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  • Aaron Douglas 12:26 pm on April 3, 2014 Permalink
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    Weekly dev chat summary for March 31, 2014 

    IRC Chat Logs


    • WordPress for iOS update
    • WordPress for Android update
    • Google Summer of Code 2014
    • Anything else

    WordPress for Android

    2.7 is nearing completion and we’ll probably have a 2.7.1 next week to follow up the release. 2.8 is in the planning stage but we have no major features pinned for that release. @mrroundhill will be passing the baton for Android updates to either @mbiais or @sendhil starting next week.

    WordPress for iOS

    4.0.1 was submitted to the App Store for review today. It should be in the store by Friday. 4.1 is next on the radar and the code freeze date is 19-APR-2014. Expect a week of testing before submitting to the App Store.

    Anything else

    GSoC application reviews are still in progress.

    Next dev chat

    The next dev chat will be held at 16:00 UTC on Apr 7, 2014 in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

    • DStrange 9:10 pm on April 3, 2014 Permalink

      It would be nice if the Windows Phone version of WordPress received some of the love that the Android and iOS versions have lavished upon them. I’ve left the world of Android to go back to an all Microsoft Ecosystem (Lumia 1520 phone, Surface 2 tablet and Vaio Pro 13 ultrabook) and the only thing I miss as far as working goes is the excellent WordPress app. A version for smaller tablets or larger phones would make my day-to-day occupation of blogging (yes, I do earn a decent crust from blogging) quite a lot simpler. Please consider updating and improving the Windows Phone version of the WordPress client.


      • Aaron Douglas 1:40 pm on April 4, 2014 Permalink

        Thanks for the feedback! Right now development on Windows Phone & Blackberry is on hiatus so that we can focus on the platforms that have the most contribution to them. The idea being we focus on what we can make great then realign the other apps to follow suit.

        • Joseph K Muscat 5:19 pm on July 14, 2014 Permalink

          Hi is there any news on an update and completion of the Blackberry 10 beta? I have just installed but having issues, is there any support for the beta??

          • Aaron Douglas 5:39 pm on July 14, 2014 Permalink

            BlackBerry development is still on hiatus – we’re focusing on iOS and Android. BB10 code is available at https://github.com/wordpress-mobile/WordPress-BlackBerry if anyone wants to work on it, but we aren’t submitting it to the App Store in the near future.

            • Joseph K Muscat 4:18 pm on July 15, 2014 Permalink

              Hi Aaron,

              Thanks for the update! I am aware of the pause taken for this app which is unfortunate because of many us on bb10 would love to have this app. If I knew how to program I would jump on and help.

              I have downloaded the beta and many say it works ok, I am trying to login but having issues because my blog is a profoto template. Could I get some sort of support so I can even try out this beta version???

              Thanks again, any help would be appreciated!!

          • Aaron Douglas 4:27 pm on July 15, 2014 Permalink

            I can’t reply to your latest reply – I think only a limited levels of replies are allowed.

            Try disabling your plugins and see if login works – then re-enable one at a time to see which one breaks it. It could be the theme since a theme is essentially a plugin. 🙂

            • Joseph K Muscat 5:23 pm on July 15, 2014 Permalink

              Ok, Thanks I will give it a try, but if I need additional support is there another more direct method, maybe via email??

          • Aaron Douglas 12:07 pm on July 17, 2014 Permalink

            E-mail support isn’t really offered for the beta but you could try filing issues on GitHub. If you can get access to the log files on the device and help dig into the error the original contributors might be able to help. Unfortunately if there is a problem with the code it’s not actively being maintained. There are forums for BB support that contributors may be monitoring – https://blackberry.forums.wordpress.org/ and there is always the Freenode IRC chat room #WordPress-mobile – you might be able to get help from one of us in there if they’ve worked on that beta.

    • stanyy 12:51 am on May 15, 2014 Permalink

      BlackBerry Bold 9900 user here. Hoping and praying for an update (featured images) soon.

