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  • Daryl Koopersmith 4:19 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink

    A New Frontier for Core Development 

    In a little over a decade, we’ve made twenty five thousand commits to WordPress. WordPress (along with the web itself) has come a long way, but our development workflow has remained largely the same.

    As a part 3.7, I’ll be leading an effort to revamp and streamline our development workflow. We’re going to bring all of our core components—our code, our tests, and our tooling—under one roof. Developers will be able to use and improve the tools we’re already working with day-to-day, and we’ll be able to add new tools to make working with WordPress even easier.

    We’re also making sure that any changes are compatible with our current workflow, so you won’t have to change the way you work. These changes won’t break any existing checkouts or scripts that use core.svn.wordpress.org. Now that we’ve cleared that up…


    This week, we’re creating a new repository: develop.svn.wordpress.org.

    The develop repository will be the new home for all core development. We’re going to sync over all of the commits from core.svn.wordpress.org and will reorganize this new repository to use a new directory structure:

    The src directory

    This is the WordPress core source. All of the existing WordPress core files will be moved into this directory. You’ll develop and test against this directory as usual, but the real power will come from using the rest of the tools in the repository. The contents will be optimized for development, not production (this means uncompressed files—including our internal libraries).

    The tests directory

    We’re going to pull our internal unit tests into this repository as well. This will make testing a cinch, and allow us to commit patches that include changes to both the source and the unit tests. We’ll also add JavaScript unit tests during the 3.7 cycle.

    The tools directory

    Our tools directory will include all of the little things that make our lives as developers easier. To start, we’ll include our internationalization tools, which will allow us to generate pot files from within core. We’ll also include a handful of scripts that some of us use to interact with Trac, like scripts to upload and apply patches.

    The root directory

    This frees up the root directory to include configuration files, allowing WordPress to interact more seamlessly with other applications and services like Travis CI and Composer.

    A build process

    We’ve had an implicit build process in the WordPress codebase for a considerable time now. Most of that process is now contained within bumpbot, a little script that lives on the WordPress.org servers. Whenever we update CSS or JavaScript files, bumpbot comes around, minifies them, and commits the result. Despite bumpbot’s efforts, this process is less than ideal. Our source files (in this case, JavaScript and CSS) live alongside our production-optimized files, which causes confusion and makes contributing to core considerably more difficult. Our built output—the files optimized for machines—shouldn’t live alongside the source code that’s optimized for developers, and beyond that, shouldn’t be tracked in source control.

    We’re adopting Grunt to write a real build process and help us manage and run our various tools. Grunt is a JavaScript task runner that has a robust ecosystem of plugins focused around building modern web applications. We can include tools such as integrated testing, minification, linting (for PHP, JS, and CSS), image optimization, and LiveReload—and that’s just the beginning.

    Using Grunt will be an optional but encouraged part of WordPress development. These tools are all built atop Node.js, which Grunt needs in order to function.

    So what’s happening to core.svn.wordpress.org?

    In a word, nothing. The contents of the core repository have always been optimized for production, and that’s not going to change. core.svn.wordpress.org will now serve as the repository for our built output: every time we make a commit that changes the build, the core build will be updated with a corresponding commit. As mentioned earlier, scripts and checkouts will continue to function as expected. When you download a zip of WordPress, it will still be generated from this repository.

    Let’s get started

    The develop repository will go live soon. For now, I’ve made a preparatory repository available to illustrate the structure I’ve described above, and allow us to experiment with this new workflow. You can learn more about how the tools are installed and used on the repository page. Please provide feedback on this post—the goal is not to build all of the code there first, but to provide insight into the new process.

    Lastly, I’d like to say thank you to all of the contributors who helped shape this idea over the past few months, especially at WordCamp San Francisco’s hack day. Together, we’ve created a structure that elegantly addresses many of our existing problems and opens the door to countless possibilities for better development practices.

    • Aaron Jorbin 4:26 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is incredibly exciting and awesome. It really opens the door for things like #22862 and other modernizations for how WordPress is developed. For now if we want to help, should we open issues and pull requests on the preparatory repository?

