Week in Core: Sept. 21-27, 2015

Oh Snap!, it’s time to usher in a new edition of Week in Core! If you have the time, throw a house party with some friends and read the full force of changes on Trac; if not, don’t sweat it — take simple pleasure in these highlights.

This post covers changesets [34362][34658], committed during Sept. 21–27, 2015. Let’s give a hi-five and some TLC to the 102 contributors for a combined 296 updates! Together, we’re making WordPress nice & smooth.

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#4-4, #week-in-core

Component Page Updates for 4.4

Now that 4.4 is underway, let’s update the component pages to reflect 4.4 activity. The Customize, Editor, and Press This pages serve as good templates, though they all need 4.4 updates. The component pages are targeted at beta testers. They should describe the component, list milestones (roadmap), and explain what needs testing and how to test it. Good component pages assist triage. For details, see the previous round of component page updates.

Also, if your component has a corresponding Slack chat, link to the component page from the chat’s channel topic. This assists using Slack in beta testing flows.

Component maintainers, here are your component pages…

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#components, #maintainership

Commit announcements for 3.9

Lots of news to share! First: Helen Hou-Sandí has had guest commit for the past three release cycles. She’s been spending the last year reviewing contributions, mentoring contributors, and working on some of our larger UI projects. I’m proud to announce @helen is now a permanent committer to WordPress!

We’ve invited John Blackbourn (@johnbillion) to be a committer for the 3.9 cycle. His strong, consistent contributions have been backed by excellent judgment and temperament.

Matt Thomas, who led the dashboard redesign in 3.8 (and 3.2, and 2.7, etc.), will keep his commit to continue to maintain and improve WordPress UI. He’s been a great mentor to many contributing designers and his long-term impact is indelible.

For the last few years, we’ve been granting commit access on per-cycle basis, sometimes for a particular component, feature, etc. Generally, after about a year, a guest committer can be considered for permanent commit access. Dominik Schilling, Sergey Biryukov, Drew Jaynes, and Scott Taylor have all had their commit extended for 3.9.

Drew (@DrewAPicture) was given temporary commit for inline documentation starting with 3.7. He’s been heading up the long-running initiative to document every hook in WordPress. Scott (@wonderboymusic) also started committing during 3.7, and has a particular penchant for digging deep into the query and taxonomy APIs. And Sergey (@SergeyBiryukov) and Dominik (@ocean90), well, they are forces of nature.

(@aaroncampbell was also given guest commit in 3.7, but he ended up not having much time to use it.)

Here’s a full list of those with permanent commit: @markjaquith, @ryan, @westi, @matt, @azaozz, @dd32, @koopersmith, @duck_, @helen, and me (@nacin); @lancewillett for bundled themes; @iammattthomas for UI. You might have also seen commits before from @josephscott (XML-RPC), @nbachiyski (internationalization), and @mdawaffe (secret weapon for really tricky problems).

Next weekly meeting is January 8. Happy new year, everyone. Here’s to a great 2014.

#3-9, #commit

Revisions Update, 2/5

Yesterday’s meeting focused on revisions to the revisions interface :). @lessbloat joined us to ask some great questions, and helped refocus the UI changes that have been proposed and mocked up so far. We started off by trying to identify the major uses of revisions, and settled on two primary cases: undoing mistakes by finding the last correct revisions, and reviewing changes as part of an editorial workflow.

In light of those focuses, we’ve decided to revisit the UI mockups we’ve (namely, @karmatosed and @adamsilverstein) worked on so far. The general consensus is that they’ve become overly complicated, and led to feature creep (looking at you, line-by-line accept/reject capabilities). @karmatosed is working on some new mockups for Thursday’s office hours. One possible source of inspiration may be @benbalter’s post forking plugin.

On the code side, @mdawaffe worked out a pretty comprehensive patch for the display of incorrect authors on revisions (#16215). We’ll be reviewing that, along with the patches added to the other tickets we’ve scoped for 3.6. As was the case when I last posted, progress is slow at this point due to travel and the ongoing UI discussions.

[IRC log]

#3-6, #revisions

Write a tutorial for setting up a local dev environment

A section of the core contributor handbook will be about how to set up a local test install, including a web server, Subversion, and WordPress. Because of the various operating systems and software packages out there, we’re going to need a few different tutorials.

I need some people willing to write up procedures for a number of standard setups. This includes:

  • WordPress on XAMPP (both Windows and Mac) MAMP, and MacPorts
  • TortoiseSVN and a tutorial on command-line Subversion usage, including co, up, revert, diff; patch; conflicts, etc.
  • Whatever you Linux guys use 🙂

I’d also love an article on getting the test suite up and running. Anything I’m missing?

So, for these procedures, people can volunteer (probably for their current setup). Once steps are written, others will need to test them. Many procedures may heavily borrow from or link to outside resources (such as the vendor sites themselves) — this is fine. And, there may already be some good things in the Codex or on other sites about getting WordPress running. Again, fine. (There are SVN articles by both @westi and @markjaquith, and those are probably great to start from.) Gather links, screenshots, further reading, whatever will help.

So, who is in?


/extend is currently being upgraded. Cur…

/extend is currently being upgraded. Currently @mdawaffe is working on the plugins directory. Please excuse any ceiling tiles if you’re hit with one.

#3-org, #infrastructure