Dev chat summary for July 22, 2013

Please note: we’re now having our dev chats on Mondays @ 9:00AM PST/16:00 UTC (ref).

Chat log


  • Current projects (iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads., Android, Other platforms)
  • Mobile handbook review
  • What’s Next

Current projects (iOS, Android, Other platforms)


Bug fix update v. 3.6.4 was submitted this morning, slightly delayed but with some additional bug fixes.

More testing and polishing on v. 3.7 (native 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. Reader). Strings are ready to be translated (help out here!) The limited 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. bore fruit and a few issues were found that will be fixed shortly.

We’ve discussed adding a built-in feedback system to the iOS app but need to flesh this out more before we go at it.


Development continues on media library and themes features, you can now browse your media and edit media 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. data (title, caption, etc), and you can browse for themes on and activate them if you like. We’ve also added some good image resizing settings (kudos @daniloercoli).

There’s been some push back on removing “View Admin” from the menu drawer so we’re considering making it an option to have it re-appear in 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. for power users.

Other platforms

No updates for other platforms.

Mobile handbook review

We’ve stressed the importance of the Handbook being wrapped up, and have proceeded to work on the parts that need the most work – Windows Phone, iOS (limited), Intro sections, and Design. Android needs to be looked over as well.

The Handbook todo list is looking a whole lot better but there’s still work left to do.

Rachel has started look into the edits made in the BlackBerry section but will be on vacation for a few weeks so will have to take a look when she gets back. We’ll update this section in regards to Rachel’s recommendations.

Handbook discussion

Intro pages change
Instead of having intros for each platform or each way to contribute, we’ve merged it into one main intro to contributing to mobile altogether.

Sort order
We’ve changed the sort order of the pages to what we originally scoped out.

Disabling comments
We discussed disabling comments on all pages in the handbook by default so as to not have them be too distracting (we have the forums and this blog after all).

What’s Next

  • Mobile Handbook!


  • Refactoring project continues
  • Updating the style of the app for next-gen iOS
  • Submit 3.7 ( Native Reader)


  • Feature complete media library and ( theme switching
  • (NUX as time permits)

Next Week

The next dev chat will be on July 29, 2013 at 9:00AM PST / 16:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

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