      • Andrew Nacin 4:31 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        develop.svn.wordpress.org will be going live soon, likely today. We turned issues off on that repository so the conversation wouldn’t be fractured — any general feedback code can happen here for now, while Trac will (upon launch) be the proper place to contribute code.

    • Peter Chester 4:29 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Very cool! Excited to learn more about how we can use Grunt to do this (I’ve never worked with it).

    • Boone Gorges 4:31 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is extremely exciting. I can’t wait to see how this core change trickles down through the WP dev ecosystem, especially the increased emphasis on automated testing. Thanks to all for your work so far!

    • Andrew Nacin 4:32 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think the coolest thing about this project is we’re doing it in a backwards compatible way.

    • Ryan Duff 4:36 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think it’s safe to say, the future is here.

      Awesome news and thanks to everyone involved’s effort to make this happen.

    • Jeff Bowen 4:37 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Very exciting. grunt is super powerful. I’m excited to see how it gets used here.

    • Amy Hendrix (sabreuse) 4:38 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So very excited!

    • Mike Schinkel 4:38 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is excellent news.

    • Franz Josef Kaiser 4:39 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply


    • Andrew Ryno 4:40 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Been waiting for these changes to occur for a while. Glad 3.6 is finally how so they can happen 🙂

    • Ryan Duff 4:41 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I do have 1 question, and because someone is bound to ask, we might as well discuss the elephant in the room– why stick with SVN?

      Since core.svn.wordpress.org is staying around and just being pushed to, can’t core development be rolled into git at this point and just use git-svn to push those build commits back to core.svn.wordpress.org?

      Seems like the perfect timing if it were to ever happen.

      • Ryan Duff 4:44 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        And sorry, I wasn’t trying to be pushy. Just curious.

        I know SVN is familiar to most. Is there some other technical reason?

      • Alex King 4:49 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        • chriscct7 4:51 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Then manually convert the patches and diffs to SVN style isn’t exactly fun

          • Andrew Nacin 6:30 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            SVN and Git use the same diff format, and both can be applied with patch.

            • Jonathan D. Johnson (jondavidjohn) 6:58 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink

              I don’t think he’s saying he wants to use git formatted patch files. I believe the correct sentiment here is that pain of juggling / refreshing patch files period. Creating, Passing Around, and applying patch files feels exceedingly ancient to anyone who cut their teeth on git.

            • chriscct7 10:56 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink

              I can’t reply directly to Jonathon but exactly what I mean. In an ideal world WordPress would use an open source version of a Github style program with pulls and the issue tracking. I really dislike the vast limitations of Trac.

            • Ryan McCue 2:13 am on August 7, 2013 Permalink

              (They are slightly different; git prefixes paths with `a/` and `b/`, which I don’t think `patch` handles correctly.)

            • Bryan Petty 2:16 am on August 7, 2013 Permalink

              It does handle them correctly as long as you use the right strip level value, but on the other hand, every patch I submit is built from git, except I use diff.noprefix in my repo config that prevents that “a/” / “b/” prefix entirely with every diff, and hopefully everyone is just using that instead, and saving everyone the hassle altogether.

            • Andrew Nacin 3:11 am on August 7, 2013 Permalink

              We’ll be adding a patch application script to the new develop.svn repo that will handle all sorts of incoming formats, including git diff with a/ and b/ prefixes, Trac URLs, core.svn versus develop.svn /src patches, GitHub URLs, etc. We’ll probably also add a diff-and-upload-to-Trac script.

        • Andrew Nacin 4:53 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Congratulations, anyone who runs this, you’ve just cloned the WordPress for Android source. 🙂 Will fix that.

      • Andrew Nacin 4:51 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Actually, I’m surprised it took this long for a “git” mention in the comments. 🙂 I had odds on comment one.

        The differences between core.svn and develop.svn — one being a built source as it is now, the other being a full repository with raw source, tools, and configuration — has very little to do with the version control system in use. You can check out our syncing script which would be just as complicated (actually, more so) if it involved Git or git-svn. Nothing here prevents, impedes, or for that matter helps any switch to git. It’s a different conversation.

