
    • @spacedmonkey: Agreed that once this goes into core, we need a solution. But for now, we don’t need one in the plugin, as everything in it is experimental.
    • @flixos90: “Experimental” has some nuance; some modules are days away from a feature proposal, others are more recent and earlier in exploration.
    • @tweetythierry: The definition of “experimental” has come up enough that we should document and define it.
    • Vote on a decision here by Friday, March 19 at 5pm UTC

Feedback requested

Measurement

@wp-source @josephscott

GitHub project

Feedback requested

JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. https://www.javascript.com/.

@aristath @sergiomdgomes

GitHub project

  • No updates

Feedback requested

Infrastructure

@flixos90

GitHub project

  • @flixos90: We now have plugin assets (banner and icon) in Performance Lab: Branding #144; just opened https://github.com/WordPress/performance/pull/231 to add to the repo and will deployDeploy Launching code from a local development environment to the production web server, so that it's available to visitors. to wordpress.orgWordPress.org 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. https://wordpress.org/ in the next release. Merged a few PRs in the last few days, including a 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. fix. Ready to enable branchbranch A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses branches to store the latest development code for each major release (3.9, 4.0, etc.). Branches are then updated with code for any minor releases of that branch. Sometimes, a major version of WordPress and its minor versions are collectively referred to as a "branch", such as "the 4.0 branch". auto-deletion in #209 after chat. With all these enhancementenhancement Enhancements are simple improvements to WordPress, such as the addition of a hook, a new feature, or an improvement to an existing feature. and fixes, proposing (and confirmed with team) that we will ship our next betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. release next Monday, March 21, two weeks after the first release. We only have a few issues and PRs in the milestone, which we can probably merge this week. If you have concerns, please comment on Prepare 1.0.0-beta.2 release #213.

Feedback requested

Open Floor

  • @jeffpaul: Are there any core patches (e.g., new hook in media library) that would be helpful to get into WP 6.0 to benefit this feature pluginFeature Plugin A plugin that was created with the intention of eventually being proposed for inclusion in WordPress Core. See Features as Plugins. work ahead of whatever future feature merge (e.g., in WP 6.1)?  I want to make sure we get to those things before WP 6.0 Beta 1 on April 12th.
    • @flixos90: If you’ve been working on one of the enhancements or want to work on something where you’re limited e.g. by lack of core filters or actions, now it’s the time to flag those problems
    • @pbearne: Here’s one: https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/55347
  • @craigfrancis: Can someone do a quick check on my very basic PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher perf test for #52506 at https://wpdb.eiv.dev/ (press the “001” button to see the PHP code for the first test)? I appreciate it does not account for TurboBoost, CPU temperature changes, or other processes on this VM or others, etc… I’m just wondering if this is “good enough” to check the patch isn’t likely to cause problems.
  • @pbearne: Got an offer from Tugboat for previews of core patches here; will bring up in dev chat and get more info

Help wanted

#core-js, #core-media, #performance, #performance-chat, #summary