Dev Chat Summary: August 16th (4.9 week 3)

This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from August 16th (agendaSlack archive).

Feedback on 4.9 goals

  • @johnbillion: as part of ongoing Security focus, planning on several user account security related changes, for example bringing some of the Multisite confirmation emails when you change your email address into single site
  • @flixos90: Multisite team is working on REST API endpoints for the multisite objects, like sites and networks, plus improvements to the users endpoint that make it compatible with multisite
  • @westonruter: just published 0.2.0 of the codemirror-wp plugin which adds an a11y option to the user profile screen to opt-out of syntax highlighting in the same way that a user can opt-out of the visual editor
  • @westonruter: feedback and help welcomed via the CodeMirror repo
  • @westonruter: Customizer drafting and scheduling (essentially porting the features from the Customize Snapshots plugin) is currently working through designs with @joshuawold, once that’s set this will move to implementation

Component roadmaps

  • @desrosj: Multisite team using weekly meetings to re-organize the Network & Sites component’s roadmap to align with Core’s current focuses and the component’s short and long term goals
  • @desrosj: We propose using make.wordpress.org/core/roadmap/ as a location for components to house their roadmaps (multisite living at `make.wordpress.org/core/roadmap/multisite`) as roadmap posts on the Make/Core blog slowly get pushed away as new posts are published
  • @desrosj: The roadmap outline (brief descriptions of each item, a timeline, some tickets to focus on immediately) would live on these roadmap pages, and link out to make blog posts with specific details about each item.
  • Agreement to proceed with this with Multisite and assess how its working before pushing other components to do the same

General announcements

  • @koenhuybrechts: looking for update on #17268
  • @mte90: looking for update on #12955
    • @drewapicture: concern with potential performance hit due to the sheer number of times it’s called on a given page load; will leave a comment on the ticket
  • @mte90: looking for an update on #13657
    • No one around related to the Database component, will continue to look for updates via the ticket
  • @mte90: looking for an update on #40542 as well as my other patches

#4-9, #components, #core-customize, #core-multisite, #core-restapi, #dev-chat, #roadmaps, #security, #summary

Dev Chat Summary: August 2nd (4.9 week 1)

This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from August 2nd (agendaSlack archive).

4.8.1 RC2 feedback & planned release post-devchat

  • 4.8.1 includes fixes for the text widget, delayed yesterday due to performance issues identified
  • 4.8.1RC2 on WordPress.com stable, no longer experiencing the performance issues
  • No noticeable feedback in the forums regarding the text widget changes, Trac has been quiet in the widgets component
  • #41373 reported against 4.8, doesn’t seem to be a new regression introduced by 4.8.1 or a blocker
  • No concerns with the plan to release 4.8.1 after devchat

4.9 kickoff

  • 4.9 release schedule page is available, with particular highlights:
    • WordPress 4.9 will be the second “major” release of 2017 with the theme of editing code, managing plugins and themes, a user-centric way to customize a site, and polishing some recently added features over this last year.
    • October 4, 2017 is Beta 1 and feature project merge deadline.
    • October 30, 2017 is Release candidate and soft string freeze.
    • November 14, 2017 is 🎶 Target date for release of WordPress 4.9. 🎶
    • @melchoyce and @westonruter are co-Release Leads. 🎉
  • Updated set of goals for the 4.9 release and updates to the stale Customize component page coming soon (but first, release 4.8.1)

Editor / Gutenberg updates

Call for Component Maintainers

  • @drewapicture completed annual audit of Component Maintainers, some areas where new maintainers could be useful
  • The list on Make/Core reflects the most current list of maintainers
  • Please reach out if you’re interested in becoming a component maintainer

General announcements

  • @jorbin: submissions open for Kim Parsell Memorial Scholarship for WordCamp US
    • WordPress Foundation gives out a scholarship that covers the cost of hotel, transportation and a ticket for WordCamp US
    • Must be: person who self-identifies as female, active contributor to WordPress via a contributor team or a local meetup or WordCamp organizer, has financial need, and has never attended WordCamp US
    • No age limit on this scholarship, though older women are especially encouraged to apply
    • If you fit the requirements, please apply. If you know someone that qualifies, please encourage them to apply.

#4-8, #4-8-1, #4-9, #components, #core-editor, #core-restapi, #dev-chat, #gutenberg, #maintainership, #summary, #wordcamp

New Contributors Meeting Recap – July 26

Yesterday our weekly new contributors meeting was held, again with some great questions and insights into contributing to WordPress core. Here is the recap for the chat, alternatively the full chat log is also available.

