Dev Chat Agenda for February 24th 2021

Here is the agenda for this week’s meetings to occur at the following times: February 24th, 2021 at 5:00 UTC and February 24th, 2021 at 20:00 UTC.

Announcements

Blogblog (versus network, site) Post Highlights

Developer notes

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.

The WordPress 5.7 Field Guide is out! Read through it for a full breakdown of everything you need to know about WordPress 5.7.

Components check-in and status updates

  • Check-in with each component for status updates.
  • Poll for components that need assistance.

Open Floor

Do you have something to propose for the agenda, or a specific item relevant to our standard list above?

Please leave a comment, and say whether or not you’ll be in the chat, so the group can either give you the floor or bring up your topic for you, accordingly.

This meeting happens in the #core channel. To join the meeting, you’ll need an account on the Making WordPress Slack.

Props @desrosj for proof reading.

#5-7, #agenda, #dev-chat

Dev chat Meeting Summary: 17 Feb 2021

Full meeting on Make WordPress CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. 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/.

Main discussions from 05:00 meeting:

  • @afragen: the Rollback Update Failure repo (here)
  • @tellthemachines: CSSCSS Cascading Style Sheets. themed 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. scrubs in #core-css (here)

Announcements

5.7 -related

  • 5.7 Beta 3 is here! Thanks you for testing, and to all the awesome people who have been tirelessly working on making WordPress happen—even going into this second year of pandemic.
  • WordPress 5.7 Docs Focus update: @audrasjb
    • Several 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. are just about ready, pending final review from component maintainers or by the corresponding ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. authors.
    • A list of the HelpHub pages that need updates once 5.7 launches.
    • If you worked on a ticket labelled needs-dev-note, or if you want to work on a devnotedev 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., please get in touch with @audrasjb to keep everything coordinated. (Ed. note: And the release squad knows where to send your props!)
  • 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. is still planned for RC1 next week. Co-ordinating with component maintainers taking place.

Minor releases

WordPress 5.6.2. RC 1 now available – @desrosj 5.6.2 

  • This one is a very small release, and the majority of the bug testing could be done in 10-15 minutes.
  • Additional testing available, raise tracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. tickets if any issues found. Focus to continue on 5.7
  • 5.6.2 will be pushed out on Monday 22 February 2021.
  • Aim is to try out a much smaller minor 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., which fixes a small handful of user-facing bugs that were finished and ready to go.
  • If it’s received well, we could potentially explore more frequent, smaller minor releases.
  • If you have any feedback around that, please feel free to share with @chanthaboune, @desrosj, or one of the Core team reps.

What’s new in GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ 10.0.0

  • Version 10.0 is here!
  • It landed on 17 February 2021 and marks 100 releases of Gutenberg.
  • Congratulations to the Gutenberg team and all contributors involved.

Highlighted posts

Here are the latest 5.7 dev notes: 

Core editor front:

Full Site Editing:

  • work is going strong. Test, give feedback, ask friends to try it if they have never seen WP before and write down (with their consent of course) how they interact with the UIUI User interface, how does the UXUX User experience feels, etc.
  • @annezazu: The #fse-outreach-experiment needs you, no matter what you do with WordPress. The next call for testing will likely be this week, alongside a comprehensive update that follows the open submission for questions related to FSE.
  • If you want to test now, use this “How to Test” handbook page for FSE testing, and please share your feedback. (Though you don’t have to!)
  • Discussion: how to get more people sending feedback and asking questions, especially from people who do not follow the Core blogs.
    • @francina: raised questions on how to get more part, particularly students and meetups
    • @webcommsat: In Marketing, we are also helping non-tech users understand better what is happening on FSE and the benefits it will bring. This will help with future marcomms too. If anyone from a non tech background would like to add to the discussion session from this week, contact the Marketing Slack for the documents. We also work with community on newsletters and social to Meetups.
    • @timothyblynjacobs: Should we consider doing another Core dashboard widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user./callout like was done for 5.0?
    • @nalininonstopnewsuk: request to let Marketing know please if this is planned at a future date to include in the schedule. 
    • @annezazu: Latest call for questions is closed, 47 questions received. There will be future rounds for open questions so we can continue to refine the general ‘reach’ going forward.
    • @lukecarbis: We’re starting to think about restarting meetups here in Australia, so maybe we could even do some in-person click-around testing, if there is a script.
    • Where is the best place to encourage outreach on this— #fse-outreach-experiment (not a feature pluginFeature Plugin A plugin that was created with the intention of eventually being proposed for inclusion in WordPress Core. See Features as Plugins. channel) or somewhere else? @annezazu suggested #core-editor channel on Slack. @Clorith suggested FSE-outreach channel to get testing and feedback on the feature before it lands in core.
  • Discussion to continue after the meeting.
  • A Week in Core – February 15, 2021 
  • Making WordPress Releases Easier from @chanthaboune.