        • scribu 5:24 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply


          If the development repo would be under git, you’d have to first ask the question:

          Do we want to preserve the commit history (i.e. commits in the production repo should roughly match commits to the src/ directory in the dev repo)?

          If the answer is yes, you will indeed have to do some git-svn gymnastics. If the answer is no, you wouldn’t need git-svn at all. Just copy the files into the prod svn repo and make a commit with a generic message using svn directly.

          But, the question “Why not move directly to git?” is still relevant:

          If you switch to git now, you will only have to maintain core.svn.

          If you switch to git later, you will have to maintain both core.svn and develop.svn.

          • Andrew Nacin 6:01 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yes, we wanted to maintain history.

            “Moving” implies we’d drop SVN for a new Git repository, which is not desirable. This project in particular was carefully designed to be a simple and painless transition. Switching version control systems would have made adopting this new structure more difficult.

            And more to the point, I’ve mentioned elsewhere that we should aim to become VCS agnostic. That means regardless of what we do now or in the future, there will need to be a develop.svn — either as the canonical repository that is mirrored to Git, or as a mirror of a Git repository. Which is why I said nothing here either impedes or helps Git.

            • scribu 6:45 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink

              I agree that this step is a big improvement over the previous workflow.

              I don’t have much faith in the idea of being VCS agnostic though, since it implies restricting the workflow to the lowest common denominator, which is SVN.

              It’s like the politically correct way of saying “we use SVN, but have official Git mirrors”.

            • scribu 7:17 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink

              To clarify, being truly “VCS agnostic” would mean that you’ll also accept pull requests made on the git (not necessarily github) repo and they will have equal visibility with svn patches.

              If you can make trac work seamlessly for both, then great, but I think it’s a waste of resources.

              “This concludes our ranting hour.”

            • Andrew Nacin 7:57 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink

              Except that the difference between “we use SVN, but have official Git mirrors” and “we use Git, but have official SVN mirrors” is a flipped switch that mostly just affects a dozen committers.

            • Andrew Nacin 8:03 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink

              But if we moved to Git, we’d need to adapt our workflow for pull requests (to a Git repo or to a GitHub mirror). And we’d need to adapt Trac to fit a change in workflow. Incidentally, we’d have to do all of this to become “agnostic”. You’d also have to consider the amount of time lost by existing contributors trying to immediately shift their current workflows (rather on their own terms), and potentially the number of contributors we lose for what could amount to a major roadblock for contributing. All of that and more easily justifies some resources. They aren’t a waste.

            • wycks 8:30 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink

              Maybe have a look at something like http://subgit.com/ (bidirectional Subversion to Git replication)

            • scribu 9:00 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink

              I find myself agreeing with you, Nacin. There still are a lot of people that know SVN, but don’t know Git and there still is this impression that git is hard to learn and/or to use.

              So, yeah, getting to a point where you can accept both svn patches and git pull requests seems like a more pragmatic approach than making a sudden switch from Subversion to Git.

              By the way, Github has great Subversion support:



          • wycks 8:32 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Nevermind it’s It’s closed source, didn’t realize.

            • Andrew Nacin 8:45 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink

              It also doesn’t work. (We’ve tried.)

            • chriscct7 10:58 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink

              Github? WordPress could use Enterprise Github or an open source version like Gitlab

          • iamntz 4:12 pm on August 7, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        • Ryan Duff 9:30 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Ok, so I’ve been pondering this all afternoon and while most questions have been answered in one form or another, what’s the new workflow?

          You’re ditching the traditional svn model of /branches /tags /trunk and going to a more git-like repo structure. And while that’s fine in git because of how branching works, it doesn’t play nice in SVN.

          develop/src essentially becomes trunk. What happens when you need to push a security patch on 3.5? Where and how does that happen?

    • Robert Dall 4:42 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If I understand this correctly dev.svn is where all the beta development will take place but core.svn is where the confirmed code will actually live.