Participants: @adamcarter @audunhus @desrosj @dipendahal @flixos90 @hardeepasrani @johnbillion @joyously @jsonm @samikeijonen @stevenkword @welcher @xkon

Discussion Highlights:

  • Working on one of the three focuses (Gutenberg, Customizer, REST API) is preferred, but it’s also as great to contribute to another area of core as development in those components of course has not stopped. Contributions are welcome everywhere, the focuses only gain more traction and attention at this point.
  • VVV is only one way to contribute to WordPress core. It is the recommended way to do so since it has all the tools needed preinstalled and configured, but contributors are free to choose whichever way they like. It might just require more setup work when not using VVV.
  • An easy way to make your IDE / editor aware of the WordPress coding standards regarding whitespace usage is to use the .editorconfig file that trunk contains. This file uses a common standard, and there are plugins available for almost all popular environments that automatically parse the file and adjust the whitespace settings for the project. Extensions can be found at on the website of the project. Some IDEs like PHPStorm already come with built-in tools for the WordPress coding standards.
  • While every new change in WordPress requires unit tests to verify its correct behavior (except for wording or docs changes, or those that are too complex to test for other reasons), it is not required that the person who writes a patch also needs to provide unit tests for it. It would be nice, but if someone doesn’t feel comfortable enough for the time being or first would like to get the patch reviewed, that’s perfectly fine as well.

Tickets Discussed:

  • #41370 is a good-first-bug ticket that could use some attention and work. It belongs to the REST API focus, so is likely to get reviewed and also merged quickly once ready. The goal of the ticket is to figure out why creating a term that already exists results in a 500 error, and change that to a more meaningful 400 or 409 error. Please have a look if you are interested in the REST API.
  • #41318 is another ticket that could use some work, particularly unit tests to ensure the existing patch works correctly.

First Props:

From this week on, we’ll highlight new contributors with their first props in this post. Props is what you get when a changeset lands in core where you have significantly helped with, for example through a patch, unit tests or something else. Please let us know about your first props when you get them. You can easily get an overview of your props at this URL: https://core.trac.wordpress.org/search?q=props+USERNAME&noquickjump=1&changeset=on (replacing USERNAME with your actual wordpress.org username)

This week, @xkon received his first props. Congrats! 🎉

Next week’s Meeting:

The next meeting will take place in the #core slack channel on Wednesday, August 2, 19:00 UTC. Please feel free to drop in with any questions or tickets you’d like to discuss!

Thanks to everyone that attended! As always, please feel free to leave a comment below or reach out to any of the moderators with questions on Slack.

#new-contributors, #summary

Dev Chat Summary: July 5th (4.8.1 week 3)

This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from July 5th (agendaSlack archive).

4.8.1 planning

  • #40907 is committed to trunk, but needs user testing
  • #40951 has a good patch, but not committed yet and needs user testing
    • Main holdup is the best use of pointers (or another notice mechanism) to inform users to use the Custom HTML widget going forward for adding arbitrary HTML
    • Another possible use of pointers is when a user pastes HTML into TinyMCE, to correct years of pasting into the Text widget’s textarea
  • Aiming to make a 4.8.1-alpha release build to make it easier for those testing, will also note testing steps on respective tickets
  • Will schedule bug scrubs next week & post those times separately to Make/Core

REST API: image permissions model

Editor

General announcements

#4-8, #4-8-1, #core, #core-editor, #core-restapi, #dev-chat, #summary

Dev Chat Summary: June 28th (4.8.1 week 2)

This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from June 28th (agendaSlack archive).

4.9 ideas

4.8.1 planning

  • #40951 & #40907 will be core to the 4.8.1 release being targeted around the last week of July
  • General bug scrub to be scheduled after the 4th of July holiday on the 4.8.1 milestone
  • Component maintainers please review your 4.8.1 milestone and punt to Future Release / 4.9 as necessary
  • Reminder that we are “approaching 4.8.1 tickets as more traditional regression types of issues”

Editor update

Customize update

  • appreciate more people testing 40951.3.diff
  • also appreciate testing of the HTML widget in trunk (see #40907)

REST API update

  • had a lot of new docs contributions at WCEU contributions day
  • have some momentum and hope to build upon it in coming weeks

Dev chat coordination

  • @jbpaul17 looking for 1-2 others out there to help run the weekly dev chats similar to how the Core Weekly Updates are split up
  • A great way for product/project management or otherwise non-engineers to help contribute to WordPress Core
  • Please ping @jbpaul17 if you have interest in helping out!

