Dev chat summary for July 10, 2013


  • Android – latest update
  • Android – NUX
  • iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. status
  • Mobile Handbook status
  • GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that 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. migrationMigration Moving the code, database and media files for a website site from one server to another. Most typically done when changing hosting companies.

Android – latest update

A smaller Android update is almost ready. There are a few changes in this release: the menu drawer now overlays the top, ‘View Admin’ was removed from the sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. and moved to Settings, there are new graphics for xhdpi devices (like the Galaxy S4), and the post editor now saves local drafts a little differently by pressing the back button and then prompting the user (before you had to change the status yourself).

Android – NUX

Mostly on hold since we’re discussing ways we can make the NUX better by showing real user posts as a part of the onboarding flow. Need to figure out what’s happening here, post coming so we can discuss.

iOS status

Some bugs were fixed based on user feedback in the forums. The An online implementation of WordPress code that lets you immediately access a new WordPress environment to publish your content. 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. Native Reader iteration is still ongoing, there’s been a lot of testing/fixing. Optimistically we should be able to open it up before the end of this week.

We briefly talked about what should come next for the iOS app, some ideas thrown out were:

  • Reader
  • Notifications
  • Visual Editor
  • iOS 7 preparation

Mobile Handbook status

The Mobile Handbook is in need of some serious work, especially in some areas. Rachel has started to look into the state of it and everyone is urged to take a look ASAP. We’ve all been busy but it’s time to make progress on the todo list and also make sure that the content that is already there is current.

GitHub migration

Last week we talked about moving the WP app’s GitGit Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency. Git is easy to learn and has a tiny footprint with lightning fast performance. Most modern plugin and theme development is being done with this version control system. repos from WordPress-Mobile to the Foundation’s GitHub account (discussion here). So far everyone seems favorable of the idea, but please share any thoughts. We’re also hoping to get a new, more stable subgit version and some changes (may be as early as by the end of this month).

Next week

The next dev chat will be on July 17, 2013 at 15:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

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