      • Daryl Koopersmith 5:38 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        develop.svn is where all of the source code will live—it will be the repository we commit to and build on. The core.svn repository becomes the home for the processed output: the code in core.svn will be generated from the code in develop.svn, and will include production-optimized code (i.e. minified files).

    • Jeremy Felt 4:42 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Freaking awesome! Can’t wait to start using this. Any thoughts from @koop, @nacin, @markjaquith on adding a Vagrantfile to the develop repo as well?

      • Mark Jaquith 4:50 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Indeed, I brought that up while we were discussing this at WordCamp San Francisco. Absolutely something that could be in the cards.

        • Jeremy Felt 4:54 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Beautiful. I will gladly dive into this.

          • Bryan Petty 1:46 am on August 7, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I’ve briefly been looking at this myself, and I think there might be some benefit to re-using Puppet Labs’ pre-built vagrant boxes, and using their same process (Veewee) for building new boxes we need that they’re missing (which includes a PHP 5.2 box right now). Puppet’s existing Veewee configurations could easily be cloned with minor modifications too. It’s all flexible, well defined, reproducible, and well automated.

            It should give everyone a great way to quickly spin up esoteric (but supported) hosting environments to hunt down bugs and test new features regardless of what hardware everyone has.

            • Jeremy Felt 4:56 pm on August 7, 2013 Permalink

              I have some (quickly outdated) thoughts that I wrote up on what a core Vagrantfile would accomplish. Need to rewrite that a bit now that all of this magic has been released. I personally don’t care for Puppet and would rather WP.org start with a blank box of our own, though it’d be interesting to compare the benefits. http://jeremyfelt.com/code/2013/07/28/a-wordpress-core-vagrantfile/

      • rilwis 3:44 pm on August 8, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Quite interesting idea! All weapons in hand now!

    • Greg Rickaby 4:44 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      +1 Ryan Duff

    • Weston Ruter 4:48 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Awesome. And this is the gateway that will allow WordPress to be VCS-agnostic. Can’t wait to submit pull requests to https://github.com/WordPress/WordPress 🙂

      See @nacin: https://twitter.com/nacin/status/361200912678662146

    • tomaugerdotcom@yahoo.ca 4:50 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Very exciting guys. I hope this new change will facilitate a general cleanup of tickets in Trac and will make it easier for the community to contribute and get patches committed!

    • Gregory Cornelius 4:55 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I am super excited about this and appreciate the clever approach used to make this shift.

    • Tracy Rotton 5:05 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So does this mean we’re one step closer to using CSS preprocessors? Maybe? A little?

    • Eric Mann 5:08 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Adding JS tests to core is a huge win in my book. Not only does it help make our code more robust, it helps document what the code does. I know many newer devs who struggle to grasp some of the fancier things we’re doing with JS in core – many senior devs, too.

      I would love to help with the JS testing. Just let me know what’s needed 🙂

      P.S. Can I make a recommendation for QUnit?

      • Andrew Nacin 5:17 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        An earlier revision of this post actually said they’d likely be “QUnit-powered.” It was removed because we didn’t want to suggest we were prematurely choosing a framework. That’s something that should be discussed openly and with all other options considered, rather than being the product of some unilateral decision. (For me at least, our existing relationship with the jQuery project certainly makes QUnit appealing.)

        • Eric Mann 5:25 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Agreed. I’d be open to discussing other frameworks. Just leaning towards QUnit both because of the existing relationship with jQuery and with the easy integration it has with the aforementioned Grunt process.

      • Aaron Jorbin 5:56 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’m also excited for this part and a fan of QUnit, but it has also been a little while since I looked at all the options out there. I’m planning on spending some time playing with as many as I can later this week/early next week just to see what is out there.

        I think most of the frameworks have grunt integration, so that point is null.

        I think what is going to matter the most is robustness (what will make most of our code testable), ease of use, and cross browserness.

        A jshint file and making it so all of our code follows that will help a lot as well.