New contributor bug scrub/open office hours

  • idea is a weekly bug scrub/open office hours focused on new contributors
  • would include tickets tagged good-first-bug and any tickets new contributors wanted to work on
  • Likely to schedule for Wednesdays at 19:00 UTC
  • @adamsilverstein, @welcher, @stevenkword, & @flixos90 to help run the meetings
  • Please ping @adamsilverstein if you have interest in volunteering as well

General announcements

  • @m1tk00: looking for help with the Gallery Widget in the Customizer regarding the edit button
    • need to know how to send the already selected ID’s, when someone wants to edit the gallery
    • will ping @obenland or @timmyc in #core-customize for help
  • @enricosorcinelli: #21676 patched and awaiting review, how to get it more attention?
    • added needs-testing to the ticket, will ping @obenland as Themes component maintainer to review
  • @pbiron: would like to start a “feature plugin” project to work on rewriting the exporter
    • would like to rework ALL of the XML related code in core (e.g., using XMLWriter instead of echo statements, etc)
    • using XMLWriter and with some pretty drastic changes to the WXR markup
    • should be putting the 1st version up on GitHub in few days
    • also written an XML Schema for WXR 1.2
    • will add the feature proposal as a comment to the 4.9 wishlist on last week’s dev chat summary
  • @flixos90: thinking about ways to improve Trac workflow
    • wondering whether it would be possible to automatically set a has-patch keyword once a patch is uploaded?
    • It’s a bad experience for new contributors to search through tickets without a patch, but finding ones that already have one
    • will drop by #meta-tracdev to continue the conversation
  • @jnylen0@enricosorcinelli working on #39732 and #39730
    • 39732 is a sanity improvement and a follow-up to work done around 4.7 in the API, should land soon for 4.9, but it would be good to get more eyes on it especially someone who has worked on comments before
    • 39730 may as well land at or around the same time as the above
  • @welcher: would love some eyes on Load word-count and do not allow our wp-utils script to clobber it

#4-8, #4-8-1, #4-9, #core, #core-editor, #core-restapi, #dev-chat, #summary

Dev Chat Summary: May 10th (4.8 week 2)

This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from May 10th (agendaSlack archive).

4.8 Timing

  • Reminder of Beta 1 on Friday, the complete 4.8 schedule is on Make/Core
  • At this point we’re not trying to get anything in 4.8 besides the core media widgets, dashboard news upgrade, and the next version of TinyMCE (4.6.0)
  • Merge deadline goal to have the target features today (Wednesday, May 10th), and things generally closing on Friday, May 12th
  • Friday 8 PM UTC as pencils down and the beta packaging process / release to happen
  • We’ll schedule a post hoc debrief on our workflows to be more like Chrome, with frequent, major, auto-updates

4.8 Bug Scrubs

4.8 Dev Notes / Field Guide

  • Target to post Dev Notes shortly so they can be combined, published in, and communicated with the Field Guide when the Release Candidate ships around May 25th
  • Updated listing of Dev Notes needed and those responsible:
  • Per the Releasing Major Versions page, we should aim for Dev Notes around Beta 1 so let’s call that sometime next week as current focus is on actually getting to commit for Beta 1 this week

Customize, Editor, and REST API Updates

  • Customize: A general heads up to theme authors to please test the core medias widgets for compatibility issues. The sooner issues are identified the better to get them resolved before 4.8 ships.
  • Editor: They hope to tag a first pre-alpha release of the plugin this week, so keep your radars scanning for that notification to jump in to test and provide feedback there. If you’re curious how they’re building out the foundation of Gutenberg, then read “Editor: How Little Blocks Work“.
  • REST API: They would greatly appreciate any and all feedback on #38323, especially those of you familiar with meta. This isn’t crucial for 4.8, is crucial for many use cases and any help getting this into an upcoming release would be great.

#4-8, #core-customize, #core-editor, #core-restapi, #dev-chat, #media-widgets, #summary, #tinymce

Dev Chat Summary: April 19th (4.7.4 week 7)

This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from April 19th (agendaSlack archive).

4.7.4 Release Timing

  • We pushed out that RC for 4.7.4 yesterday, please test it diligently
  • So far there’s been one bug report on Trac which is assigned to @azaozz: #40480: Cursor position bug when updating WPView shortcode in 4.7.4 RC
  • Otherwise no apparent activity in the forums
  • If everything goes well the plan is to release 4.7.4 by tomorrow, Thursday, April 20th starting at 16.00 UTC

REST API Team

  • A few common themes coming up while we’ve been working on with using the REST API in the dashboard
  • In particular, a common need for date handling, hooks, and i18n across various different components
  • The other two foci will either hit into this or already have, so we propose to coordinate on a common goal here (see: #39222, #20491, and #21170)
  • Propose that we nominate someone to coordinate efforts across these, including use in the Gutenberg prototype
  • Potentially someone who can look at wider, longer term plans with JS as well
  • Assumption that there’s a broad problem here, which is that we’re lacking coordination and direction for our JS stuff
  • It may help to start having core-js meetings to coordinate this, and/or for someone to take charge of the discussion
  • @aduth & @adamsilverstein will team up to lead this effort