Updates from component maintainers

Build/Test Tools update – Updates shared by @sergeybiryukov

  • Single-and Multisitemultisite Used to describe a WordPress installation with a network of multiple blogs, grouped by sites. This installation type has shared users tables, and creates separate database tables for each blog (wp_posts becomes wp_0_posts). See also network, blog, site PHPUnit test runs on GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ Actions are now separate jobs so they run in parallel and finish faster. Total duration was ~26 minutes; now it finishes in ~16 minutes. Thanks @johnbillion. Ticket #52548: Run Multisite tests in parallel during CI for more details.
  • Work keeps going to add missing @covers tags to PHPUnit tests, for better tracking of coder coverage. Ticket #39265: Missing @covers in the comment blocks in PHPUnit tests for more details.

General: noindex robots metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. tagtag A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses tags to store a single snapshot of a version (3.6, 3.6.1, etc.), the common convention of tags in version control systems. (Not to be confused with post tags.) was added to search results, to keep search engines from indexing internal search results (and guard against reflected web spam attacks). Ticket #52457: WordPress vulnerable to search-reflected webspam for more details.

Date/Time, 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., Permalinks: No major news this week 

More from Build/Test Tools@desrosj
The GitHub Action workflow files are now backported all the way through 3.7, to bring back automated testing for those branches if they need a security release. He will publish a post with the overall status of the work on 18 February. 

Upgrade/Install:

@fragen: Feature plugin Rollback Update Failure needs testing—just install and activate.

The 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 will create a zip of the current plugin/theme version in wp-content/updates/rollback. The first test: check whether or not the process uses too many server resources. Does it cause a server timeout? There’s a filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. to simulate a failure.

@audrasjb  shared major news: @afragen has joined us as component maintainer

General component news:

@francina: Has started reaching out to component maintainers, both to gauge the situation of features/tickets for 5.8 and check how many are active. Those who aren’t will be moved to an emeriti status, like the one used for committers, as Josepha illustrated in the post Committers, Maintainers, and Emeriti

If you:

Open Floor 

@Eclev91: Raised ticket #43495: Use Semantic Versioning for releases and asked for it to be reopened. “I’ve reviewed the discussion that took place in Slack that prompted the ticket, which noted that because core is currently on a base-10 versioning system, new and ready-to-launch features like ServeHappy and GDPR were blocked behind Gutenberg development slated for 5.0 (the idea of a 4.10 to launch these features was unheard of and untested). I added my thoughts to the ticket outlining a variety of QOL improvements for both core development and core consumers (devs like myself who maintain many WP sites) that could be gained by moving to semantic versioning. I imagine folks with hosting companies working on automating updates would also have $.02 to add.” If anyone has feedback, please post it in the Trac ticket.

Testing instructions

  • @justinahinon: a WordPress testing instructions document was drafted at the contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. at Yoast (doc). Feedback about toning, phrasing, etc requested. Views on how it could work with the Core Handbook User Testing guide.
  • @jeffpaul: suggested a potential use could be in Make WordPress Test Handbook rather than the Core handbook .
  • @desrosj: this document is one that will be impossible to maintain over time. But it looks like each of the items you’ve detailed here so far look like great E2E test cases!
    • Some of these use cases could be used for user testing at meetups, or any other group of people that want to work on something together.
    • The steps change far too often release to release, and unless someone owns updating this document (or page) with each release, it will quickly become outdated. But if each of these are a test case, then they will fail when changes occur.
    • Not trying to discount having a document for testing at all! But feel this is far too detailed/intricate to maintain effectively for that purpose. 
    • @justinahinon: But if each of these are a test case, then they will fail when changes occur.

Growing Make Test Team

  • @francina: Interest in reviving the Test Team. It has been dormant for a while: no team reps, no chats.
  • During 5.6, @monikarao and others started weekly test scrubs.
  • @jeffpaul: queried whether weekly test scrubs were enough to consider people as leading the Test Team into action again. Worth encouraging.
  • Discussion: agreed.
  • @Desroj: Triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. team actually falls under the Test team’s umbrella now. Results of that team’s efforts are usually posted to each individual ticket as we go through them. But that is just one form of testing.
  • We have a group of dedicated people showing up every week and that is amazing. At least one person on the team scrubs tickets present on a nearly daily basis.
  • @nalininonstopnewsuk: we are planning a promote a team every month idea in marketing. If you decide to put a plea out for testing team, let us know to feature it in the schedule. Agreed.

