Performance team meeting summary 14 June 2022

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

Announcements

  • @flixos90: Formal team proposal
    • Given our successes so far (5K+ 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 installs, lots of great feedback at WCEU, etc.) now is a good time to formally propose our initiative as a proper Performance Team
    • This would get us our own site on make.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/ and an entry on the top-level site
    • Feel free to ask any questions or share your thoughts on this plan in the comments
    • @spacedmonkey: Does that mean there will be “official” team members and leads?
    • @flixos90: We’ll have to see; not sure if that’s a requirement for a formal team
    • @tweetythierry: We currently have the GitHub members list, which we may use as a source of truth
  • @shetheliving: Our next release, 1.2.0, is scheduled for next Monday 20 June, which is a US holiday, so we think it would be best to move to Tuesday 21 June and have the release party in the #performance channel on June 21, 2022 at 1pm EDT
    • Asked for a thumbs up vote to approve this shift; received 8 thumbs ups so release will be moved

Focus group updates

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/.

Feedback requested

Measurement

N/A

GitHub project

  • We’re seeking 1-2 POCs for this group; if you’re interested, please comment here or ping in Slack
  • @flixos90: Update on plugin checker proposal
    • Most important decision to make soon is which approach to follow for this project
    • Things to consider:
      • Focusing on static analysis only is probably a no go, as so many aspects of performance can only be detected at runtime.
      • Server-side analysis is a solid approach as it allows for runtime checks, and we could still easily include static analysis as part of that approach.
      • Client-side analysis certainly gives the most flexibility to also include e.g. browser optimization related checks, but it also requires either a public site to be spun up or a headless browser setup, which can be tricky to have on certain environments.
    • See this as building with two potential use cases in mind:
      • For plugin developers to integrate with their own development workflows, e.g. in a GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ action
      • For the wordpress.org plugin repository to run it on plugin submission (potentially in some reduced capacity, i.e. only a subset of all checks that they consider most valuable)
    • @spacedmonkey: Wonder if we can use my ideas from a plugin like Query Monitor, like detecting duplicate queries, slowing running queries, or query counting. For example, WooCommerce adds over 100 queries to page load.
      • @flixos90: Discovering things like that would definitely be helpful and Query Monitor is a useful tool that we reuse parts from
    • @mitogh: Do we have an idea of which metrics would be considered baseline to “pass”?
      • @flixos90: Would be less of a general “pass” vs. “fail,” but more a ton of individual checks that can pass, create an error, or create a warning, like PHPCodeSniffer
    • @flixos90: One project that we should probably research more is the latest automated theme testing tool mentioned here. Current take is that we should primarily focus on a server-side approach that’s built with client-side extensibility in mind.
    • @johnbillion: I’ve considered splitting some parts of Query Monitor into Composer packages but don’t have capacity right now, happy to assist though where necessary
    • @flixos90: One more step that @mikeschroder pointed out is that we should share this proposal with a wider audience, including the plugin review team; will share shortly and also plan to publish a post on Make

Feedback requested

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@aristath @sergiomdgomes

GitHub project

  • No updates

Feedback requested

Infrastructure

@flixos90

GitHub project

Feedback requested

Open floor

Help wanted

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

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