        • K.Adam White 8:49 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Aaron’s right, Grunt support is not a significant distinguishing factor anymore. I originally asked Koop & Nacin about QUnit as well, both because of the jQuery connection and the assertion-style syntax’s closer similarity to PHPUnit vs a BDD syntax, but I’m +1 for trying out the options. I’m also excited about looking into running tests in multiple browsers, à la what the jQuery team does with http://swarm.jquery.org/, but landing on a library and getting some tests in certainly comes first!

    • Robert Chapin 5:13 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Is this going to invalidate all pending patches, or can you still accept patches that were generated from core paths?

      • Andrew Nacin 5:19 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yes, we’ll continue to accept patches that were generated from core paths. (Our patch application scripts will likely end up in this repository, to boot.) So yes, you can continue to make patches off core.svn, though it might be easier if you switch to develop.svn. (If you don’t want to mess with the whole build process, you can check out just the “src” directory and create patches from there.)

        • Jeremy Felt 5:24 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’ll admit the syncing of commits confuses me. Why not do an SVN external of core.svn into the /src directory?

          • Bryan Petty 5:38 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            It would make it impossible to generate patches from SVN across the entire repository if that happened for one, but also it would negate a major benefit of including the unit tests in the same repo – Travis CI wouldn’t work properly that way.

          • Andrew Nacin 5:42 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Avoiding externals was a major goal here. (@koop may be able to elaborate further on those discussions.) We want develop.svn to become the canonical place for all development: code, tests, and tools. As Bryan pointed out, one patch — and one commit — can now include both code and associated tests. It

            core.svn will simply be a build repo, and we are implementing commit syncing because it’s much nicer than having “dumb” syncs. It didn’t take a lot of work for core.svn’s own logs to still be useful, and we felt that was worth it.

    • Terry Sutton 5:23 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Just curious if this will make it easier for beginners to get started or will result in more overhead and make it harder?

      • Andrew Nacin 5:34 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The goal is for this to be no harder. You could still run core.svn, or even just develop.svn’s /src directory — no build process required. We’re not sure it’ll make it easier to get started, but once you do, I reckon it’ll be a lot easier to contribute, in part because of how much more power these tools will bring to existing workflows.

    • Jon Brown 5:32 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This sounds like a good move. What does this mean for SCRIPT_DEBUG? I’m a little unclear how this makes it easier to do development on core since the un-minified/compressed files are no longer handy in a standard install. Again, sounds like a good move, just a little unclear how this changes running trunk.

      Perhaps outside the scope of this topic, but what’s happening with Westi’s WP Beta Tester plugin? Will that install built nightly’s w/o dev files or will that include the un-minified/compressed files?

      Finally, I echo Ryan’s comment, why not switch to git but in conjunction with this even if it’s a separate issue it seems the logical time do it..

      • Amy Hendrix (sabreuse) 5:42 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If I’m understanding all this correctly, develop.svn’s src directory will have development versions of everything, and core.svn will have production files — so if you develop against a src checkout, all the unminified files are right there.

      • Andrew Nacin 5:44 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The un-minified files will still be handy on a standard install (core.svn, a download zip, etc). The difference is that the *minified* files will no longer be in version control (in develop.svn, at least).

        While SCRIPT_DEBUG will still exist, if you are running develop.svn’s “src” directory, it’ll simply be on automatically. (We may turn WP_DEBUG on by default too. wp-dev-config.php? Who knows.) This will make it easier for people to contribute. By not tracking built files, it makes it much more obvious which files to edit.

        • Amy Hendrix (sabreuse) 5:53 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Ooh, I like the wp-dev-config.php idea (or some kind of default development profile, whatever that evolves to be) — I can’t count the number of times I’ve pointed someone toward those two constants, and I’ve forgotten one or the other myself at least as many times.

          • nofearinc 7:59 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I definitely like that idea as well, all debugging snippets could be placed there to facilitate debugging scripts, queries, log data and so forth – all in!

        • Jon Brown 7:31 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Awesome, that all makes great sense. Personal preference wp-config-dev.php, not wp-dev-config.php.