  • Eric 10:40 pm on December 20, 2013 Permalink |
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    WPAndroid and WPiOS Status: Holiday Edition 

    In our last dev chat, we decided to make an adjustment for the holidays to forego the Dec 22nd chat and instead post a progress update for the week.


    We’ve been very busy wrapping up issues with the 3.9 release. We still have some work in front of us before its ready, but we expect to start testing our first release candidate Dec 30th.


    We’d planned our second public beta on Wednesday. The team decided to push this date back a couple of days to focus on fixing some issues identified in the first beta. We’re releasing the second WPAndroid 2.6 beta today.

    Platform leads @mrroundhill and @sendhil, please add any comments you have.

    Happy Holidays!

  • Isaac Keyet 5:52 pm on December 9, 2013 Permalink |
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    Chat log


    • iOS Status
    • Android Status
    • Dev Blog and Forum merger
    • This Week

    iOS Status

    The bug fix update was in testing last week and just entered review with Apple. It looks like it’ll be out shortly. Over the past week 3.9 progressed further and the issue count is going down. The new tab bar navigation is semi-final and we’re putting in the final touches there.

    We’ve also assigned most open issues to the next few milestones, 3.9.1, 4.0, and 4.0.1. We’ll make another pass at it this week to make sure we can get each release out in a timely fashion (~3 weeks on average).

    Android Status

    2.6 is almost Beta ready — should happen tomorrow, Dec 10! QA & code freeze by end of week. Big merges came in last week for the Reader, improved “NUX” (log in/set up), and Posting improvements.

    Dev Blog and Forum merger

    We talked about the need to keep the ball moving for the forums migration. Looks like Meta will only be able to tackle it sometime in the first half of 2014, so we’re now thinking to instead start fresh and carrying all important topics over by hand. It would be relatively easy to do and we could close posting in the individual forums and direct people over.

    We did a quick show of hands and it seemed everybody like this option, so @isaackeyet will keep going with it.

    @mrroundhill brought up the need to close down the dev blogs for real as some people have still been posting there. We’ll check and make sure that posting is disabled on the dev blogs and see what comes of that.

    This Week

    • iOS: Work continues on 3.9 this week, we’re hoping to wrap up dev work towards the end of the week but it might slip a few days. The plan is to have it all tested and good to go for right after New Years (Jan 2nd).
    • Android: A few more issues to knock out for 2.6, then Beta, then QA.

    Next Dev Chat

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

  • Eric 8:03 pm on July 29, 2013 Permalink |

    Updated Mobile Handbook Todos 

    Here is an updated todo list for the Mobile Handbook. I’ve put names next to some items as a suggestion of who might be a good fit for a topic and in most cases I’ve doubled up our developers since they have big demands on their time. Its not complete so please feel free to grab an item that interested you or take your name off a topic to let someone else have a go.

    I’ve also consolidated some items into General Guides to avoid having some single page sections. Some of the pages don’t have stubs and need to be created. The contents list on the handbook front page is a little out of date at this point and we might just remove it and go off what is in the sidebar TOC. Its going away at some point anyway.


    I moved the UI Guidelines stub to the Contribute Style section since it seems a better fit there. The “Enabling Safari’s Web Inspector on iOS” topic from Tips and Tricks might be a good fit under Tutorials and Guides.

    Other Apps

    I think it makes sense to devote a short page to each of the other platforms so I’ve added those items. I think the content can be an abbreviated version of what we’re doing for the other platforms. Push back if I’m off in left field here.
    Also, we have some great documentation that Sayak wrote for the webOS app that could probably have a home here.

    Contribute Design

    I’m not sure we need to include styles for the legacy BlackBerry app, mostly because there is more demand for native BB10 and we’re not actively involved in legacy BlackBerry dev. @daniloercoli do you have an opinion about this?

    Support Help

    XML-RPC & API Contributions

    I’m not sure what this section was supposed to be about. Maybe we’re talking about native libs that interface with XML-RPC and other APIs? If we’re talking about XML-RPC itself it would belong to the core handbook.

