Dev Chat Summary: February 24, 2021

This post summarizes the weekly dev chat meeting from February 24, 2021 (Slack Archive). There was no APAC timed dev chat this week.

Announcements

WordPress 5.6.2 was released on Monday, February 22, 2021.

WordPress 5.7 RC1 is also available for testing!

5.7 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. & developer notes

The WordPress 5.7 Field Guide has been published! All developer notes for the 5.7 release are included. Head on over and dive in!

All dev notesdev note Each important change in WordPress Core is documented in a developers note, (usually called dev note). Good dev notes generally include: a description of the change; the decision that led to this change a description of how developers are supposed to work with that change. Dev notes are published on Make/Core blog during the beta phase of WordPress release cycle. Publishing dev notes is particularly important when plugin/theme authors and WordPress developers need to be aware of those changes.In general, all dev notes are compiled into a Field Guide at the beginning of the release candidate phase. related to the 5.7 release can also be found by browsing the 5.7 and dev notes tags. Props to @audrasjb for making sure every ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. needing a dev notedev note Each important change in WordPress Core is documented in a developers note, (usually called dev note). Good dev notes generally include: a description of the change; the decision that led to this change a description of how developers are supposed to work with that change. Dev notes are published on Make/Core blog during the beta phase of WordPress release cycle. Publishing dev notes is particularly important when plugin/theme authors and WordPress developers need to be aware of those changes.In general, all dev notes are compiled into a Field Guide at the beginning of the release candidate phase. had a guardian.

Blogblog (versus network, site) post highlights

Component maintainer updates

  • Build/Test Tools: @sergeybiryukov shared #33043, #52643.
  • Upgrade/Install: @audrasjb reiterated the call for feedback on the Rollback Plugin Update Feature Plugin post.
  • Date/Time: No major news to share this week.
  • General: No major news to share this week.
  • I18Ni18n Internationalization, or the act of writing and preparing code to be fully translatable into other languages. Also see localization. Often written with a lowercase i so it is not confused with a lowercase L or the numeral 1. Often an acquired skill.: No major news to share this week.
  • Permalinks: No major news to share this week.
  • Menu/Widgets: No major news to share this week.

Open floor

  • @davidbaumwald proposed adding an officially recognized needs-testing-info keyword to TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. that can be used to request better documented steps for testing a proposed patchpatch A special text file that describes changes to code, by identifying the files and lines which are added, removed, and altered. It may also be referred to as a diff. A patch can be applied to a codebase for testing.. The Meta-#5634 ticket has been opened to field feedback.

Next week

The next dev chat meetings will take place on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at 5:00 UTC and Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at 20:00 UTC in the #core 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/. channel.

Props @hellofromtonya, @cbringmann, and @audrasjb for proof reading.

#5-6-2, #5-7, #dev-chat, #summary

WordPress 5.6.2 Release Candidate

WordPress 5.6.2 Release Candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). (RC1) is available for you to test!

There are two ways to test WordPress 5.6.2 RC1:

  • Use the WordPress Beta Tester 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 (select the point releaseMinor Release A set of releases or versions having the same minor version number may be collectively referred to as .x , for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, 5.2.3, and all other versions in the 5.2 (five dot two) branch of that software. Minor Releases often make improvements to existing features and functionality. nightlies option).
  • Download the release candidate here (zip).

What’s in this release candidate?

5.6.2 Release Candidate contains 5 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. fixes.

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. editor bug fixes:

  • #52396: Image options are not visible in pop up when the clicking replace button from Image block.
  • #52449: Can’t change font size the 5.6.1 paragraph block.
  • GH-26583: Restore block preview within the block inserter.

Other bug fixes:

  • #52440: Prevent the “Leave site” browser alert in Classic Editor when post title, excerptExcerpt An excerpt is the description of the blog post or page that will by default show on the blog archive page, in search results (SERPs), and on social media. With an SEO plugin, the excerpt may also be in that plugin’s metabox., or post content fields are missing.
  • #52018: Avoid a fatal error in PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher 8.0 when the “zip” PHP extension is disabled.

A full list of bug fixes included in this release can be found on Trac and the Gutenberg repository on GitHub.

What’s next?

The dev-reviewed workflow (double committercommitter A developer with commit access. WordPress has five lead developers and four permanent core developers with commit access. Additionally, the project usually has a few guest or component committers - a developer receiving commit access, generally for a single release cycle (sometimes renewed) and/or for a specific component. sign-off) is now required when making any changes to the 5.6 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"..

The final release is expected for Monday, February 22, 2021. Please note that this date/time can change if problems are discovered in this release candidate.

Props @audrasjb for helping to write this post.

#5-6, #5-6-2, #minor-releases, #releases