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

WordCamp Portland is also doing a hack day…

WordCamp Portland is also doing a hack day, this coming weekend on Sunday, August 19 from 12-6pm Portland time (Pacific). Theirs will have more stuff going on, but a core hackers team is likely to emerge, especially if there are known “please work on this” requests from core team and a couple of core people ready to be on irc to answer questions.

#hack-day, #mentorship, #wcpdx, #wordcamp

Hi everyone WordCamp São Paulo is going to…

Hi everyone! WordCamp São Paulo is going to be doing a hack day on Sunday, August 26th starting at 11am their time, which is -3GMT. It would be great if the core dev team could do the same thing for them they did for WCSF’s hack day: identify a couple of things that need help, and have a core person on hand to answer questions, brainstorm, and make sure that folks are working in the right direction. I know we’d all love to go to Brazil for the weekend, but as a distributed project, I think we can make do with IRC and/or a couple of Google hangouts.

So, @nacin and the gang: What areas should people work on, and who might be able to be online that Sunday to mentor? Vinicius Massuchetto and Cátia Kitahara are the contacts for the hack day and WC.

#hack-day, #mentorship, #wordcamp