Weekly dev chat summary for April 10, 2013

Chat log.


  • Android UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing. Update 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
  • GSoC
  • iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. New User Experience

Android UI Update Beta 2

The second Beta is out, if all goes well 2.3 will be released and announced next Wednesday (in time for the next weekly dev chat!) Not all tickets were closed but there are no blockers at this point, so we’ll want to look into a bug fix release shortly after v 2.3 is out.

Next step for Android is Notifications for WordPress.comWordPress.com An online implementation of WordPress code that lets you immediately access a new WordPress environment to publish your content. WordPress.com is a private company owned by Automattic that hosts the largest multisite in the world. This is arguably the best place to start blogging if you have never touched WordPress before. https://wordpress.com/ blogs, but a Contextual Action Bar for Comments milestone is also planned – it would make for a quick win and be a smaller release. We might want to try and get that out before Notifications.


There are quite a few mobile WordPress-related projects in the pool for GSoC this year. Eric noted that anyone who would like to participate in the Google Summer of Code and work on one of the WordPress projects can visit one of these two sites to apply:


We went on to talk about potential ideas for GSoC projects (such as this one for a Windows 8 app. When applying for GSoC and you have an idea that’s not among those already suggested you can write a description of your own and include it with your application.

There were a few ideas discussed, among others a native BlackBerry OS 10 app. We noted that projects should benefit all users and not just WordPress.com.

iOS New User Experience

There’s been progress on the iOS “NUX” iteration and we’re looking to start a discussion. Check out Sendhil’s New User Experience post and give us your thoughts. Of course we’re also looking for help in getting there, but any and all feedback is much welcome.


Danilo noted that version 2.1 of the Windows Phone app will be announced this week, featuring the editor updates and basic comment notifications for WordPress.com blogs. Some more info on the dev blog.

Next week

The next dev chat will be on April 17, 2013 at 1500 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

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