    General Guides


    There has been some conversation about the best way to denote a page’s status: drafting, draft, editing. The handbook pages don’t seem to support tags, so I wonder if it would work to just append the status to the title. This way it would at least be easy to see a page’s status at a glance from the admin. Thoughts? If we like this idea I’ll go through and update the page titles for Rachel.

    • Eric 3:29 pm on July 31, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’ve updated titles to reflect their status (drafting, review, reviewing) and stubbed out some missing pages.

    • daniloercoli 10:45 pm on August 6, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m not sure we need to include styles for the legacy BlackBerry app, mostly because there is more demand for native BB10 and we’re not actively involved in legacy BlackBerry dev. @daniloercoli do you have an opinion about this?

      Don’t think we need to include a style guide for the legacy BlackBerry app since we’re only doing critical bug fixing for that app. The demand is for a native BB10 app.

  • Eric 4:50 pm on July 29, 2013 Permalink |

    Dev chat summary for July 29, 2013 

    Chat log


    • Project Status (iOS and Android)
    • Handbook Update
    • GSoC Update
    • REST API 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:

    • category management overhaul
    • media library access
    • theme switching
    • native reader

    We’ll announce a beta 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.

    REST API GSoC Project

    @mrroundhill gave the team a heads up about the ongoing REST API GSoC project https://make.wordpress.org/core/2013/07/24/json-rest-api-testing-updates 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.

  • Eric 3:59 pm on July 17, 2013 Permalink |
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    Dev chat summary for July 17, 2013 

    Chat log.


    • Current projects (iOS, Android, Other platforms)
    • Move dev chat time
    • Mobile handbook review
    • What’s Next

    Current projects (iOS, Android, Other platforms)

    WPiOS: We’re preparing to submit version 3.6.4 to Apple. This version adds G+ integration and fixes a few errors. We’re announcing the native reader beta today. Depending on the feedback we get and plan to submit 3.7 next week.

    WPAndroid: Currently focused on a maintenance release to address some of the outstanding issues on trac. We’ll plan to submit an update with the improvements next week.

    WPWinPhone & WPBB: No new news.

    Move dev chat time

    We’ve talked a bit offline about moving the dev chat time to either the end or beginning of the week. The reason being it’s hard to plan ahead in 1 week increments when the dev chat is right in the middle of the week. We chatted about it, and decided to try moving the weekly dev chat to Mondays at 9AM PST, 16:00 UTC, 18:00 CEST/17:00 CET. We’ll also look to move the weekly update to Mondays to correspond with the dev chat.

    Mobile handbook review

    We reviewed the status of the mobile handbook and our checklist.

    • @daniloercoli will follow up on the Windows Phone section before the weeks ends.
    • @aerych will pitch in on Windows Phone and the intro sections, with the goal of having them both ready for review this week.
    • When @mrroundhill is back we’ll ask him to update the Android section to account for any recent changes/additions to the app (e.g. menu drawer, actionbar sherlock, volley).
    • @hugobaeta has been working on the design section and we’ll try to have that ready for review soon as well.

    The rest of us should review anything that is attached to our name and remember to check off tasks as they are finished.

    What’s Next

    • WPiOS Native Reader: Beta through next week. Submit 3.7 to Apple at the end of next week depending on feedback.
    • WPAndroid Native Reader: Progress continues, focusing on UI work, likes and comments. Next week will focus on topics.
    • WPiOS: There is some work to adapt WPiOS for iOS 7 underway. We’ll share more details once Apple lifts its NDA on iOS 7.

    Xtreme Labs (XL) is pitching in to help with some new features and other improvements with WPiOS and WPAndroid.

    • A WPiOS refactor is underway, the goal being an improved architecture and increased stability. A few more weeks of effort is expected but the foundation code should be viewable next week.
    • A new media gallery feature for WPAndroid is cooking as well as a support for choosing/switching themes from the app.

