Weekly dev chat summary for March 10, 2014


  • WordPress for iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. update
  • WordPress for Android update
  • Google Summer of Code 2014
  • Moving the dev chat time
  • Anything else

WordPress for iOS

Last week was spent on QA for the 4.0 release and last minute bug fixes. While native stats are the tentpole feature it’s currently hard for external contributors to test this feature without the release OAuth2 secret. There is an enhancement in the works to properly support developer-created 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/ OAuth2 secrets. Submission of release 4.0 to Apple is currently scheduled on Mar 13.

WordPress for Android

Last week was spend on development of features for the 2.7 release. The big features for this release are:

  • A rewrite of the post/pages lists to remove antiquated code and also add infinite scrolling.
  • Removing the refresh icons in favor of a new pull-to-refresh feature.
  • A reimagining of notifications is in the works to show as much content as possible in the native 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.’s rather than exiting to a mobile web browser.
  • Self-signed SSLSSL Secure Socket Layer - Encryption from the server to the browser and back. Prevents prying eyes from seeing what you are sending between your browser and the server. certificates are now properly handled within the app.

Google Summer of Code 2014

Students can now submit applications for SoC. Potential applicants should also check out the Summer of Code page on WordPress.org.

Moving the dev chat time

Daylight savings time began on Mar 9 and offset the dev chat by one hour. We put it to a vote and moved the time back one hour to 16:00 UTC.

Anything else

There was a question asked regarding how developers sync up to work on issues outside of the weekly dev chat — the development team is currently very Automattic heavy so we have an ongoing backchat that we use for discussion. “External” contributors mostly use either #WordPress-mobile on Freenode or comment directly on 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. https://github.com/ issues to discuss development.

Next dev chat

The next dev chat will be held at 16:00 UTC on Mar 17th, 2014 in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

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