Thanks to @nalininonstopnewsuk, @webcommsat. and @marybaum for the dev-notes this week.

#5-7, #core, #dev-chat, #summaries, #summary

Dev Chat Agenda for February 17th 2021

Here is the agenda for this week’s meetings to occur at the following times: February 17th, 2021 at 5:00 UTC and February 17th, 2021 at 20:00 UTC.

Announcements

  • WordPress 5.7 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. 3 to be released (as of dev chat start) 🎉

Blogblog (versus network, site) Post Highlights

Components check-in and status updates

  • Check-in with each component for status updates.
  • Poll for components that need assistance.

Open Floor

Do you have something to propose for the agenda, or a specific item relevant to our standard list above?

Please leave a comment, and say whether or not you’ll be in the chat, so the group can either give you the floor or bring up your topic for you, accordingly.

This meeting happens in the #core channel. To join the meeting, you’ll need an account on the Making WordPress Slack.

#5-7, #agenda, #dev-chat

DevChat meeting Summary – February 10, 2021

@marybaum and @metalandcoffee led the weekly meetings of the WordPress CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. team, respectively at 05:00 UTC and 20:00 UTC. Here is the meeting agenda.

Link to 05:00 UTC devchat meeting on the core channel on Slack

Link to 20:00 UTC devchat meeting on the core channel on Slack

Announcements and news

Amongst other news, there is one interesting news to share: according to W3Techs, 40% of the web uses WordPress 💥

As said in the W3Techs blogpost, “The incredible success story of WordPress continues by reaching another milestone: 2 out of every 5 websites use it now.”

Upcoming WordPress releases

WordPress 5.6.1

WordPress 5.6.1 was released on February 3, 2021.

The minor 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. squad plans to release a quick 5.6.2 after some issues were discovered with Classic Editor. A 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. is being worked on in ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. #52440.

WordPress 5.7

WordPress 5.7 beta 2 was released on February 9, 2021.

@metalandcoffee: 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. 3 is next, then RC1, RC2 and finale release.

GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ 9.9 was released last week! It’s the final release that will be included in 5.7 and contains some fun improvements and lots of 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.

@melchoyce shared that the about page is in progress. The marketing team plan to work on the copy. @melchoyce asked to post the work-in-progress in ticket #52347.

@audrasjb started to work on 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. and to prepare 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.. The first one was published a couple hours before the devchat. He will now reach out to ticket owners and component maintainers to ensure we have everything in time for RC1. Also, he started to identify what HelpHub pages (documentation for end-users) will need to be updated. @clorith mentioned the FAQ & Troubleshooting page, which is going to be recommended to users when there’s been a fatal error on their website.

Component maintainers updates

Build/Test Tools (@sergeybiryukov):

  • Work has completed on upgrading older branches to run on NodeJS LTS (currently 14.x), and backporting the local Docker environment to them. These changes unblock the ability to move automated testing over to GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ Actions. See tickets #52341, #48301, and #50401 for more details.
  • The WordPress Importer 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 is now installed when installing the Docker-based local environment. See ticket #49720 for more details.

Thanks to @desrosj who is working on these tasks!

Date/Time, General, 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., Permalinks (@sergeybiryukov): No major news this week.

Customize (@dlh): #50781 has a new patch that could use review and testing.

Site Health (@clorith): Nothing new and exciting to report this week, lots of late-cycle ticket made it in though.

Upgrade/Install (@afragen & @audrasjb):

Editor (@noisysocks):

  • There are some editor issues the editor team would like to draw attention to:
    • Image 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.: Duplicate copies of media files created in library #25805
    • Cover: 9.8 does not migrate content position correctly #28656
    • Reusable block can’t be converted to a regular block #26421
    • Can’t paste text into editor on IE 11 #26988

Open floor

WordPress 5.8 release squad:

Discussion about Internet Explorer 11 support:

  • Global usage is now 1%
  • It might go up again though
  • Let’s discuss during next release cycle
  • Let’s prepare a Make/Core post to announce a potential end of support for IE 11

News from Training/Learn WP, by @webcommsat: “We are also continuing to work with Training and Learn WordPress about how we can bring all the extra information and resources post release together to support users, and looking forward to continuing to chat to Support and Docs too. This kind of working together is great and thanks to everyone who has been involved.”