    Next week

    The next dev chat will be on July 22, 2013 at 16:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

  • Eric 4:20 pm on June 12, 2013 Permalink |
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    Dev Chat summary for June 12, 2013 

    Chat log


    • WPAndroid 2.4 Notifications
    • Windows phone app update
    • BlackBerry “legacy” app
    • New contributor projects/tickets
    • iOS 3.6.1
    • iOS Native Reader

    WPAndroid 2.4 Notifications

    The notifications update as released Tuesday and its been well received.  We’ve noticed a few corner cases bugs have popped up.  They are being actively squashed and a new update will be released as soon as the last one is confirmed DOA.

    For the next planned release we’re working on two separate tracks: an update to NUX following along the lines of the iOS update, and a native reader.

    Windows Phone App Update

    An update to the WordPress for Windows Phone has been submitted and we’re awaiting its review. This update adds gallery support for self-hosted blogs running WordPress 3.5 or higher, and fixes the top five bugs reported.  We expect Microsoft to approve the app by Friday. Yay!

    @daniloercoli noted that we’re seeing an issue with header of the xml files we get from Glotpress for use in localizing the app.  Visual Studio treats the files as they are incorrectly formatted, even though the header visually appears okay. Not quite sure what the issue is but we pinged @markoheijnen about it for further investigation.

    BlackBerry “legacy” app

    We’ll be working on an update to the “legacy” BlackBerry app.  The goal of this update is to address some connection issues that folks have been experiencing and to reintroduce the “Need Help” dialog and a direct link to contact support.  We’ll also fix an issue we’ve found with the stats feature and jetpack blogs.

    New contributor projects/tickets

    @mrroundhill suggested we might identify tickets/features that would be good for a new contributor to pick up.  This could be something as simple as tagging tickets in track.  We thought this was a great idea and mrroundhill will be posting a follow up about it on the make blog.

    WPiOS 3.6.1

    A bug fix release is being prepped to submit to Apple.  A lot of issues have already been addressed (https://github.com/wordpress-mobile/WordPress-iOS/compare/master…release;3.6.1) and we’re just trying to get one or two more into this release.  We’ll most likely submit today or tomorrow.

    WPiOS Native Reader

    After some delays to get the last couple of features just right the required API changes are now being reviewed. We still have a few things left on our checklist. The next few days will be about getting the final graphics, implementing infinite scroll, and making sure everything works correctly on the iPad.  We’re looking at finally having a beta of the native reader ready by Monday June 17th.

    Next Week

    The next dev chat will be on June 19, 2013 at 15:00 UTC. Mark your calendar and join us in #wordpress-mobile on Freenode.

    • heredia21 6:54 am on June 14, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Any updates on the native app for BlackBerry 10?

    • Eric 1:21 pm on June 14, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There is a native app for BlackBerry 10 being worked on as one of the Google Summer of Code projects.

    • forrestcs 8:27 am on June 19, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi, May I ask a question about running wordpress for ios in xcode. (I struggled a long time for this problem). I am a student learning about wordpress for my course project. I downloaded and built the source code, but failed to login. I used my wordpress id and secret. The error msg is about the grant type: client cannot use \”password\” grant_type. I would really appreciate your help. Thanks..

      • Jorge Bernal 11:34 am on June 20, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We’re looking for a solution for that. In the meantime, you should be able to add self-hosted blogs to the app

  • Isaac Keyet 4:34 pm on May 8, 2013 Permalink |
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    Dev chat summary for May 8, 2013 

    Chat log.


    • iOS projects update
    • Android projects update
    • Moving dev blog discussions to make/mobile (this blog)
    • Handbook reminder

    iOS projects update

    NUX (new welcome guide, improved WordPress.com sign up) is almost complete, need to look over copy and polish a few things, then should be ready to get it translated and tested.

    WordPress.com native reader project: picking up momentum again, currently working on threaded comments which is complicated.

    Accounts migration: need to write the actual core data migration but very close to completion. Should simplify the way WordPress.com accounts act under the hood in the iOS app.

    Android projects update

    A bug fix update is going out today that fixes a bug with featured images.

    The WordPress.com Notifications project is very close to beta, no word on when just yet but should be very soon.