General Announcements

  • #40462: Add placeholders to wp_login_form()
    • users in the Israeli WordPress community requesting feature
    • Previously #24324: Placeholder support to login form
    • Will add use cases to the ticket to explain why it would make sense
    • Otherwise mark it as a duplicate and keep discussion in one place

#4-7, #4-7-4, #core-customize, #core-editor, #core-restapi, #dev-chat, #summary

Dev Chat Summary: April 12th (4.7.4 week 6)

This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from April 12th (agendaSlack archive).

4.7.4 Planning

  • There are currently 23 open tickets in the milestone
  • We had been aiming for an early May release, but an annoying bug (#40305, noted by @azaozz) related to TinyMCE and the upcoming Chrome release has forced us to reevaluate this strategy
  • After talking to Andrew and the security team, we decided on a new release date for WordPress 4.7.4: Tuesday, April 18, with April 20 as a fallback.
  • There will likely be an additional 4.7.5 release soon after this one

Customize Team

Editor Team

  • We’re in the long stretch of building and building, so we’re also holding “office hours” instead of weekly meetings.

REST API Team

General Announcements

  • @helen is going on leave after Friday, April 14th until August (probably 2017) (hopefully she meant 2017) (is it August yet?)

#4-7, #4-7-4, #core-customize, #core-editor, #core-restapi, #dev-chat, #summary

Dev Chat Summary: April 5th (4.7.4 week 5)

This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from April 5th (agendaSlack archive).

4.7.4 Planning

  • Bug scrub on Monday helped close additional tickets, < 30 tickets in the milestone
  • Needs Patch tickets likely to be punted to next release if no progress/patch soon
  • Still aiming for an early May release
  • @barry to work on resolving issue with Git mirror at develop.git.wordpress.org (tests not running on Travis, uncertain about build status)
  • Please help test tickets, especially #40085 and #40075 as high priority tickets

Community Summit and Core team reps

  • Invites to Community Summit have been sent out, please RSVP if you haven’t done so
  • @desrosj, @stevenkword, & @adamsilverstein in attendance at CS and WCEU and will be Core team reps to help coordinate for CS

Customize Team

  • Image widget is getting close to being ready for merge, so please test to help ensure its solid

REST API Team

  • #38323: Reconsider $object_subtype handling in register_meta()
    • Looking to gather feedback on a solid approach for enhancing register_meta(), so that metadata may also be registered for specific “subtypes” only, not entire object types
    • When originally enhanced (see #35658), this functionality was stripped out in the end because of a lack of decision and since time was running out in the 4.6 cycle
    • Some discussion earlier today that culminated in #core-restapi channel
    • A problem is that Core has never before used the concept of “subtypes”, we’ve always dealt with post types and taxonomies (for example) separately
    • Will continue the technical discussion in #core-restapi or on the #38323 ticket
    • If anyone has further ideas on how to clarify the functionality of register_meta(), please help us out in #core-restapi or on the related GitHub issue

π

#4-7, #4-7-4, #community-summit, #core-customize, #dev-chat, #summary

Dev Chat Summary: March 29th (4.7.4 week 4)

This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from March 29th (agendaSlack archive).

4.7.4 Planning

  • There were only 35 open tickets in the milestone at the time of the meeting.
  • 2 bug scrubs over the last 2 weeks helped close a lot of those open tickets.
  • The release is still on schedule for the first week of May, but a few more bug scrubs are necessary.
  • If you have owned a ticket, please help test it!
  • Next bug scrub will take place on April 3, 2017 at 17:00 UTC. @stevenkword offered to help.

Editor Team

  • Nothing in particular to discuss this week.
  • Work continues on the editor feature plugin.
  • Day to day discussion and work happens in the #core-editor Slack channel, and the Gutenberg GitHub project.
  • Help testing, feedback, and contributions are welcome in both places.

REST API Team

  • No updates this week.
  • Work continues in the #core-restapi Slack channel.
  • There are some component tickets in the 4.7.4 milestone that will hopefully be closer to merge this week.

Core team reps

Open Floor Items

  • @dlh brought up #36188
  • @stevenkword brought up #20899
  • Both requested additional eyes, and people to test the fixes. Both offered to trade tickets and test.

#4-7, #4-7-4, #community-summit, #core-editor, #core-restapi, #dev-chat, #summary