Dev Chat Summary, September 06, 2023

The notes from the weekly WordPress developers chat which took place on Thursday, September 06, 2023 at 20:00 UTC in the core channel of Make WordPress Slack.

Key Links

Highlighted Posts

A Week in Core – September 4, 2023 – Props to @audrasjb for pulling this together! Changes on TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. between August 21 and September 4, 2023:

An overview of updates in Trac between August 21 and September 4, 2023:

  • 75 commits
  • 150 contributors 
  • 25 new contributors 
  • 129 tickets created
  • 13 tickets reopened
  • 117 tickets closed

Call for testing of Performant Translations > I18N Performance Analysis: Testing of a dedicated 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 as a solution for an issue discovered where localized WordPress sites load significantly slower than a site without translations, found in an in-depth i18n performance analysis.

Proposal: An update to the Field Guide: From some of the informal discussions at the Community Summit. There are two parts of this proposal: to move earlier the date of the Field GuideField guide The field guide is a type of blogpost published on Make/Core during the release candidate phase of the WordPress release cycle. The field guide generally lists all the dev notes published during the beta cycle. This guide is linked in the about page of the corresponding version of WordPress, in the release post and in the HelpHub version page. publication by one week to the final 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., and to create and publish a simplified Field Guide on the Dev Blogblog (versus network, site). Deadline for feedback: Sept 15th.

Some of the posts from the 2023 Community Summit:

Communication and Collaboration – Finding Your Way Around WordPress

Iterating on the Team Rep role

Understanding contributor leadership roles in the WordPress open source project

and many more on the Make/Summit site

Release Updates

WordPress 6.4 Alpha 1 is underway: Beta 1 is due on September 25, 2023

Stay in the loopLoop The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post. with 6.4 by checking out:

Roadmap to 6.4

WordPress 6.4 Development Cycle hub

6.4 Editor tasks board

6.4 Release Parties Schedule and hosts

– This post aims to prepare a calendar with the expected start time for each release party and who is involved in the upcoming 6.4 milestones.

and you can follow along in the #6-4-release-leads channel

6.4 Scrub Schedule

Bug Scrub Schedule for WordPress 6.4

The 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 schedule will take place in core on the dates in this post. All are welcome to join the scrub!

Components & Tickets

6.4 Alpha dev has been underway since 18(ish) July. The window for early is closing soon. Contributors’ help is requested for testing and feedback on these tickets to help move them forward to hopefully land in 6.4.

Tickets that were raised:

CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Trac #59187: Bundled Themes need to be update to node 16 – Check out the Slack discussion for more info as it was raised by @mikestraw

Core Trac #56780: ShortcodeShortcode A shortcode is a placeholder used within a WordPress post, page, or widget to insert a form or function generated by a plugin in a specific location on your site. blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. in block-based template part in a classic theme does not get expanded – More eyes were requested by @petitphp. Please check the Slack discussion for more information.

Open Floor

Nothing was raised under this section.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be on  Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 20:00 UTC

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Props to @zunaid321 and @webcommsat for the notes and review.

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