    • Gage Morgan 7:09 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I was at WordCamp Columbus last week, and since being told that I should join the core team, I realize I don’t know how to use PHP. Once I learn, how do I join?

      • K.Adam White 9:18 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Gage: First of all, PHP’s not a requirement — there’s lots of work to do with CSS, JavaScript, documentation, images, and so on, so you’re welcome whether or not you’re a PHP whiz! (Many of us are not). Second, we’re working on some “getting started w/ contributing” guidelines here: https://make.wordpress.org/core/handbook/ Basically, keep an eye out on these make.wordpress.org blogs for interesting issues, then jump in to the discussion!

    • Andrey "Rarst" Savchenko 7:11 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I am not sure about this making it easier to support Composer? Are you considering for Composer package to include this whole new repository with tests and everything, not just core?

      • scribu 7:24 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        To be fair, most Composer packages do include their respective test suites.

        • Andrey "Rarst" Savchenko 7:29 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Yes, that was my first thought that by analogy it would make sense… However most Composer packages:

          (1) are much smaller than WP core and there isn’t much of test stuff accordingly (or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention to volume)

          (2) do not expose their folder structure in URL, core doesn’t work like that – any extra levvel in folder structure would be reflected in admin URL

          • Bryan Petty 2:10 am on August 7, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I’m not sure there is a hosting company out there that doesn’t let you customize the webroot directory, which they’ve technically already done when they mapped your domain to a default folder. In fact, if that root directory is exposed in your URL, you did something very wrong to begin with because you’ve also now exposed everything else to your webserver (tests, tools and scripts, etc).

            Not that it matters all that much anyway though because anyone using Composer is typically the type of audience that is building out custom servers. For your typical one-click-installers, they’ll still be powered from zip builds off core.svn, not including tests or the extra subdirectory, and they’ll still handle upgrades the same way they always have (along with whatever new automatic security upgrades happen past 3.7).

            For those advanced users making use of Composer, not only can that process of explaining which directory needs to be the webroot be documented, but I think most Composer users are used to configuring that anyway with most new projects built on popular frameworks. It’s “public” for Laravel, “app/webroot” for CakePHP, “web” for Symfony, etc…

            On the other hand, I do understand your concerns here. I’m more worried about how the existing “wordpress-plugin” / theme / muplugin installer types will now be in the wrong location by default unless we also broke wp-content out into the root of the repo alongside “src”, and was simply linked to during dev env config, and copied into the appropriate location in packages during releases. Of course, this is also why composer-installers is not built-in functionality in the first place, and is discouraged when possible, and end-users can still fix this themselves in their project root.

    • adamsilverstein 8:35 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Very exciting, great introductory post & comments – thanks for all the thought that went into the is process already!

    • K.Adam White 9:13 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m curious for thoughts on a related subsidiary file re-organization — specifically, moving front-end assets (JS and CSS) out of the root of wp-includes/ and wp-admin/, and into an intermediary folder e.g. wp-includes/static/ and wp-admin/static. I’ve used this structure on a number of standalone projects and themes, and find it provides a useful separation between server-oriented code and browser-oriented code.

      • Andrew Nacin 6:46 am on August 7, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Because these are public files, anyone can just reference them in a script src or link href attribute, or use them as part of a script/style enqueue, etc. So we’ll probably hold onto wp-admin/css/$file or wp-includes/css/$file, which is much better than wp-admin/some-file.css, at least.

    • Jeff Waugh 9:31 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Terrific news! 😀

    • Japh 11:44 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wow, this is super exciting news! Looking forward to jumping back in for 3.7/3.8 development, especially now.

    • Chuck Reynolds 4:15 am on August 7, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      yuuusssss.. exciting times now through dec. 🙂

    • Lester Chan 6:34 am on August 7, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Any thoughts of including imagemin task in Grunt as well to optimize images?

