Dev chat summary for July 29, 2013

Chat log


  • Project Status (iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. and Android)
  • Handbook Update
  • GSoC Update
  • REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) GSoC Project
  • Next week

Project Status (iOS and Android)


Version 3.6.4 was approved by Apple Friday, Jul 26, and we released it today, Monday, Jul 29th to make sure we had folks around for the release. . This version includes crash/bugfixes and g+ integration.

Version 3.7 will be submitted to Apple Tuesday, Jul 30th. This version includes the new native reader and a new account storage system.


Lots happening on the Android front. Active projects include:

  • categoryCategory The 'category' taxonomy lets you group posts / content together that share a common bond. Categories are pre-defined and broad ranging. management overhaul
  • media library access
  • theme switching
  • native reader

We’ll announce a 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. this week that includes the new category management feature and we’ll plan for a new release next week. The rest we’ll target a date around the 1st of September.

Other platforms

No updates for other platforms.

Handbook discussion

Last week we had a few todos for the mobile handbook. @sendhilp has jumped in and started writing some of the iOS content. @mrroundhil swept the Android section and confirmed its up to date. @aerych spent some time on the “intro” section.

Work will continue this week. @aerych will put together a new todo list of the things remaining for the team. We’ll also figure out a good way to identify which pages are ready for review and which pages are still being worked on.

GSoC Update

We’ve reached the GSoC midterms. @aerych and @daniloercoli will be summating their midterm evaluations this week.

Both GSoC students hit some unexpected snags early on but have worked to overcome them and to get their projects back on schedule.


@mrroundhill gave the team a heads up about the ongoing REST API GSoC project and thought it would be cool if we could jump in and help test.

Next Week


Release 3.7. Continue work on 3.7.1 which includes some improvements to the native reader that won’t make it into 3.7 and some other bug fixes.


Release the updated categories feature as version 2.4.3.

The next dev chat will be on Aug 5, 2013 at 9:00AM PST / 16:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.