    Moving dev blog discussions to make/mobile (this blog)

    We decided to close the dev blogs and (if possible) migrate their data to this blog instead and keep all discussions/announcements/etc in one place. The filtering on this p2 should make it easy to only see discussions about specific platforms if you only contribute to one. @mrroundhill took it on himself to investigate what’s needed for migrating the data. @isaackeyet (me) will look into a way to display sticky messages on the dev blogs once migrations are complete. The platform leads for each platform will also post a last post on each one of the dev blogs letting subscribed readers know that the blog has been merged with make/mobile (this would be @mrroundhill, @koke, and @daniloercoli for BlackBerry and Windows Phone).

    After the chat @nacin jumped in and let us know he will assist with the migrations as well.

    Handbook reminder

    @aerych reminded himself and all others that the Handbook is still in need of looking over and updating – please refer to the separate todo post for details on what’s left and who’s responsible for what.


    @daniloercoli let everybody know that there’s a new bug fix update live for Windows Phone. It has bug fixes as well as a small new feature that lets users share permalinks to other apps on the device (such as Email, Facebook, Twitter, etc).

    Next week

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

  • Isaac Keyet 11:28 pm on April 18, 2013 Permalink |
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    We’re coming up on the end of the contributor handbook schedule. May 17th is the last date for all handbook components, after that there’s only editing left. We’ve not followed the exact structure as suggested by Docs, but we’re not far from having all parts ready either. So as we’re approaching the home stretch, I thought it best to create a check list of remaning items so we make sure everything gets done in time.

    I’ll assign people to complete the pages to the best of my knowledge.



    The state of the iOS and Graphics sections are far behind the rest, so these two only have general todos.



    Windows Phone

    Can’t find the reference right now, but if I remember correctly @daniloercoli, @aerych, and @sendhilp all wanted to take another look at the Windows Phone section. Please divide any items here in between you!

    Other Apps

    Contribute with Design

    All items assigned to @isaackeyet

    Assist with Testing

    XML-RPC & API Contributions

    General Guides

    Any takers here? @beaucollins comes to mind, let me know if you’re up for taking these on.

    Tips & Tricks


    Other todos

    • daniloercoli 8:33 am on April 19, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      BlackBerry: I will update/finish the section “Intro to app development”, but other than that don’t think we need to spend other time on this platform, that is now deprecated (BB10 is out since Jan), and the app didn’t see an update (and any contributor) since mid 2012.

      • rachel_mccollin 3:20 pm on July 9, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Hi Danilo,

        I’ve been working on the Blackberry section and have added a few comments, mainly asking if you can expand some of the acronyms for users who aren’t familiar with them. I’ll let you know when I’ve worked through it all! 🙂

    • rachel_mccollin 12:07 pm on June 7, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Would it be possible to add a ‘status’ taxonomy (or just some tags) to pages in the handbook so that they can be marked according to how they’re progressing? That way they can be marked (for example) in progress, for editing, edited. It would help me see what’s ready for me to edit and what I’ve done. People working on the other handbooks may find it useful too.

      • Isaac Keyet 12:44 am on June 20, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        @aerych any thoughts on this, how could we do it best you think?

        • Eric 2:31 pm on June 20, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I think Rachel’s suggestion of using tags is fine. For the tags how about:
          drafting : pages under development.
          draft : pages that are ready for editing.
          editing : pages being edited (duh!)
          A page without one of these tags is “published.”

          • rachel_mccollin 3:19 pm on July 9, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Unfortunately that idea doesn’t work as these are pages so don’t support tags – I should have thought of that when I suggested it! Any other suggestions? Can we add tag support to pages or would that affect the whole site?

    • Eric 4:55 pm on July 19, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think we can drop Windows Phone : Tutorials & Guides for now. The content I thought we’d put their is either already covered or is better covered on the Windows Phone dev portal and we can just add those links in the references section.

      • daniloercoli 4:38 pm on July 23, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’m with you on that. WinPhone Dev portal is a good starting point for newbies, and it’s full of resources for seasoned devs.

  • Eric 2:07 pm on April 18, 2013 Permalink |

    Interesting post over on polyglots about supporting non-system languages in the Android app. cc @mrroundhill

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