  • Daryl Koopersmith 11:04 pm on February 27, 2012 Permalink
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    Team Gandalf Update 

    Last week marked the end of our second cycle and the beginning of our sprint to get things done. We began by doing just that: last Friday, we merged the theme customizer into core. There’s still quite a bit to do and polish, so please keep that in mind. Development is being trac(k)ed at #19910.

    In the past week, we’ve introduced better JS APIs, working preview navigation (you can click URLs and it works, hooray), namespaced attributes (which will allow us to enable form submission within previews), and more. We also uncovered and fixed a fairly insane bug that stemmed from a low-level bug in Opera’s JS engine. Good times.

    Moving forward, the main goals are to integrate more setting types (headers, widgets), improve the refreshing process, polish the UI, and remove any vestigial plugin cruft. Dominik’s time will be limited over the next few weeks due to exams, so if any of this sounds exciting to you, please let me know.

    • drecodeam 3:43 am on March 10, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      @koopersmith. I really like this idea and would love to contribute to it. I dont have much experience in the WordPress core code, but if you can guide me towards your roadmap, things to do or some bugs, i would love to contribute to whatever i can.

    • Paal Joachim Romdahl 12:04 pm on March 11, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Is it possible to try out the current (or soon to be current version) and create a video tutorial on what is coming into the next version of WordPress? Customization is so very important, and I look forward to checking out what you have created! My youtube channel: youtube.com/user/paaljoachim

  • Daryl Koopersmith 3:59 am on February 17, 2012 Permalink
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    Team Gandalf Update 

    Yesterday marked the halfway point of our second cycle. We’re moving along at a steady clip. The main goal for the coming week is to tie up any loose ends and begin integrating the plugin into core. Until then, follow our progress at #19910 and in the plugin repo.

    We’ve made considerable progress in the past week. We completed a first pass for menu locations and have almost all of the elements we need for custom backgrounds (all that remains is the file upload dialog and fixing the color picker). We also added the ability to alter/choose a static front page within the customization (as decided in dev chat yesterday). Under the hood, we’ve made numerous improvements including working APIs (including rendering controls, previewing, and saving) for theme_mods and options, proper handling of multidimensional IDs, and a whole bunch of bug fixes.

  • Daryl Koopersmith 11:57 pm on February 9, 2012 Permalink
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    Team Gandalf Update 

    Our first cycle ended yesterday, and all is well. Follow along with the fun at #19910 in the plugin repo.

    Dominik (ocean90) and I have implemented a base UI, and have properly sandboxed both the theme preview and the customization controls. Only the target theme can alter the controls/preview, the preview can be independently refreshed, and the controls/preview can communicate with each other.

    We’re set to begin our second cycle. A tentative scope:

    • Develop APIs for adding/previewing/saving individual settings.
    • Implement custom background (properly, with save).
    • Core integration (decided in dev chat).
    • Work with the Headerators to implement custom headers.
    • Begin work on adding menu locations.
  • Daryl Koopersmith 8:49 pm on February 3, 2012 Permalink
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    Team Gandalf Update 

    Wednesday marked the halfway point of our first iteration. The description of our current cycle can be found in #19910. Development is currently taking place in a plugin (you can find the repo here). For an overview of appearance improvements, see #19909.

    We’ve accomplished most of the initial goals for this cycle and are now refining and building out the existing concepts. Currently, the two remaining points are to add an (initially blank) save action and to enable communication between the UI and preview via postMessage.

    On Tuesday, we had a UX review with Jane where we decided to proceed with a stacked accordion UI to navigate between different components in the preview frame. We also decided to add a button to collapse the sidebar (similar to the “collapse menu” button in the admin menu, but larger and “more buttony”). Once postMessage support has been added, we’ll also experiment with a zooming feature to allow the user to get a bird’s eye view of the page. In addition to adding the save action and postMessage, ocean90 and I are hoping to get a head start on the accordion UI so we can break more tasks out to subteams.

    We have another meeting with Jane in #wordpress-dev scheduled on Monday at 21:00 UTC that will double as office hours. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to swing by the meeting, drop a comment here, or ping me (koopersmith) or ocean90 in IRC. All in all, we’re on track to meet our two week deadline.

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