#5-6-1, #5-7, #dev-chat, #summaries, #summary

Dev Chat Agenda for February 10th 2021

Here is the agenda for this week’s meetings to occur at the following times: February 10th, 2021 at 5:00 UTC and February 10th, 2021 at 20:00 UTC.

Announcements

  • WordPress 5.7 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. 2 has been released 🎉

Blogblog (versus network, site) Post Highlights

Components check-in and status updates

  • Check-in with each component for status updates.
  • Poll for components that need assistance.

Open Floor

Do you have something to propose for the agenda, or a specific item relevant to our standard list above?

Please leave a comment, and say whether or not you’ll be in the chat, so the group can either give you the floor or bring up your topic for you, accordingly.

This meeting happens in the #core channel. To join the meeting, you’ll need an account on the Making WordPress Slack.

#5-7, #agenda, #dev-chat

Devchat notes – 3 February 2021

Agenda for the two meetings. Thanks to @thewebprincess and @hellofromtonya for leading the 05:00 and 20:00 UTC devchats respectively.

Link to 05:00 UTC devchat meeting on the core channel on Slack

Link to 20:00 UTC devchat meeting on the core channel on Slack

Announcements and news

WordPress 5.7 Beta 1 is out and available for testing.

WordPress 5.6.1 landed after devchat.

Month in WordPress for January 2021 (published 3 February 2021)

Reminder from Marketing, @webcommsat: we start our marketing planning well in advance, so if you are working on something for later in the year or that could be in the Questions and Answers on 5.7 or 5.6.1, please let @webcommsat, @yvettesonneveld, and @meher know. 

Week in Core – edition 1 February 2021

What’s next in Gutenberg?

Full Site Editing (FSE)

Component maintainers and committers update

Post from @chanthaboune on encouraging and recognizing committers and maintainers following on from discussions – Committers, Maintainers and Emeriti. This will also help show which areas need support in coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress..

  • Discussion during the meeting:
    • making it easier for people to see how they can become committers
    • using official emeritus status outside core for particular roles
  • Specific comments:
    • @hellofromtonya: Any concerns with deactivating their commit status with a path to reactivate when/if they become active again? No one in the meeting raised any concerns on this.
    • @sergey: A place to mentor potential new 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..
    • @webcommsat: This would help so much with the recruitment and longer term contribution of committers too.
    • @nalininonstopnewsuk: Suggested more promotion on what skills and computer facilities potential committers would need. Supports the emeritus idea.
  • @annezazu and @hellofromtonya are interested in discussing a mentorship program.

Updates from component maintainers

@sergey

Build/Test Tools: The Sass implementation that Grunt uses has switched from node-sass to Dart Sass. That’s because LibSass and node-sass have been deprecated. Ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. #51763 for more details.

  • General: The get_home_url() function now consistently returns an httpsHTTPS HTTPS is an acronym for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. This is especially helpful for protecting sensitive data like banking information. URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org if the current request is already https, both for the adminadmin (and super admin) and front end. This fixes a previous inconsistency between the admin and front end URLs. See ticket #52421 for more details.
  • Date/Time, 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., Permalinks: No major news this week 

@audrasjb

Upgrade/Install, Menus & Widgets: no major new this week, except that all our enhancements and features were finally committed before 5.7 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. 1.

@hellofromtonya:

  • 5.7 Beta 1 is out in the wild and ready for you to test and give feedback
  • It includes 143 tickets with 68 new features and enhancements 
  • Now the focus shifts to defects as well as supporting your feedback on the beta releases
  • There are currently 118 tickets open in 5.7 [ listing ]. Please help get as many as we can into the release during the beta cycle.

Update on WordPress 5.6.1 from @audrasjb:

Update and discussion on 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/Theme Rollback

  • GitHub details on the plugin/ theme rollback update
  • @hellofromtonya: We had planned to include plugin/theme rollback in WordPress 5.7, but it will become a feature pluginFeature Plugin A plugin that was created with the intention of eventually being proposed for inclusion in WordPress Core. See Features as Plugins. first. @afragen is doing the building, and it’s almost ready to submit to WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/.
  • @ipstenu will flag it as an official beta for review
  • @davidbaumwald: is that plugin slated to roll over to the WordPress GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ account, or is it a gap-filler that doesn’t require that? @afragen: not sure it needs lots more actual work. But whatever the usual process is will be fine.
  • @hellofromtonya: currently, it’s set for feedback to validate if there are performance issues that could cause additional update failures.
  • Question: should it remain as a separate plugin repo (not on the WordPress GitHub) until we know more? Thoughts invited. @afragen: It will also be very difficult to evaluate that, but I’m open to saying if there’s a server timeout it could be related.
    • some support for moving it to WordPress GitHub account
    • @davidb suggested gaining more visibility would help and following view of the maintainers. Agreement from the meeting of the benefits of extra visibility. @audrasjb shared how promoting visibility had helped a lot for plugins and themes auto-updates, and he will share what was done for that feature plugin
    • @hellofromtonya: Getting more on it will also help us to further improve plugin and theme updates. Hoping to collect more information on the root causes for update failures
    • @sergeybiryukov: My concern is that the plugin in its current state doesn’t seem to follow the direction outlined in comment 56 on the ticket. More discussion planned for the next #core-auto-updates meeting.
    • #51857: Add rollback for failed plugin/theme updates – I don’t think that comment was as much about rollback as making the update process more robust. I think that was suggested as an alternative to rollback that would have fewer performance concerns. We could probably have both.
    • @hellofromtonya: improving the update process itself is important! If we get robust enough, it negates the need to rollback when a failure happens. That assumes though that failures will never happen, which not sure if that’s a reasonable assumption.

Next steps:

Open Floor

Who is moderating feedback on the Code Reference? @audrasjb once a week and @crstauf more regularly. This is part of the Docs Team’s work.

#5-6-1, #5-7, #dev-chat, #fse, #plugin-theme-rollback

Dev Chat Agenda for February 3rd 2021

Here is the agenda for this week’s meetings to occur at the following times: February 3, 2021 at 5:00 UTC and February 3, 2021 at 20:00 UTC.

Announcements

  • WordPress 5.6.1 RC1 was released 🎉
  • WordPress 5.7 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. 1 was released 🎉

Blogblog (versus network, site) Post Highlights

Components check-in and status updates

  • Check-in with each component for status updates.
  • Poll for components that need assistance.

Open Floor

Do you have something to propose for the agenda, or a specific item relevant to our standard list above?

Please leave a comment, and say whether or not you’ll be in the chat, so the group can either give you the floor or bring up your topic for you, accordingly.

This meeting happens in the #core channel. To join the meeting, you’ll need an account on the Making WordPress Slack.

#5-7, #agenda, #dev-chat

Dev Chat Agenda for January 27, 2021

Here is the agenda for this week’s meetings to occur at the following times: January 27, 2021 at 5:00 UTC and January 27, 2021 at 20:00 UTC.

Blogblog (versus network, site) Post Highlights

Next Releases

  • WordPress 5.6.1 (Release to be scheduled)
  • WordPress 5.7 (Upcoming 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. 1 Release in one week 🎉)

Components check-in and status updates

  • Check-in with each component for status updates.
  • Poll for components that need assistance.

Open Floor

Do you have something to propose for the agenda, or a specific item relevant to our standard list above?

Please leave a comment, and say whether or not you’ll be in the chat, so the group can either give you the floor or bring up your topic for you, accordingly.

This meeting happens in the #core channel. To join the meeting, you’ll need an account on the Making WordPress Slack.

#5-7, #agenda, #dev-chat

Dev chat summary: January 21, 2021

The CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. team postponed the afternoon dev chat for 24 hours to get past the US presidential inauguration. @metalandcoffee, aka Ebonie Butler, led the meeting on this agenda.

Announcements and highlighted posts

@metalandcoffee brought the group’s attention to these items:

Ebonie also invited the group (and you, too, dear reader!) to stop by a 5.7 test scrub. There’s one every Friday at 13:30 UTC.

Releases

The Core team is busy with one minor and one major releasemajor release A release, identified by the first two numbers (3.6), which is the focus of a full release cycle and feature development. WordPress uses decimaling count for major release versions, so 2.8, 2.9, 3.0, and 3.1 are sequential and comparable in scope.

WordPress 5.6.1

5.6.1 has a squad and is deciding on a date; here are the tickets for the milestone.

WordPress 5.7

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. 1 lands on February 2. Here are the tickets in the milestone.

Per @hellofromtonya, aka Tonya Mork, noted there are 66 open features and enhancements that need committing or punting by Beta 1. (Ed. note: Beta 1 imposes a feature freeze on the release. After that, commits are 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 only. RC 1 imposes a string freeze, so Polyglots can finish translations before final release.)

Tonya had more to share about the milestone tickets. See the full discussion and consider pitching in on some tickets, especially, as @metalandcoffee pointed out, if there’s something you really want to see in the release.

Updates from component maintainers

@sergeybiryukov kicked off the updates with a general announcement that as of January 21, WordPress Core has more than 50,000 commits and thanked every past, present and future contributor.

Sergey also reported in for Polyglots, which added support for Austria to remove_accents() in #49967.

@audrasjb reported in that Menus has two tickets ready for commit. In Upgrade/Install, JB recognized @dd32, aka Dion Hulse, for his helpful insights on rollbacks.

In Design, @estelaris, aka Estela Rueda, asked for testing to review this Core color-change pull request, based on a discussion in the Design channel that was happening at the same time as devchat.

@xkon reported in from Privacy, saying he’s pretty sure they’ll be punting some tickets from 5.7 that need more iteration. The team also expects inputs from other teams, which happens a lot with privacy.

Agenda comments

jQuery UIUI User interface and #52163

Between standard reports and Open Floor, devchat takes up items people add to the comments on the Agenda post—and other items people specifically add.

That happened with a question @hellofromtonya had on ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. #52163, which is about updating jQuery UI and removing jQuery migrate. All of that is getting punted to 5.8, but at the moment there’s no firm timeline for the new jQuery UI release. Follow the discussion as it happened here.

Consolidating instructions for local dev environments

Across the WordPress Project you can find several sets of instructions that will walk you through setting up a local development environment for building WordPress sites, themes, and plugins; contributing to all of those things plus Core; and doing lots of different kinds of testing.

Those local-environment instructions vary widely in age, approach and tooling.

@paaljoachim has started a Meta ticket (as opposed to a normal ticket) to discuss consolidating those instructions and would very much like feedback, comments and people to brainstorm with.

So far, @desrosj and @hellofromtonya have offered help. But this is a big, complicated thing — so please pitch in!

WordPress Importers

@pento offers this proposal to modernize the WordPress Importers, complete with a slew of links.

As he told the group, “

There’s a lot to read, but I’d appreciate folks taking the time to go through it. :slightly_smiling_face:2:44Much of it is fairly sensible, but the last post in the series does contain a proposal for writing exporters for CMSes that don’t provide an export option, which is a departure from our usual approach.”

See the real-time discussion here.

Visual regressionregression A software bug that breaks or degrades something that previously worked. Regressions are often treated as critical bugs or blockers. Recent regressions may be given higher priorities. A "3.6 regression" would be a bug in 3.6 that worked as intended in 3.5. tests

@isabel_brison has a pull request that sets up visual regression testing in Core. The TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. ticket is #49606.

@francina raised the point that some hosts are starting to do visual regression. See that discussion here.

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.-based navigation

@metalandcoffee: “Daniel Richards wanted to let everyone know that work on the block-based Navigation screen has picked up again, and there’s a new channel for [it] ” — #feature-navigation-block-editor.

Here’s the GitHub project.

Thoughts on browser versions?

@desrosj would like some feedback on #52331: Consider using more precise browser versions for `browserslist`.

Open Floor

@sergeybiryukov reminded the group that Beta and RC releases used to come with a haiku. He wrote one for the 50,000th commit and would like Core to restart the tradition.

@metalandcoffee volunteered to do a haiku for Beta 1 and closed the chat.

#5-6-1, #5-7, #core, #dev-chat, #summaries, #summary

Dev Chat Agenda for January 20, 2021 & January 21, 2021


Here is the agenda for this week’s meetings to occur at the following times: January 20, 2021 at 5:00 UTC and January 21, 2021 at 20:00 UTC.

Please note that the regular dev chat will be one day later due to the U.S. Presidential Inauguration. The APAC-friendly dev chat will remain at its usual time.

Blogblog (versus network, site) Post Highlights

Next Releases

  • WordPress 5.6.1 (Release to be scheduled)
  • WordPress 5.7 (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. 1 is 2 weeks away 🎉 on February 2nd)

Components check-in and status updates

  • Check-in with each component for status updates.
  • Poll for components that need assistance.

Open Floor 🗣

Do you have something to propose for the agenda, or a specific item relevant to our standard list above?

Please leave a comment, and say whether or not you’ll be in the chat, so the group can either give you the floor or bring up your topic for you, accordingly.

This meeting happens in the #core channel. To join the meeting, you’ll need an account on the Making WordPress Slack.

#5-7, #agenda, #dev-chat